University of the Arts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy climbs up the ranking of the world’s top universities

The Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) has been ranked the 6th best university by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 in the category of performing arts. The QS World University Rankings by Subject ranked the universities offering education in performing arts for the third time this year. The Sibelius Academy climbed up the ranking compared to previous years: the list of top performing arts schools was published for the first time in 2016, when the academy was placed 7th, while in 2017, it was placed 10th.

– This serves as a great acknowledgement and encouragement for the work that we have been actively doing to improve the quality of our education and research and our international cooperation with universities, noted Kaarlo Hildén, Dean of Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy.

Once again, the Juilliard School in New York was ranked as the best university in the category of performing arts. The Royal College of Music was placed 2nd, while the Royal Academy of Music was placed 3rd, both in Great Britain. The prestigious American schools, Curtis Institute of Music and Harvard University, also ranked in the top ten.

– The Sibelius Academy’s astounding success for the third year in a row in an international university ranking is wonderful news for the whole Uniarts Helsinki. It speaks volumes of our university’s strong reputation out in the world, said Jari Perkiömäki, Uniarts Helsinki’s Rector.

Another Finnish university that ranked in the top ten on a subject-specific QS list was Aalto University, placing 9th in the category of Art and Design.

The annual university rankings by QS Quacquarelli Symonds are one of the most highly respected in the world. The field-specific rankings are based on interviews that are conducted among university teachers, researchers and employers. Participants are not allowed to evaluate their own school. Another factor that is included in the evaluation is the impact of the university’s research. This year, over 4 500 universities and 48 different subjects were included in the rankings.


Performing arts ranking 2018

All rankings by subject 2018

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Uniarts Helsinki fosters and renews art, educating artists whose work provides society with new perspectives, ways of thinking, friction and life force. Uniarts Helsinki consists of the Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, and Theatre Academy. Uniarts Helsinki has approximately 2 100 students and 740 full-time equivalent employees.