“Sibelius Academy has been at the top of the list since the first year. The ranking is a prestigious international recognition of our high academic standard at the forefront of higher education in music. With 1,628 performing arts institutions from around the world in the category, ninth place is a fantastic result,” says Sibelius Academy Dean Emilie Gardberg.
The QS assessments are compiled using evaluations made by academic experts and employers. The employer reputation indicator is based on employers’ opinions on which institutions produce the most sought-after students of their respective fields.
“The result increases the appeal and competitiveness of Finnish art education in the world. It makes a difference when we recruit the best possible international students and academic staff to Finland and when we build strategic partnerships world-wide to develop the entire art field,” Uniarts Helsinki’s Rector Kaarlo Hildén says.
Many performing arts institutions have retained their position at the top of the ranking year after year. Once again, the Juilliard School in New York was number one. The London-based Royal College of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland placed second and third, respectively. Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien and the Norwegian Academy of Music also placed in the top ten.
The annual university rankings by QS Quacquarelli Symonds are one of the most highly respected rankings in the world. The field-specific rankings are based on surveys that are conducted among university teachers and researchers as well as higher education institutions and employers. Institutions are not allowed to evaluate themselves in the survey. This year, 51 subjects were included in the QS rankings by subject.