University of the Arts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy ranked among the world’s top universities for fourth consecutive year

The Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) was ranked 12th best by the QS World University Ranking in the category of performing arts.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject listed the best universities that offer degree programmes in performing arts for the fourth time. The Sibelius Academy has placed among the top universities since the first year of the ranking. Last year, the Academy earned its highest spot yet by placing sixth, after placing seventh in 2016 and tenth in 2017.

“Our result is excellent. There are altogether 1353 universities from around the world included in the category of performing arts, which is why 12th place is a fantastic achievement,” said Dean of Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy Kaarlo Hildén.

The QS assessments are compiled using two sources: evaluations made by academic experts and by employers who employ graduated students.

“This ranking accounts for the insights of over 4000 employers that hire performing arts graduates, and over 1250 academics that specialise in performing arts. Only three universities in the world achieve higher regard among the academic community for performing arts than Sibelius Academy,” said Senior Vice President at QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ben Sowter.

There was a slight drop in the Sibelius Academy’s overall ranking, because the QS organisation has changed the weighting of the indicators. The weighting for “employer reputation” rose by ten per cent. The employer reputation indicator is based on the employers’ opinions on which institutions produce the most sought-after and most employable students of their respective fields.

“We received the highest score ever for our employer reputation compared to our previous results, but that wasn’t enough to improve our overall position, because the number of employer evaluations we received wasn’t high enough,” Hildén explained.

“The majority of the employer evaluations come from large English-speaking countries, such as the United States and Great Britain. It is understandable that the Sibelius Academy isn’t necessarily well-known as an institution among employers in those particular countries, Hildén noted.

The Juilliard School in New York retained its position as the best university in the world for performing arts. Austrian University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna placed second and Royal College of Music in the UK third. The prestigious American schools, Curtis Institute of Music and Harvard University, also placed in the top ten.

“The fact that the Sibelius Academy ranked among the top universities of the world once again speaks volumes of the teaching staff’s passionate approach to art and of the uncomprimising quality of the teaching and research carried out at Uniarts Helsinki”, commented Rector of Uniarts Helsinki Jari Perkiömäki.

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, over 4 300 universities and 48 subjects were included in the international rankings.

Performing arts ranking 2019

All rankings by subject 2019

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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.