In October 2019, the Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking for engineering and technology subjects was published, which named LLU among the world's top 1,000 universities, known internationally as the Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies. Ranked universities account for a total of 5% of all higher education institutions in the world.
Leading the World University Rankings 2020 by subject: engineering and technology ranking are the California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the Cambridge University and Harvard University. However, in total, 1008 higher education and research institutions from all over the world meet the requirements for rating quality. LLU is ranked among the top 801 - 1000 higher education institutions, but Riga Technical University has a place in the group of 601 - 800.
Engineering and Technology is the most widely represented field of study and science at LLU. The studies in such fields are carried at the Faculty of Information Technologies, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Environment and Civil Engineering, Faculty of Food Technology and Forest Faculty.
It has been previously reported that the LLU ranks for the first time this year in the 1001+ group in the overall Times Higher Education ranking of 2020. The highest scores are in science and knowledge transfer, competing equally with the University of Latvia and Riga Technical University and becoming one of the world's top 1000 universities. LLU has gained 741th place in scientific indicators and 913th place in knowledge transfer.
According to the International Association of Universities, there are currently some 19’400 higher education institutions in 196 countries offering education and research activities. As a result, only about 5% of all higher education institutions in the world rank in the Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking. While other sources indicate that there are well over 25’000 such institutions.
The Times Higher Education ranking measures research-active universities from around the world using a number of criteria in five lines of action: study (study environment), science (volume, income, reputation), citability (impact of science), international profile (teaching staff, students, research) and industry income (knowledge transfer). Criteria measure the achievements of universities and rank only the world's best universities. The creators of the rating inform that in November the results of the rating will be published in other scientific fields as well.