World University Rankings

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Current Rankings

A Pulse on Contemporary Innovation, The Current Rankings system employs a dynamic methodology, giving greater weight to recent achievements. This approach ensures that our current innovative activities and recent accolades are accurately reflected, showcasing our institution's ongoing commitment to leading-edge design and technology. Current rankings incorporate a time-weighted scoring system where recent achievements are given more weight, reflecting the institution's current standing and recent impact in the field.

Current Rankings

Rank University Country Score
1 Universidade de Lisboa Portugal 24183
2 University of Art and Industrial Design Linz Austria 18410
3 Tainan University of Technology Taiwan (China) 17918
4 Columbia University in the City of New York United States of America 13198
5 University of New South Wales Australia 9398
6 Shih Chien University Taiwan (China) 8434
7 Gerrit Rietveld Academy Netherlands 6994
8 Soore University Iran 6634
9 University of Buenos Aires Argentina 5540
10 Anadolu University Turkey 5453
11 Loughborough University Great Britain 5442
12 Holon Institute of Technology Israel 5146
13 LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore 5035
14 Waseda University Japan 4913
15 Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków Poland 4636
16 Hosei University Japan 4516
17 Mie University Japan 4452
18 Istanbul Technical University Turkey 3724
19 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology Taiwan (China) 3676
20 Zagazig University Egypt 3540
21 National Yunlin University of Science and Technology Taiwan (China) 3476
22 Kyiv Mykhailo Boichuk State Academy of Decorative and Applied Art and Design Ukraine 3321
23 Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts China 3235
24 Yuan-Ze University Taiwan (China) 3044
25 National Institute of Design India 2996
26 Konkuk University Republic of Korea 2929
27 Osaka University Japan 2893
28 Academy of Art University United States of America 2891
29 Marmara University Turkey 2826
30 Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź Poland 2812
31 Birmingham City University Great Britain 2720
32 Higher Colleges of Technology United Arab Emirates 2684
33 Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry named after A.I. Evdokimov Russian Federation 2641
34 Federal University of Santa Catarina Brazil 2601
35 Tokyo University of the Arts Japan 2452
36 El Shorouk Academy Egypt 2425
37 Hunan University of Technology China 2358
38 Nihon University Japan 2196
39 Kyoto University Japan 2194
40 Politecnico di Milano Italy 2163
41 Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw Poland 2123
42 HMKW University for media, communication and economics Germany 2089
43 Dongseo University Republic of Korea 2025
44 National Cheng Kung University Taiwan (China) 2024
45 Hongik University Republic of Korea 1864
46 Alzahra University Iran 1864
47 Stanford University United States of America 1817
48 Osaka University of Arts Japan 1800
49 LUCA School of Arts Belgium 1769
50 Pratt Institute United States of America 1750
51 University of the Arts London Great Britain 1666
52 Macau University of Science and Technology Macau (China) 1636
53 Tongji University China 1629
54 Nagoya Zokei University of Art and Design Japan 1629
55 University of Tehran Iran 1625
56 Otis College of Art and Design United States of America 1620
57 Arizona State University United States of America 1620
58 Haliç University Turkey 1600
59 Qingdao Technological University China 1570
60 UniMetrocamp Wyden University Centre Brazil 1552
61 Savannah College of Art and Design United States of America 1548
62 University of the Arts Poznań Poland 1513
63 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China 1501
64 An-Najah National University Palestine 1348
65 Coventry University Great Britain 1346
66 University of Monterrey Mexico 1332
67 De Montfort University Great Britain 1300
68 Humboldt University Berlin Germany 1296
69 Benemérita Autonomous University of Puebla Mexico 1296
70 Aletheia University Taiwan (China) 1296
71 University of Pennsylvania United States of America 1296
72 Karabük University Turkey 1296
73 IUAV University of Venice Italy 1280
74 Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore 1263
75 Kaunas University of Technology Lithuania 1225
76 School of the Art Institute of Chicago United States of America 1225
77 Srinakharinwirot University Thailand 1181
78 Poznan University of Technology Poland 1152
79 University of Art, Tehran Iran 1152
80 Shenzhen University China 1129
81 Technical University of Gabrovo Bulgaria 1053
82 Central Academy of Fine Arts China 1024
83 Notre Dame University-Louaizé Lebanon 1000
84 University of Michigan United States of America 972
85 RMIT University Australia 949
86 American University of Sharjah United Arab Emirates 925
87 University of Oklahoma United States of America 900
88 International University Centre Brazil 900
89 San Francisco State University United States of America 891
90 University of Damascus Syria 800
91 Higher School of Art and Design, Łódź Poland 784
92 Technical University of Moldova Moldova 784
93 Brno University of Technology Czech Republic 784
94 Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts China 784
95 Open University of Israel Israel 761
96 Kirikkale University Turkey 737
97 National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” Ukraine 729
98 Shih Hsin University Taiwan (China) 729
99 Ibero-American University Dominican Republic 729
100 Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp Belgium 729
101 Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen Belgium 729
102 University of Naples Federico II Italy 724
103 Lund University Sweden 697
104 AIMST University Malaysia 676
105 University of Pavia Italy 656
106 Folkwang University of the Arts Germany 648
107 Selçuk University Turkey 642
108 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece 576
109 University of Rome La Sapienza Italy 576
110 Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle Germany 576
111 Ritsumeikan University Japan 576
112 Facoltà di Design Italy 576
113 Fayoum University Egypt 576
114 Rochester Institute of Technology United States of America 576
115 Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University India 576
116 Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Malaysia 576
117 Future University in Egypt Egypt 532
118 California State University-East Bay United States of America 520
119 Gazi University Turkey 440
120 Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo Portugal 400
121 Sakarya University Turkey 400
122 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong (China) 400
123 Cornell University United States of America 400
124 London School of Economics and Political Science - University of London Great Britain 400
125 Nelson Mandela University South Africa 324
126 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China 324
127 Istanbul Nişantaşi University Turkey 324
128 The University of Newcastle Australia 324
129 National Academy of Arts Bulgaria 324
130 University of the Basque Country Spain 324
131 University for the Creative Arts Great Britain 324
132 National Technical University Argentina 324
133 Feng Chia University Taiwan (China) 324
134 Shiraz University Iran 324
135 University of Minnesota Twin Cities United States of America 305
136 Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Design and Applied Arts Russian Federation 293
137 Riga Technical University Latvia 256
138 Iran University of Science and Technology Iran 256
139 Warsaw Film School Poland 256
140 October 6 University Egypt 225
141 University of Ljubljana Slovenia 225
142 William Jewell College United States of America 225
143 Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology New Zealand 224
144 Bilkent University Turkey 214
145 Duke University United States of America 196
146 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College United States of America 152
147 Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts Ukraine 144
148 Apolon Kutateladze Tbilisi State Academy of Arts Georgia 144
149 Shenkar - Engineering. Design. Art Israel 100
150 Guido Carli Free International University of Social Studies Italy 89
151 University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City Viet Nam 81
152 Brera Academy Italy 64
153 Fluminense Federal University Brazil 64
154 Islamic Azad University Iran 45
155 Royal College of Art Great Britain 36
156 Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee India 36
157 University of San Carlos Philippines 9

Heritage Rankings

The Heritage Rankings focus on celebrating universities with a distinguished history of success in art, design, technology, and innovation, as evidenced through the A' Design Award and Competition. This ranking system emphasizes the quality of awards received rather than the sheer number, starting with the most prestigious Platinum awards and descending through Gold, Silver, Bronze, to Iron awards to resolve ties. This approach ensures that the rankings reflect long-term excellence and impact in their fields, prioritizing institutions that consistently secure top honors in the competition, thereby highlighting their leadership and sustained achievement.

Heritage Rankings

Rank University Country P G S B I
1 University of Art and Industrial Design Linz Austria 6 3 2 1 1
2 Universidade de Lisboa Portugal 2 5 6 1 1
3 Columbia University in the City of New York United States of America 1 5 8 10 8
4 University of New South Wales Australia 1 3 5 5 4
5 Loughborough University Great Britain 1 2 4 0 1
6 RMIT University Australia 1 1 0 0 0
7 Hosei University Japan 1 1 0 0 0
8 Hongik University Republic of Korea 1 0 0 0 1
9 Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle Germany 1 0 0 0 0
10 Aletheia University Taiwan (China) 1 0 0 0 0
11 Royal College of Art Great Britain 1 0 0 0 0
12 Anadolu University Turkey 0 4 4 4 2
13 Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw Poland 0 3 3 3 0
14 Tainan University of Technology Taiwan (China) 0 2 12 14 12
15 Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków Poland 0 2 3 3 5
16 San Francisco State University United States of America 0 2 0 1 0
17 Shih Chien University Taiwan (China) 0 1 4 2 2
18 Politecnico di Milano Italy 0 1 3 3 1
19 HMKW University for media, communication and economics Germany 0 1 3 1 1
20 Mie University Japan 0 1 3 0 1
21 Gerrit Rietveld Academy Netherlands 0 1 2 3 2
22 National Yunlin University of Science and Technology Taiwan (China) 0 1 2 0 1
23 Tokyo University of the Arts Japan 0 1 2 0 0
24 University of Monterrey Mexico 0 1 1 6 8
25 Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź Poland 0 1 1 5 5
26 Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts China 0 1 1 2 1
27 Marmara University Turkey 0 1 1 2 1
28 Bilkent University Turkey 0 1 1 2 0
29 Kirikkale University Turkey 0 1 1 1 0
30 Zagazig University Egypt 0 1 1 0 1
31 Kyiv Mykhailo Boichuk State Academy of Decorative and Applied Art and Design Ukraine 0 1 1 0 0
32 Macau University of Science and Technology Macau (China) 0 1 0 1 0
33 El Shorouk Academy Egypt 0 1 0 0 1
34 University of Tehran Iran 0 1 0 0 1
35 School of the Art Institute of Chicago United States of America 0 1 0 0 0
36 Kaunas University of Technology Lithuania 0 1 0 0 0
37 William Jewell College United States of America 0 1 0 0 0
38 Waseda University Japan 0 0 7 1 6
39 University of Buenos Aires Argentina 0 0 4 1 1
40 Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore 0 0 3 4 9
41 Birmingham City University Great Britain 0 0 3 1 0
42 Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology New Zealand 0 0 3 0 0
43 Higher Colleges of Technology United Arab Emirates 0 0 2 4 5
44 Selçuk University Turkey 0 0 2 3 1
45 Academy of Art University United States of America 0 0 2 3 0
46 University of Minnesota Twin Cities United States of America 0 0 2 2 0
47 Technical University of Gabrovo Bulgaria 0 0 2 1 7
48 Guido Carli Free International University of Social Studies Italy 0 0 2 1 0
49 Gazi University Turkey 0 0 2 0 5
50 Arizona State University United States of America 0 0 2 0 3
51 Yuan-Ze University Taiwan (China) 0 0 2 0 2
52 UniMetrocamp Wyden University Centre Brazil 0 0 2 0 0
53 IUAV University of Venice Italy 0 0 2 0 0
54 University of Damascus Syria 0 0 2 0 0
55 Soore University Iran 0 0 1 6 4
56 Holon Institute of Technology Israel 0 0 1 6 0
57 Istanbul Technical University Turkey 0 0 1 2 1
58 Osaka University Japan 0 0 1 2 1
59 Federal University of Santa Catarina Brazil 0 0 1 2 0
60 Kyoto University Japan 0 0 1 2 0
61 National Institute of Design India 0 0 1 1 2
62 LUCA School of Arts Belgium 0 0 1 1 1
63 Nihon University Japan 0 0 1 1 0
64 University of the Arts Poznań Poland 0 0 1 1 0
65 Poznan University of Technology Poland 0 0 1 1 0
66 Dongseo University Republic of Korea 0 0 1 1 0
67 Future University in Egypt Egypt 0 0 1 0 2
68 AIMST University Malaysia 0 0 1 0 1
69 An-Najah National University Palestine 0 0 1 0 1
70 University of Naples Federico II Italy 0 0 1 0 1
71 Otis College of Art and Design United States of America 0 0 1 0 1
72 Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo Portugal 0 0 1 0 0
73 Humboldt University Berlin Germany 0 0 1 0 0
74 Benemérita Autonomous University of Puebla Mexico 0 0 1 0 0
75 Brno University of Technology Czech Republic 0 0 1 0 0
76 University of Pennsylvania United States of America 0 0 1 0 0
77 Facoltà di Design Italy 0 0 1 0 0
78 Central Academy of Fine Arts China 0 0 1 0 0
79 Technical University of Moldova Moldova 0 0 1 0 0
80 Haliç University Turkey 0 0 1 0 0
81 Sakarya University Turkey 0 0 1 0 0
82 University of Rome La Sapienza Italy 0 0 1 0 0
83 Higher School of Art and Design, Łódź Poland 0 0 1 0 0
84 Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts China 0 0 1 0 0
85 Fayoum University Egypt 0 0 1 0 0
86 Karabük University Turkey 0 0 1 0 0
87 LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore 0 0 0 6 6
88 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology Taiwan (China) 0 0 0 4 1
89 Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry named after A.I. Evdokimov Russian Federation 0 0 0 4 1
90 Coventry University Great Britain 0 0 0 3 2
91 Konkuk University Republic of Korea 0 0 0 3 1
92 Hunan University of Technology China 0 0 0 3 0
93 University of the Arts London Great Britain 0 0 0 2 4
94 Stanford University United States of America 0 0 0 2 2
95 Savannah College of Art and Design United States of America 0 0 0 2 2
96 Pratt Institute United States of America 0 0 0 2 2
97 Qingdao Technological University China 0 0 0 2 1
98 Alzahra University Iran 0 0 0 2 1
99 Osaka University of Arts Japan 0 0 0 2 1
100 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China 0 0 0 2 1
101 De Montfort University Great Britain 0 0 0 2 1
102 Tongji University China 0 0 0 2 0
103 University of Art, Tehran Iran 0 0 0 2 0
104 Nagoya Zokei University of Art and Design Japan 0 0 0 2 0
105 Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Design and Applied Arts Russian Federation 0 0 0 1 4
106 Open University of Israel Israel 0 0 0 1 3
107 National Cheng Kung University Taiwan (China) 0 0 0 1 3
108 Srinakharinwirot University Thailand 0 0 0 1 2
109 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College United States of America 0 0 0 1 2
110 Islamic Azad University Iran 0 0 0 1 1
111 Notre Dame University-Louaizé Lebanon 0 0 0 1 1
112 American University of Sharjah United Arab Emirates 0 0 0 1 1
113 Lund University Sweden 0 0 0 1 1
114 Shenzhen University China 0 0 0 1 1
115 University of Oklahoma United States of America 0 0 0 1 0
116 Ritsumeikan University Japan 0 0 0 1 0
117 University of San Carlos Philippines 0 0 0 1 0
118 Ibero-American University Dominican Republic 0 0 0 1 0
119 National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” Ukraine 0 0 0 1 0
120 Shih Hsin University Taiwan (China) 0 0 0 1 0
121 Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University India 0 0 0 1 0
122 International University Centre Brazil 0 0 0 1 0
123 Apolon Kutateladze Tbilisi State Academy of Arts Georgia 0 0 0 1 0
124 Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen Belgium 0 0 0 1 0
125 Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp Belgium 0 0 0 1 0
126 October 6 University Egypt 0 0 0 1 0
127 University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City Viet Nam 0 0 0 1 0
128 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece 0 0 0 1 0
129 Rochester Institute of Technology United States of America 0 0 0 1 0
130 University of Ljubljana Slovenia 0 0 0 1 0
131 Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Malaysia 0 0 0 1 0
132 University of Michigan United States of America 0 0 0 0 4
133 California State University-East Bay United States of America 0 0 0 0 2
134 Folkwang University of the Arts Germany 0 0 0 0 2
135 University of Pavia Italy 0 0 0 0 2
136 Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts Ukraine 0 0 0 0 1
137 Shenkar - Engineering. Design. Art Israel 0 0 0 0 1
138 University of the Basque Country Spain 0 0 0 0 1
139 Warsaw Film School Poland 0 0 0 0 1
140 Brera Academy Italy 0 0 0 0 1
141 Istanbul Nişantaşi University Turkey 0 0 0 0 1
142 National Technical University Argentina 0 0 0 0 1
143 Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee India 0 0 0 0 1
144 Duke University United States of America 0 0 0 0 1
145 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China 0 0 0 0 1
146 Fluminense Federal University Brazil 0 0 0 0 1
147 Cornell University United States of America 0 0 0 0 1
148 Riga Technical University Latvia 0 0 0 0 1
149 National Academy of Arts Bulgaria 0 0 0 0 1
150 Feng Chia University Taiwan (China) 0 0 0 0 1
151 Shiraz University Iran 0 0 0 0 1
152 University for the Creative Arts Great Britain 0 0 0 0 1
153 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong (China) 0 0 0 0 1
154 Nelson Mandela University South Africa 0 0 0 0 1
155 The University of Newcastle Australia 0 0 0 0 1
156 London School of Economics and Political Science - University of London Great Britain 0 0 0 0 1
157 Iran University of Science and Technology Iran 0 0 0 0 1

Methodology

World University Rankings are determined through a comprehensive methodology designed to measure universities' academic research performance and global reputation in various disciplines including but not limited to architecture, design, and engineering. This meritocratic evaluation process underscores the World University Rankings' role in fostering academic excellence.

Data Collection

The methodology underpinning the World University Rankings is designed to highlight and honor the meritocratic nature of academic achievements, particularly those recognized through the A' Design Awards, which provides data on creative achievements.

Blind Peer Review & Criteria

At the heart of the A' Design Awards is a rigorous blind peer review process, meticulously carried out by an extensive panel of experienced academics, industry professionals, and press members. Entries are voted on based on pre-established criteria, with the identities of the contributors anonymized to prevent any biases.

Standardization

Before reaching the jury, entries undergo a preliminary review aimed at standardizing and elevating presentation quality, effectively minimizing presentation biases. This ensures all submissions are judged on an equal footing, focusing purely on the quality and innovation of the design.

Weighting & Normalization

Furthermore, the votes cast by distinct jury groups are weighted and votes cast by different jurors are normalized, a statistical method that accounts for any variations in scoring tendencies among jurors, thereby ensuring a fair and level playing field for all entries.

Get Listed

Getting listed in the World University Rankings through the A' Design Award is straightforward and accessible. Simply participate, win, and ensure your achievements are affiliated with your institution to effortlessly elevate both your and your university's global prestige.

Academic Institutions

To enhance their global prestige and showcase their excellence in fields like art, design, technology, and innovation, institutions should actively encourage their community—alumni, professors, and students—to participate in the A' Design Award. Notably, participating in the prestigious A' Design Award & Competition doesn't necessarily require a financial investment, thanks to the A' Design Award's generous array of sponsorship and scholarship programs made available to universities, academic institutions, and their scholars and students. By strategically promoting participation in the A' Design Award through various channels such as newsletters and academic programs, academic institutions can boost their representation in the World University Rankings without the burden of additional costs. This approach not only elevates the institution's profile on a global stage by highlighting its commitment to promoting excellence and innovation but also offers the community valuable opportunities for international exposure, networking, and professional development, all while managing resources efficiently. Academic institutions can boost their global recognition and highlight their commitment to excellence by engaging with the A' Design Award through various initiatives, such as the Design Ambassador Program, Award Scholarships, and collaborations for sponsored entries, all aimed at fostering talent and innovation without financial constraints. For academic institutions ready to get involved, we invite you to learn more and contact us for collaborative opportunities, such as exchanging jury participation for sponsored entries of your alumni, professors and students.

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Academics, Alumni, Students

Professionals, professors, students, and alumni can significantly contribute to their institution's prestige in the World University Rankings by participating in the A' Design Award. By simply registering on the A' Design Award website, submitting their projects under the relevant categories, and affiliating their entries with their institution, they can directly impact their alma mater's global recognition. This collective effort not only showcases the talent and innovation within the institution but also strengthens its standing in the rankings, all through a process that highlights individual achievement and institutional excellence. For a swift entry into the A' Design Award, start by creating a free account, allowing you to upload your design and receive a Preliminary Score (PS) at no cost. This score, ranging from 0 to 10, gauges your project's potential, guiding you on whether to nominate your design for award consideration. High-scoring entries (PS≥6) are encouraged to proceed with the nomination, while those with lower scores (PS≤5) should refine their designs first. Upon nomination, patiently await the grand jury voting and award results to discover if your effort has been recognized. Winners are granted the A' Design Prize, offering various benefits to showcase their achievement. Importantly, as a laureate of the A' Design Award, make sure to affiliate your win with your university; this ensures your achievements contribute towards your university’s tally and your name will be proudly listed under your institution, enhancing its prestige and your personal profile, all without hidden costs in a process streamlined for your convenience and impact.

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