According to the British Quacquarelli Symonds’s (QS) 2019 list, the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music is ranked 51st out of 100 universities for performing arts. Aside from the Liszt Academy, in Central and Eastern Europe, only the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet made it into the top 100.
The list makers at QS take five factors into consideration when ranking the universities.
The first factor is the school’s reputation in the academic sphere, meaning that the Academy’s research is outstanding internationally. This is evidenced by the fact that they are regularly invited abroad.
The second is how frequently academic pieces of work are quoted.
Number three is the ratio of students to teachers. The Academy has a unique form of training in which several tutors work with one student at a time in a given class; therefore, in this matter, the institution proved to be excellent.
The QS also examines the lives of the schools’ alumni. The Liszt Academy’s graduates perform at the most prestigious concert halls and play a prominent role in the music industry. For example, all three leaders of the Vienna Philharmonic’s cello part studied at the Academy.
The last factor is openness and concerns the ratio of international students and teachers. The university has a 20% ratio because they have international ties going back decades. The only institution in Hungary that performs better in this regard is Semmelweis University.
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