HSE Improves its Position by 90 Points on QS Ranking
Higher School of Economics (HSE) moved from the 501-550 to the 411-420 group on the QS World University Ranking for 2016/17.
According to the ranking’s authors, Russia is one of the countries showing outstanding results in this year’s ranking. The total number of universities that entered the ranking increased by one spot and reached 22, while 18 of them, including HSE, improved their positions.
HSE demonstrated positive dynamics for almost all indicators. This was possible thanks to the implementation of the university’s development strategy, including efforts in relation to the 5-100 Project.
The total number of HSE publications is also constantly growing, as does their quality, expressed in citations (in 2016, the total number of papers published by HSE researchers in international peer-reviewed journals and included in the ranking increased by 1.5 times).
Enrolment of international students also went up by 1.5 times. The total number of English-taught programmes, the number of students participating in international exchanges, and the total lecturers hired from the global labour market have also grown. This helped contribute to HSE’s improving internationalization indicators in the ranking.
HSE’s ‘Academic Reputation’ indicator also improved, and features the biggest share in the QS ranking, at 40%.
Almost all universities taking part in the 5-100 Project (13 of them appear on the ranking) improved their results, while also demonstrating positive dynamics with respect to their internationalization and reputations within the global academic community.
The top list of the annual QS World University Rankings for 2016/17 includes 916 universities (25 more than last year). Over 4,300 of the world’s universities were reviewed as candidates (compared to 3,800 in 2015).
In 2016, QS modernized its methods, hence university grades in the previous year’s ranking are formally not comparable with the current rankings.
Changes in the QS ranking methods include:
1. Indicators are now only normalized for the first 700 universities in each indicator;
2. The ranking does not account for publications considered ‘megacollaborative’ by QS. The extent of collaboration is determined specifically for each subject area. For example, ‘Physics and Astronomy’ does not include publications affiliated with over 59 organizations, while for ‘English Language’, the number of organizations cannot be over 4.
HSE University has taken 22nd place in THE Emerging Economies Rankings, improving its position from last year. This ranking includes a total of 35 Russian universities, with 18 of them participating in the 5-100 Project.
HSE has improved its position in two Times Higher Education (THE) rankings compared to last year. The university demonstrated the greatest growth in the Social Sciences category, rising from the 175-200 group to 126-150. Additionally, HSE improved within the 101-125 group of the Business and Economics ranking.
Academic excellence projects, similar to Russia’s Project 5-100, are common in many countries, but BRICS countries typically have the largest number of universities participating in such projects. That is perhaps why the ranking of the top universities in the five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – prepared by the QS ranking agency is of particular interest. For two years in a row, 10 Russian universities have been steadily entering the top 50 of this ranking. This time, HSE has taken 37th place, improving its result on last year.
HSE has once again climbed the THE World University Ranking and entered the 301 – 350 range, taking 3rd place in Russia after MSU (199) and MIPT (251-300). HSE first appeared in this ranking two years ago and every subsequent year the university has consistently improved its standing.
For the second year in a row, the QS Ranking Agency has published its Business Masters Rankings. A total of three Russian universities appeared on this ranking (HSE University, St Petersburg State University, and Ural Federal University) in four areas of business education. Last year, only two Russian universities were on the ranking.
The QS Graduate Employability Rankings has published a list of the Top-500 universities in the world in terms of graduate employability outcomes and prospects.
HSE has ranked 7th amongst universities in Eurasia. The ranking has been compiled for the first time by Times Higher Education and is presented by Kazan Federal University.
The Higher School of Economics has entered the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for the first time. The ranking is known for its strict selection criteria. This year, 12 Russian universities, including 10 participants of Project 5-100, entered the ranking. Until 2016, only 2 representatives of Russia were included- MSU and St. Petersburg State University.