HSE Among 8 Russian Universities on THE Top-500
According to the Times Higher Education (THE) world university ranking, Higher School of Economics (HSE) entered its 401-500 range out of 980 institutions of higher learning throughout the world in 2016. In particular, HSE ranked No. 4 among the Russian universities on THE.
The 3 leading Russian universities on the ranking include Lomonosov Moscow State University (ranking 188th), Moscow Insitute of Physics and Technology (in the 301-350 range) and ITMO University (351-400). In addition, another 5 universities in Russia were included in the 401-500 group of THE – HSE, Saint Petersburg State University, MePHI, Kazan Federal University and Novosibirsk State University. It is worth noting that this is HSE and ITMO’s first appearance on this ranking, securing noticeably high positions.
The experts gave high marks to HSE in both its level of teaching (placing 334th) and research work (taking the 338th spot).
According to HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov: ‘Our efforts have been recognized by the global academic community, which is reflected in the high marks given to our instruction and academic reputation.’ He added that ‘we also had good results in terms of internationalization: the percentage of foreign students and instructors is increasing steadily.’
In 2016, THE made its bibliometric requirements less stringent, which, in turn, lead to the appearance of many new institutions on the ranking. For instance, there were 179 new institutions and competition among them has generally picked up. Of the 24 Russian institutions of higher learning on this year’s ranking, 11 made their first appearance.
Furthermore, THE ranking may include universities, which over the past 5 years have published no less than 150 articles every year (in previous years, the minimum cutoff was 200 publications). At the same time, the average number of publications for this period should still come to over 1,000.
‘This was the sole reason preventing HSE from joining the ranking in previous years,’ Yaroslav Kuzminov said, adding: ‘even though HSE has put out over 3,000 high-quality publications over the last 5 years, and the fact this number has been growing with every year, our results were not considered as we published less than 200 articles in 2010.’
Unlike the QS ranking, where academic and scientific indicators of universities and institutions of higher learning are roughly equal overall, Times Higher Education makes a specific emphasis on academic accomplishments (e.g., bibliometric results, revenues from research work, academic distinction, etc.) and, thus, their proportional weight on the ranking comes to 70%. As a result, Russian universities have found it quite a challenge to compete with foreign organizations, since the Russian science has been traditionally strong in the institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The publication of the latest Times Higher Education subject rankings in the Arts and Humanities concludes the annual cycle of the three main ranking agencies: THE, QS, and ARWU. Since last year, HSE University has managed to double the number of top 100 subject rankings it appears in, growing from 6 to 12.
HSE University has placed in the top 250 universities worldwide in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings despite increased competition. A total of 786 universities were assessed for this year’s rankings—an increase over last year. The published list of 550 universities is also 10% larger than last year’s.
HSE University has once again improved its position in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject in Psychology, entering the 101–125 cohort of the world’s best universities in the field.
For the second year in a row, five HSE University master’s programmes have appeared in the QS Business Masters ranking. Moreover, the programmes in International Business and Financial Economics have improved their positions in the Top 100 of the ranking.
HSE University has improved its indicators of research, international outlook, and industry income in THE Young University Rankings. HSE University now ranks 57th among 475 international universities and is the only Russian university in the Top 100.
HSE University has placed fourth among Russian academic institutions on the Leiden Ranking, which evaluates the performance of universities based on bibliographic data on their scientific publications.
HSE University is the only Russian university to rank among the top 100 universities worldwide in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects in Mathematics. This is an impressive feat, considering that the Faculty of Mathematics has only been around since 2007. Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Government Dmitry Chernyshenko stressed that this success testifies to the correct choice of strategy and the achievements of the University team. Read on to learn what helped HSE strengthen its position in the ranking.
HSE University is now represented in eight subject rankings of the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. In five of these subjects, HSE is the only university from Russia, and in three other subjects, HSE outranks its domestic peers. HSE University is thereby the highest-ranking Russian university in the ranking.
HSE University has ranked among the top 25 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies ranking and is one of Russia’ three best universities.
HSE University has expanded its presence in the top 50 of QS subject rankings, placing in two additional subject rankings. HSE is represented in 4 of the 5 broad subject areas ranked by QS, and it has significantly improved its performance from last year in almost half of the individual subjects rankings in which it is included.