HSE Makes It to THE Humanities Rankings for First Time Ever
The Higher School of Economics has made it onto the Times Higher Education ranking in the arts and humanities category for the first time ever. The university was in the 176-200 group, demonstrating the best result among schools that participate in Project 5-100 in this field. In addition, HSE placed third among Russian universities as a whole for this subject ranking.
The university was able to do this thanks to the fact that its international outlook rankings had risen more than twofold compared with the previous period. In addition, the Higher School of Economics’ reputation improved in the fields of teaching and academic research among foreign experts.
Given the pronounced country-specific characteristics of the humanities, advancing in international rankings represents a clear challenge for universities from non-English speaking countries. HSE’s recognition in the arts and humanities category of the global rankings is the result of the university’s incredible efforts to promote this field within the global academic space.
In 2015, a large Faculty of Humanities was created as part of several separate faculties within the realm of the humanities. The faculty includes research teams focusing on a wide range of topics, such as fundamental and computation linguistics, the history of philosophy and logic, literature studies, applied cultural studies, medieval studies, and WWII history. The research groups, which enlist the help of junior researchers and HSE students, have far-reaching international connections. The faculty regularly holds international conferences, and the number of publications in peer-reviewed academic journals is on the rise. Additionally, the faculty offers English-language master’s and post-graduate programmes, with interest in the programmes coming not just from Russian students, but from foreign students as well.
‘The humanities are a fundamental and traditional field for HSE. The university’s advancement in the subject rankings is not an easy task, and this is the case for the majority of schools from non-English speaking countries,’ comments Irina Karelina, HSE Director of Strategic Planning. ‘In order to improve the school’s academic reputation, you need publications that are understandable to the majority of the academic community, i.e., that are in English. This is much easier to do in mathematics or physics, but considerably more difficult in history or philology. It is no coincidence that there are practically no Russian universities in this subject rankings currently. In addition, it is even more significant that HSE placed in a fairly highly ranked group.’
Aside from HSE, the THE arts and humanities rankings included four other Russian universities: Moscow State University (ranked 51st), St. Petersburg State University (in the 126-150 group), Kazan Federal University (201-250), and Tomsk State University (201-250).
The arts and humanities subject ranking considers disciplines such as art, performing arts, design, languages, literature, linguistics, history, philosophy, theology, architecture, and archaeology.
The subject rankings are based on the same 13 performance indicators used in the overall world university rankings, and these indicators are brought together to form five separate categories. The methodology has, however, been recalibrated to suit the individual fields.
The latest results of the QS World University Rankings by Subject demonstrate that Russian universities are continuing to make great strides in international rankings. Among the Russian universities that made the rankings, HSE tops the list with 16 specific subjects and 3 broad subject areas entering the rankings. Compared to last year, HSE has improved its performance in almost all subjects.
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.
For the first time ever, HSE University has entered two THE subject rankings: in Computer Science (in the 301–400 group)and Engineering & Technology (in the 601-800 group). Therefore, HSE has confirmed once again that it is much more than just a specialized social sciences and humanities university, but rather a comprehensive multidisciplinary university, which has become successful in new, innovative areas of natural sciences and engineering.
The Higher School of Economics has been included in the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking for psychology for the first time, placing in the 151-175 group. HSE also retained its ranking for the physical sciences (401-500) that it has held since last year.
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.