HSE Enters ARWU Ranking for the First Time
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.
HSE occupies position 901-1000 and is the only young Russian university to have made the ranking.
‘Entering the ARWU is a great success for such a young university. HSE is only 25 years old, and until recently, specialized in the social sciences and economics. According to the number of publications in the top 10% of highly cited journals, HSE ranks first among the participants in Project 5-100 in the social sciences and humanities, as well as in mathematics, despite the fact that mathematics has only been offered at HSE for the last 10 years. This is what enabled such a young and ambitious university to enter this prestigious world ranking. HSE is also in the top 100 in sociology and mathematics in the Shanghai Ranking and is the leader among Russian universities in economics, political sciences and management’, explained Irina Karelina, Director of Strategic Planning at the Higher School of Economics.
The ARWU has been compiled since 2003. In 2018, it expanded to include 1000 universities. The most frequently ranked universities are those in China and the USA. In the top 500 of the Shanghai Ranking there are about 1.5 times fewer young universities (founded no more than 50 years ago) than in the top 500 of the QS Ranking.
ARWU evaluates higher education institutions according to parameters such as the number of publications in Nature and Science and in the top 10% of the best Web of Science journals. It also takes into account the number of Nobel Prize laureates and winners of the Fields Medal among university employees and graduates, as well as the number of frequently cited scientists.
HSE University has improved its position in the QS institutional ranking by 21 places this year, taking 7th place among Russian universities. The advancement comes thanks to a significant improvement in academic reputation and assessment of university graduates by employers.
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.
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.