HSE University Places First on Forbes Russian University Ranking
HSE became the leader of this ranking for the first time, outperforming Moscow State University, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and other Russian universities. Universities were assessed on the basis of three indicators, Quality of Education, Quality of Graduates and the ‘Forbes Factor’.
The ranking is entitled ‘Universities for the Future Elite: 100 Best Russian Universities According to Forbes – 2020’. In addition to HSE University, which placed first, the top ten includes Moscow State University, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Ural Federal University, the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, MSTU, Tomsk Polytechnic University, ITMO, RANEPA, and the New Economic School.
This year, Forbes has adjusted its ranking methodology, in particular, to better assess the employability of the graduates. As noted in the Forbes materials, the ranking uses three main indicators, Quality of Education, Quality of Graduates, and the ‘Forbes Factor’.
The first indicator takes into account faculty salaries, student/faculty ratio, the share of international students at the university, availability of international internships, and other factors. For the Quality of Graduates indicator, Forbes conducted their own research to establish ‘which universities produce the most sought-after graduates’. 59 companies, employing about 4 million people in total, answered the questions.
The Forbes Factor indicator reflects the prestige of the institution. This year, in particular, the authors of the ranking considered the universities’ positions in leading foreign rankings, such as the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education ranking. In addition, the Forbes Factor takes into account how many of a university's students and recent graduates are on Forbes’s ranking of promising Russians ‘30 under 30’, as well as how many children of Russia's richest businessmen study or have studied at the given university.
It should be noted that this year, HSE University entered the top 300 of the QS World University Ranking for the first time, taking 298th place, thereby improving its ranking from last year by 24 positions. Higher standing in the global ranking is mainly due to the University’s advancement in the category of academic reputation. HSE is currently included in the world’s top 300 best universities of two ranking agencies: QS and THE. In addition, HSE University ranks among 19 out of 38 QS World University Rankings by Faculty & Subject 2020, where other Russian universities are also represented. HSE has also placed in the top 100 in 5 subjects.
HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov noted in a recent Forbes interview that undergraduate education at leading Russian universities is superior to that of American or Chinese universities.
The way in which students are taught in Russia is not worse but better—the curriculum is more demanding, more intense. The number of subject requirements that undergraduate students need to fulfill abroad is approximately half that of what Russian undergraduate students need to fulfill.
In his opinion, the children of the Russian ‘elite’ go mainly to Russian universities. ‘Often artists and representatives of creative professions send their children abroad. But the national economic and political elite have long been educating their children in Russia.’
HSE University has risen from fourth to third place in the Superjob University Ranking in terms of the salaries made by young professionals in the legal field who graduated in 2014–2019. According to the ranking’s authors, our graduates can expect to earn an average of 100,000 rubles a month in Moscow.
HSE University alumni working in economics and finance, earn an average of 115,000 rubles a month in their first five years of work after graduation. This is the second best result among universities, according to data from the Superjob job search website.
Among Russian universities, HSE University has the second highest number of subjects to be included in the Shanghai subject ranking (Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020). HSE University and ITMO University, respectively, are included in 7 subject rankings, while Moscow State University is represented in 12 subject rankings.
HSE University took 31st place in the QS Top 50 Under 50 Ranking, climbing seven places, even in the face of the growing competition in the higher tier of this ranking.
For three years already, HSE University has appeared in the Top-5 of Russia’s best universities according to the RAEX Ranking. In terms of demand for graduates among employers, HSE University has risen to the second place, while also improving its indicator for ‘environment for high-quality learning’.
SuperJob, a job search service, has published a ranking of technical universities based on earnings of graduates in the 2014-2019 cohort. HSE University has improved its position this year, rising from seventh to fifth place in the ranking.
HSE University took 298th place in the 2021 QS World University Rankings, improving its ranking by 24 positions compared to last year and entering the first quartile of the world’s leading universities. HSE University now ranks among the world’s top 300 universities in two international rankings: the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
In the Expert Analytical Centre’s 2020 Publication Activity Ranking, HSE University placed among the top three Russian universities in seven general subject areas and two narrow subjects. HSE made the rankings in 14 subject areas and four specific subjects; of these, HSE placed first in four subjects and/or areas.
In a new RAEX Analytics ranking that evaluates Russian universities in terms of their societal influence, HSE took third place, leading the list in terms of popularity among young people and taking second place in terms of online influence.