HSE among world’s top 10 most open universities
The July edition of the Webometrics world university ranking has been published, and the Higher School of Economics has moved from 790th place to 781st overall and from 72nd place to 8th for openness.
Like in the January edition of the rating, the top 1,000 universities included just nine Russian ones, among which was the HSE, the only university specializing in sociology and economics. The HSE maintained fifth place among Russian universities overall and first for site openness among the Russian universities.
The HSE was ranked 72nd for openness among all universities in the January edition of the ranking, but soared to 8th place overall in the July release. The top three universities for openness were Harvard, the Masaryk University in Brno (Masarykova Univerzita v Brně) and Open University UK.
The Higher School of Economics is continuously working on improving the parameters Webometrics uses to evaluate universities. With this, however, there is no straightforward explanation as to how the openness indicator skyrocketed as it did in such a short period of time. In addition, despite the transparency that Webometrics’ authors ascribe to the ratings methodology, experts were unable to name the reasons behind the current and the previous rather significant changes: the HSE was ranked 726 in the world overall in January 2013, 1,244 in July 2013 and 790 in January 2014.
Boris Startsev, HSE News Service
The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) publishes a monthly ranking of socio-economic research centers and universities. As of November 1st, 2012, the Higher School of Economics is in 2nd place in terms of number of papers published over the last 12 months. A year ago the HSE was 85th according to this indicator.
On October 18th 2011, as part of the preliminary programme of the 3rd International Conference of the Russian Association of Higher Education Researchers, Professor Nian Cai Liu, author of the world-renowned Shanghai University Ranking, gave a lecture at the HSE.