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
Moscow, Tatarstan and St. Petersburg are the leaders of the new ranking. Based on 53 indicators, the ranking can be used by regional governments to develop and optimize their innovation policy. The ranking presentation was held on October 31 at a press conference hosted by the TASS news agency.
is HSE University’s ranking in terms of salaries of graduates employed in the field of economics and finance. The ranking was prepared by Superjob.ru research centre based on a study of the average income of young professionals who graduated from 2013–2018.
HSE University has maintained its leading position in the ranking compiled by the Russian Council for International Affairs. The ranking evaluated the websites of 65 Russian universities. HSE was awarded 104 points out of 108, increasing its position by 11 points on last year. HSE's closest rival ranked a further 17 points behind, which is a larger gap than previously.
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.