HSE Pushes ahead Six Places in QS EECA-2015 Ranking
The QS University Rankings: EECA 2015 was published on October 21, assessing universities from 30 countries in Emerging Europe and Central Asia for 150 coveted positions in the ranking. Over the past year, the Higher School of Economics has gone from 37th place to 31st, improving across all metrics.
Nearly all of the Russian universities that made it to the rating either improved or maintained their position compared with last year. In addition, Russia leads the QS EECA by overall number of universities – nearly a third of the universities ranked are Russian. ‘We are seeing Russia as a leader in the rankings with four universities in the top ten, and half of them are participants in the 5-100 Project. Our top universities were competing with some of the strongest Eastern European universities that have long-held traditions,’ notes Russia’s Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Alexander Povalko.
QS EECA, like any comprehensive rating, is important for applicants, as it is an important benchmark for comparing opportunities to study in another country. In addition, these kinds of ratings serve as an assessment of the quality of the universities, as well as the change in their professional reputation. HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov notes that with these goals in mind, it is more important to look at the subject and faculty ratings, as they are a way for professionals to assess other professionals.
‘Over the last two years, Russian universities have made a tremendous breakthrough, entering the world’s top-100 and top-200 lists in several areas of the natural, social, and technical sciences. These are some of the first results of the governmental programme to improve the international competitiveness of Russia’s leading universities. I don’t doubt that if this programme continues, we will see Russian universities in the overall top-100 list. This will just take some time, maybe eight or 10 years. It’s one thing when your foreign colleagues think highly of you; it’s another when this information is disseminated to experts who represent entirely different professions,’ Kuzminov adds.
There were a total of 11 Russian universities in the QS EECA top 50, HSE being the youngest. ‘A significant portion of international university rankings is typically made up of the university’s reputation, which takes years to develop. And we are thrilled to see that, despite our young age, the international expert community values our achievements,’ Kuzminov concludes.
Reputation metrics make up 50% of the QS EECA rating. ‘This year, HSE was able to substantially improve its academic reputation performance indicators (from 60.4 out of 100 points last year to 82.7 points this year), as well as its employer reputation indicators (from 66.4 to 77.1). The university also boosted the percentage of foreign instructors hired on the international labour market. These instructors uphold the highest professional standards, which QS experts were also able to see,’ HSE Ranking Information Centre Director Liudmila Solntseva says.
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.
Higher School of Economics (HSE) has entered the 251-300 group of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, which aim to reflect the relationship between a university’s activities and subsequent graduate employment. HSE took first place among Project 5-100’s participants and fourth place among 11 Russian universities, thus improving upon last year’s result.
In the latest Times Higher Education university rankings, the Higher School of Economics rose to the 351-400 category among 1,102 schools worldwide. This is an improvement on last year, when HSE was in the 401-500 group, with the university ranking fourth among the 27 Russian universities that made it to the ranking.
The Higher School of Economics (HSE) has taken 48th place in the QS Top 50 Under 50 ranking. Furthermore, it is the sole Russian academic institution in this ranking.
The Higher School of Economics was ranked fifth among Russian universities with the highest paid graduates during their first year of employment, according to data from an employment monitoring study by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. On average, graduates who completed a full-time undergraduate programme at HSE make 51,700 rubles per month, which is up from previous years and nearly double the average for the country as a whole.
HSE the Only Russian University in ARWU Global Ranking in Sociology, Political Sciences, and Economics
HSE has entered the ShanghaiRanking's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in four subjects and become the only Russian university in three of them (sociology, political sciences, and economics). HSE is among the world’s Top 75 universities in Sociology. This is the first time HSE has made it into the ARWU.
On June 21, 2017, Times Higher Education (THE) published its ranking of the best universities in Europe 2017, in which HSE, along with St. Petersburg State University, Novosibirsk State University, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI and Kazan Federal University, is ranked in the 201-250 group.
On June 15, 2017, the tenth Global Innovation Index was presented at the UN headquarters in Geneva. It includes the key indicators of innovative activities in 127 countries. Russia took 45th place in the ranking. Switzerland is leading the ranking for the seventh year in a row.
The results of the ranking were presented on June 7, 2017, at a ceremony that brought together rectors from leading universities. As part of the discussion at the event, HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov spoke about the quality of education in the social sciences, the university’s role in developing local communities, and e-learning.