HSE Leads Russian Universities in Four QS Subject Rankings
HSE took first place among Russian universities in subject rankings for Sociology and Economics & Econometrics (101-150 globally). In Business & Management Studies and Accounting & Finance, HSE ranked first and is currently the only Russian university in the ranking, placing in the 151-200 group.
At the same time, HSE improved its ranking in Economics & Econometrics and Sociology over last year, when it was in 151-200 group. ‘These two areas are HSE’s specialization, and this advancement is the result of a systematic effort. In 2015, we overcame the threshold to enter the ranking on number of publications, immediately placing in the 151-200 group out of 744 global universities that took part in the ranking. This year, HSE managed to improve by advancing to the 101-151 group’, noted Liudmila Solntseva, Director of the Ranking Information Centre.
In addition, this year HSE entered the ranking for the subject ‘Politics and International Studies’ for the first time, placing in the 101-150 group out of more than 500 global universities. Among Russian universities, HSE took second place.
In Mathematics, HSE found itself in the 251-300 group out of more than 900 universities, taking fifth place in Russia. In Computer Science & Information Systems, the university placed in the 401-450 group out of more than 1,000 global universities, ranking sixth in Russia.
For the second year in a row, the university entered the 151-200 group in Philosophy, where over 500 universities participate in the ranking.
In total this year, eight subjects taught at HSE are represented in the ranking.
‘Traditionally, Russian universities have been represented in international rankings in the natural sciences and engineering, while as recently as 2013, there were no Russian universities in the humanities, social and economic sciences’, said Yaroslav Kuzminov, HSE Rector. ‘This was due to the fact that our research in these areas has long been limited to national themes. Academic papers in these areas have generally been published in Russian, which was reflected in low citation levels and academic reputation, which form the basis of subject rankings. The Higher School of Economics has become one of the first Russian universities that managed to demonstrate high performance in these areas on a global level’.
According to Kuzminov, activities such as promoting a competitive research environment, participating in international network projects, and creating a system to support scholarly English-language publications in leading international journals that are indexed in bibliometric systems all help to advance HSE in international rankings.
In 2016, 17 Russian universities entered the QS subject rankings. A year ago, there were only 10 of them, and in 2014, only two Russian universities were recognized internationally. The number of subjects where Russian universities are represented has also grown.
Universities that participate in the 5-100 project have made considerable contributions. Last year, they entered 13 QS groups by subject, while in 2015, they were only represented only in nine subjects. In 2013, when the 5-100 project began, none of the participating universities made the QS subject ranking. Such advancement in international rankings is a sign that project participants are moving in the right direction; the Higher School of Economics is a leader in this regard.
‘Key parameters in the subject rankings are citation levels and academic reputation; in addition, universities must exceed the barrier by number of publications in the respective areas over a period of five years. The last indicator explains why it is impossible to immediately see the results of participation in the 5-100 project. A certain time must pass before the work is reflected in the ranking’, Kuzminov noted.
HSE recently placed 39th in the QS Top-50 ‘Under 50’ ranking, thus maintaining its position in the Top-40 despite increasing competition in this special academic category.
On June 24-26, 2020, the THE Young Universities Summit will be held for the first time at HSE University in Moscow. An official hand off ceremony was held earlier at the University of Surrey, which hosted the event this year. It was not by chance that HSE University was selected to be next year’s summit host—it is the only Russian university that consistently ranks among the THE top 100 young universities, and this year it took 60th place.
In 2019 the Higher School of Economics has climbed from 84th to 60th place in the Time Higher Education (THE) world ranking of young universities. HSE University is the only Russian university to place in the top 100 of this ranking.
HSE University has retained its position in the Top 100 of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, otherwise known as the Shanghai Ranking, in sociology and mathematics. The university improved in political science and has also placed in the same group in economics. At the same time, HSE moved to the next group in management and entered new subject areas – psychology and business administration. HSE is the only Russian university ranked in four subjects: Sociology, Management, Business Administration, and Political Science. HSE University is Russia’s leader in economics and ranks in the same group as Moscow State University in mathematics.
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.