HSE Improves its Position in QS BRICS Ranking Top-100
Only three of the Top-10 Russian universities, HSE, Tomsk State University, and MEPhI, managed to improve their positions compared with last year. HSE moved up from 63rd to 62nd place in the ranking.
The QS BRICS Ranking evaluates universities based on their reputations as academic institutions and employers, publication activities, level of internationalization and faculty/student ratio. HSE had a positive showing in all of these indicators.
HSE advanced considerably with respect to its share of international students (from 109th in 2015 to 77th in 2016) and faculty/student ratio (from 19th to 16th place).
‘If we look at the dynamics in the rankings of Russian universities, the changes are minor or not there at all. Therefore, all Russian universities are moving forward at the same pace’, explained Liudmila Solntseva, Director of the HSE Ranking Information Centre.
The slight decline in position on the part of several Russian universities was driven by rising competition, such as the growing number of Chinese (+19), Brazilian (+15), and Indian (+13) universities in the ranking.
In addition, several changes have been introduced to the ranking’s methodology and, thus, the results for 2016 cannot be considered as being fully successive to previous years.
‘This year’s data on publications and reputation were completely taken from last year’s ranking, meaning that it doesn’t reflect growing publication activity, which is significant among the 5-100 universities. On average, over 20% of publications were still not considered within this approach. According to the QS data, the reputation of the 5-100 universities is growing annually, but the most recent ranking doesn’t account for 2016 surveys, thus leading to some negative dynamics. In addition, the rules of publication selection have changed. QS used to take into account publications by authors affiliated with no more than 10 institutions. Now, different rules apply to different subject areas. For example, total affiliations may reach 59 for papers in physics, 7 for sociology, philosophy and linguistics, 6 for political science, and 4 for English language. This change has negatively influenced universities specializing in social sciences,’ Solntseva noted.
The QS BRICS Ranking was launched in 2013. This year, the QS team considered applications from 421 universities and presented an expanded ranking of the 250 best universities in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (only a Top-200 of universities was earlier presented in the ranking).
The ranking evaluates universities according to 8 key parameters: academic reputation over 5 years (30%); reputation as an employer over 5 years (20%); faculty/student ratio (20%); papers per faculty (10%); faculty with PhDs(10%); citations per paper (5%); international students (2.5%); and international faculty (2.5%).
HSE University has placed in the top 250 universities worldwide in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings despite increased competition. A total of 786 universities were assessed for this year’s rankings—an increase over last year. The published list of 550 universities is also 10% larger than last year’s.
HSE University has once again improved its position in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject in Psychology, entering the 101–125 cohort of the world’s best universities in the field.
For the second year in a row, five HSE University master’s programmes have appeared in the QS Business Masters ranking. Moreover, the programmes in International Business and Financial Economics have improved their positions in the Top 100 of the ranking.
HSE University has improved its indicators of research, international outlook, and industry income in THE Young University Rankings. HSE University now ranks 57th among 475 international universities and is the only Russian university in the Top 100.
HSE University has progressed on the QS World University Rankings in terms of academic reputation, having improved its position by over 340 points in six years. In the general ranking, HSE University places 305th and ranks among the Q1 of global universities.
HSE University has placed fourth among Russian academic institutions on the Leiden Ranking, which evaluates the performance of universities based on bibliographic data on their scientific publications.
HSE University is the only Russian university to rank among the top 100 universities worldwide in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects in Mathematics. This is an impressive feat, considering that the Faculty of Mathematics has only been around since 2007. Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Government Dmitry Chernyshenko stressed that this success testifies to the correct choice of strategy and the achievements of the University team. Read on to learn what helped HSE strengthen its position in the ranking.
HSE University is now represented in eight subject rankings of the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. In five of these subjects, HSE is the only university from Russia, and in three other subjects, HSE outranks its domestic peers. HSE University is thereby the highest-ranking Russian university in the ranking.
HSE University has ranked among the top 25 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies ranking and is one of Russia’ three best universities.
HSE University has expanded its presence in the top 50 of QS subject rankings, placing in two additional subject rankings. HSE is represented in 4 of the 5 broad subject areas ranked by QS, and it has significantly improved its performance from last year in almost half of the individual subjects rankings in which it is included.