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 firmly entered the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), which is known for its rigorous selection criteria. After placing in the ranking for the first time last year, HSE University maintained its position despite increased competition — more than 50 new universities entered the ranking for the first time this year.
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.