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%).
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.
has been taken by HSE in a Russian university ranking of the salaries earned by graduates in Finance & Economics. This ranking was prepared by the Superjob.ru research centre, based on a comparison of the average wages earned by Russians who graduated university in 2011 – 2016.
HSE has been ranked one of the top 15 universities by research performance in 8 subject areas, compiled by the Expert Analytical Centre in 2016. HSE took the first place in three subjects: Economics, Social Sciences and Humanities.