HSE Improves its Position by 90 Points on QS Ranking
Higher School of Economics (HSE) moved from the 501-550 to the 411-420 group on the QS World University Ranking for 2016/17.
According to the ranking’s authors, Russia is one of the countries showing outstanding results in this year’s ranking. The total number of universities that entered the ranking increased by one spot and reached 22, while 18 of them, including HSE, improved their positions.
HSE demonstrated positive dynamics for almost all indicators. This was possible thanks to the implementation of the university’s development strategy, including efforts in relation to the 5-100 Project.
The total number of HSE publications is also constantly growing, as does their quality, expressed in citations (in 2016, the total number of papers published by HSE researchers in international peer-reviewed journals and included in the ranking increased by 1.5 times).
Enrolment of international students also went up by 1.5 times. The total number of English-taught programmes, the number of students participating in international exchanges, and the total lecturers hired from the global labour market have also grown. This helped contribute to HSE’s improving internationalization indicators in the ranking.
HSE’s ‘Academic Reputation’ indicator also improved, and features the biggest share in the QS ranking, at 40%.
Almost all universities taking part in the 5-100 Project (13 of them appear on the ranking) improved their results, while also demonstrating positive dynamics with respect to their internationalization and reputations within the global academic community.
The top list of the annual QS World University Rankings for 2016/17 includes 916 universities (25 more than last year). Over 4,300 of the world’s universities were reviewed as candidates (compared to 3,800 in 2015).
In 2016, QS modernized its methods, hence university grades in the previous year’s ranking are formally not comparable with the current rankings.
Changes in the QS ranking methods include:
1. Indicators are now only normalized for the first 700 universities in each indicator;
2. The ranking does not account for publications considered ‘megacollaborative’ by QS. The extent of collaboration is determined specifically for each subject area. For example, ‘Physics and Astronomy’ does not include publications affiliated with over 59 organizations, while for ‘English Language’, the number of organizations cannot be over 4.
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.