HSE Among 8 Russian Universities on THE Top-500
According to the Times Higher Education (THE) world university ranking, Higher School of Economics (HSE) entered its 401-500 range out of 980 institutions of higher learning throughout the world in 2016. In particular, HSE ranked No. 4 among the Russian universities on THE.
The 3 leading Russian universities on the ranking include Lomonosov Moscow State University (ranking 188th), Moscow Insitute of Physics and Technology (in the 301-350 range) and ITMO University (351-400). In addition, another 5 universities in Russia were included in the 401-500 group of THE – HSE, Saint Petersburg State University, MePHI, Kazan Federal University and Novosibirsk State University. It is worth noting that this is HSE and ITMO’s first appearance on this ranking, securing noticeably high positions.
The experts gave high marks to HSE in both its level of teaching (placing 334th) and research work (taking the 338th spot).
According to HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov: ‘Our efforts have been recognized by the global academic community, which is reflected in the high marks given to our instruction and academic reputation.’ He added that ‘we also had good results in terms of internationalization: the percentage of foreign students and instructors is increasing steadily.’
In 2016, THE made its bibliometric requirements less stringent, which, in turn, lead to the appearance of many new institutions on the ranking. For instance, there were 179 new institutions and competition among them has generally picked up. Of the 24 Russian institutions of higher learning on this year’s ranking, 11 made their first appearance.
Furthermore, THE ranking may include universities, which over the past 5 years have published no less than 150 articles every year (in previous years, the minimum cutoff was 200 publications). At the same time, the average number of publications for this period should still come to over 1,000.
‘This was the sole reason preventing HSE from joining the ranking in previous years,’ Yaroslav Kuzminov said, adding: ‘even though HSE has put out over 3,000 high-quality publications over the last 5 years, and the fact this number has been growing with every year, our results were not considered as we published less than 200 articles in 2010.’
Unlike the QS ranking, where academic and scientific indicators of universities and institutions of higher learning are roughly equal overall, Times Higher Education makes a specific emphasis on academic accomplishments (e.g., bibliometric results, revenues from research work, academic distinction, etc.) and, thus, their proportional weight on the ranking comes to 70%. As a result, Russian universities have found it quite a challenge to compete with foreign organizations, since the Russian science has been traditionally strong in the institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
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.
Academic excellence projects, similar to Russia’s Project 5-100, are common in many countries, but BRICS countries typically have the largest number of universities participating in such projects. That is perhaps why the ranking of the top universities in the five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – prepared by the QS ranking agency is of particular interest. For two years in a row, 10 Russian universities have been steadily entering the top 50 of this ranking. This time, HSE has taken 37th place, improving its result on last year.
HSE has once again climbed the THE World University Ranking and entered the 301 – 350 range, taking 3rd place in Russia after MSU (199) and MIPT (251-300). HSE first appeared in this ranking two years ago and every subsequent year the university has consistently improved its standing.
For the second year in a row, the QS Ranking Agency has published its Business Masters Rankings. A total of three Russian universities appeared on this ranking (HSE University, St Petersburg State University, and Ural Federal University) in four areas of business education. Last year, only two Russian universities were on the ranking.
The QS Graduate Employability Rankings has published a list of the Top-500 universities in the world in terms of graduate employability outcomes and prospects.
HSE has ranked 7th amongst universities in Eurasia. The ranking has been compiled for the first time by Times Higher Education and is presented by Kazan Federal University.