HSE among Seven Russian Universities in QS Graduate Employability Rankings
The new QS Graduate Employability Rankings reflects the relation between a university’s activities and graduate employment. HSE placed in 201+ group.
Through this ranking, QS aims to establish a new approach to evaluating higher education. Its methodology differs from QS’s institutional rankings. Instead, it involves an assessment of five indicators: a university’s reputation among employers, partnership with employers, alumni outcomes, interaction between employers and the university, and its graduate employment rate.
QS representatives note that the ranking is now being implemented on a trial basis and should be refined over the coming years.
‘The idea of this ranking is definitely positive: both graduates and prospective students need to know whether he/she will be able to find a job after graduation, whether his/her profession will be in demand on the global labour market,’ — says Liudmila Solntseva, Director of the Ranking Information Centre. She added: ‘It’s not the first attempt to develop an employability rating by ranking agencies, although it is difficult to find any successful examples. This is most likely the result of a lack of measurable indicators and nontransparent accounting.’
For example, the simplest indicator is the graduate employment rate. It is important that all ranking participants provide comparable data (which is almost unachievable).
‘In most international universities, there are staff experts who systematically work with graduates. In Russian universities, this type of work is still in its initial stage, and universities are only starting to develop this service, — says Solntseva, noting: ‘Of course, the participation of universities in such rankings encourages them to establish proper accounting approaches in conjunction with an entire process for providing services to students/graduates, as well as provide support to partnerships with employers.’
According to HSE’s institutional monitoring, the percentage of graduates employed last year came to 93%. For instance, HSE conducts career, education and recruiting events with the direct support of potential employers, such as seminars, workshops, trainings, job fairs, internships, and roundtable discussions. In the 2015/16 academic year, around 530 career events, supported by more than 400 employers, were held at HSE.
HSE University has once again placed in two subject rankings of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings: Computer Science (in the top 400) and Engineering and Technology (in the 601-800 range).
This year HSE University rose six positions to take 17th place in the QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia University Ranking (QS EECA).
HSE University improved its performance from last year, entering the Top-200 of the Times Higher Education (THE) subject ranking in Arts and Humanities. We now place second among Russian universities and have the best results of the participants of the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100.
HSE University is now represented in all four fields of the Top-100 of Business Master's ranking, which was published for the third time by the international agency QS.
HSE University was able to place high on the Graduate Employability Ranking (201-250), outpacing its main competitors for the first time in five years. This year, the number of candidates to the ranking was increased 15% (758 universities), with new 36 universities joining the list.
THE WUR, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, has compiled its 2019 global rankings. HSE University performed positively, moving up to the 251-300 cohort, and taking third place among Russian universities following MSU and MIPT.
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.