HSE Makes Strides in QS Global Rankings
The Higher School of Economics (HSE) has improved its position and taken 382nd place in the 2017 QS Ranking, which was published on June 7, 2017.
This year marks the halfway point of the Russian Academic Excellence Project (Project 5-100), a highly selective government programme aimed at boosting the overall global competitiveness of Russian universities and academic institutions. The goal of this project is for at least five Russian universities to enter the Top-100 of leading global rankings by 2020.
In fact, Russian universities have already entered the top lists of various global rankings by subject, and in some subject areas, they are among the Top-100 universities around the world. However, it will take more time to accumulate their comprehensive potential and academic reputation in order to make improvements in wide range of subjects. Nevertheless, some significant success has been achieved in institutional rankings as well.
Russian universities have dynamically improved thanks to their competitive development programmes. They have improved some of their objective indicators, such as share of internationals students and foreign professors, as well as their numbers related to publications. In addition, the main improvement in universities’ positions this year has taken place in such indicators as academic reputation and reputation among employers, which count for 40% and 10% of the ranking, respectively. This, undoubtedly, reflects the growing brand visibility of Russian universities and their advancement on a global scale.
HSE has been improving in the QS institutional ranking for the second year in a row, moving from the 411-420 cohort to 382nd place. Furthermore, HSE has risen 119 positions over the last two years.
‘HSE is only 25 years old as of this year, and yet it is already in the Top-400 of the ranking, along with renowned academic institutions that already have strong reputations and academic traditions. We are developing fast and have already become part of the global academic agenda. Furthermore, we have enhanced our reputation in the academic community, among employers and international students,’ says Irina Karelina, HSE Director of Strategic Planning.
Since its foundation, HSE has grown from a small specialized institution to a comprehensive globally recognized university, which covers not only social sciences, economics, and humanities, but also computer science, physics, and interdisciplinary research. In addition, HSE is a leader on the e-learning market. For example, it has 1 million students on Coursera, the largest global online education platform. This is also one of the factors with respect to HSE’s high quality reputation and a key way of attracting international students.
The 14th Annual 2018 QS World University Rankings includes 965 universities, which is 64 more than last year. This year, the list includes 24 Russian universities, with 15 of them being participants in the 5-100 Academic Excellence Project.
Ben Sowter, Head of the QS Intelligence Unit, comments: ‘Russian universities’ achievements this year indicate that thorough, long-term strategic planning, along with targeted and consistent investment, as well as their effective pursuit of internationalization, has ultimately generated tangible positive changes in their positions in the ranking. This year’s high results hinge on Russian universities’ willingness to improve their international positions while also implementing international strategies as an integral part of their development.’
The ranking’s methodology includes six indicators: academic reputation over five years (40%); reputation among employers over five years (10%); faculty/student ratio (20%); citations per faculty (20%); and international faculty ratio/international student ratio (5% each). This year, the ranking has introduced certain changes: the period of publications to be considered has shifted by one year, which means that the same pool of publications is analyzed for the previous year, but the period of citations has been expanded from five to six years. Furthermore, the calculation of employers’ votes has also changed. While previously, international employers were calculated with a 70% coefficient and local ones at a 30% coefficient, they are now balanced at a 50:50 ratio.
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.
The Higher School of Economics has entered the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for the first time. The ranking is known for its strict selection criteria. This year, 12 Russian universities, including 10 participants of Project 5-100, entered the ranking. Until 2016, only 2 representatives of Russia were included- MSU and St. Petersburg State University.