Two HSE Programmes Make QS Best Business Masters Ranking
The programmes in Big Data Systems and International Business have entered the QS Business Masters Ranking in Business Analytics and Management. Published for the first time, the ranking is based on an analysis of over 300 universities from more than 40 countries.
The Master’s programme in Big Data Systems ranks 35th among the world’s best Master’s programmes in business analytics. It demonstrated high marks in the categories of ‘class and faculty diversity’ (13th in the world) and ‘thought leadership’ (16th).
Svetlana Maltseva, academic supervisor of the programme, commented on the new ranking: ‘The programme’s success comes from our active cooperation with IT leaders, the high qualifications of the programme’s teaching staff, as well as the creative and innovative environment at our university. Over the past four years, the programme has attracted students from European countries, the U.S., Latin America, India, China, Pakistan, Syria, and African countries. Graduates of the programme are employed at leading Russian and international banks, IT companies, telecom companies, as well as in the retail, and fuel & energy industries. They also start up their own businesses or continue to study at the doctoral level’.
The programme in International Business has taken 97th place among the best Master’s programmes in management. It is 54th and 62nd in ‘diversity’ and ‘thought leadership’, respectively.
Irina Kratko, academic supervisor of the programme, said, ‘We are happy and proud that the HSE MIB programme, which has turned five years old, has made it to the prestigious international QS ranking. I would like to emphasize the young age of the Master’s programme. This comes as an acknowledgement of a properly selected, clear concept for the programme and well-advised tactics to implement it. We initially treated the launch of the programme as an international start-up, with an innovative idea and an ambitious goal that are integral for such an enterprise. As a start-up, we have been setting certain benchmarks and have been successfully achieving them. During the testing phase, in the first years after the launch, enrolment was growing rapidly, by 50-70% annually, which was the first check for success. The number of international students was also growing considerably. A year ago, the programme was the first at HSE to be accredited by AKKORK, which brings international recognition by employers. I believe that among secrets of our success include a balanced multidisciplinary curriculum; compliance with the international MIB model on one hand and its unique interpretation on the other; and a consolidated team of enthusiastic teachers, most of whom are top executives at international businesses’.
The methodology of the QS masters ranking differs vastly from the methodologies of the QS institutional/subject rankings, whilst it is based mostly on the data used by these rankings as well. The ranking is based on five indicators, each of which may earn from 1 to 100 points: Employability, Alumni Outcomes, Value for Money, Thought Leadership, and Class & Faculty Diversity. The indicators are calculated using information provided by the universities, surveys among employers and academic experts, Scopus, lists of top executives (Forbes and over 100 other similar lists), and the Mercer Cost of Living City Index.
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.
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.
The Higher School of Economics has been included in the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking for psychology for the first time, placing in the 151-175 group. HSE also retained its ranking for the physical sciences (401-500) that it has held since last year.
The Higher School of Economics has significantly improved its position in the U.S. News Best Global Universities subject ranking in mathematics, placing 107th this year. HSE also rose in the U.S. News Best Global Universities institutional ranking, as well as the social sciences and public health subject 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.