HSE Strengthens its Position in QS World University Rankings by Subject
HSE has topped the list of universities in the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 once again, having been ranked in 13 subjects and 3 subject areas in the QS World University Rankings. The university has entered the top 100 in ‘Sociology’ and ‘Political and International Studies’ categories, as well as the top 100 in ‘Social Sciences and Management’.
HSE entered the QS subject rankings for the first time in 2015. Since then, not only does the HSE continue to increase its overall representation in the subject and subject area rankings, it also demonstrates upward movement in each individual subject ranking.
Compared to last year, HSE has risen more than 100 places in the subject ‘Computer Science and Information Systems’ (now in the 251-300 range), which is the most competitive subject in the world among universities. For the university’s young Faculty of Computer Science, established in 2014, such an improvement is a great achievement.
HSE has also risen in the ranking by subject for ‘Mathematics’. In 2016, HSE was placed in 251-300 range, but in 2018, climbed to 101-150. The university received the highest number of votes from foreign academic experts this year in this subject. This indicates that HSE has been recognised by the international academic community not only as a leader in the social sciences and humanities, but also as a leader in sciences.
For the first time, HSE has also been recognised in the subject area ‘Engineering and Technology’, having been ranked in the 451-500 range.
In the university’s more traditional subjects, ‘Economics and Econometrics’ (101-150), ‘Accounting and Finance’ (151-200) and ‘Business and Management Studies’ (151-200), the HSE has risen in terms of the majority of indicators, as well as in terms of final score. However, in recent years, these subjects have become more and more competitive and HSE was unable to maintain last year’s ranking in ‘Economics and Econometrics’ and ‘Accounting and Finance’.
Russian universities are traditionally poorly represented in the humanities due to the nature of this subject area. However this year, the HSE was ranked in 4 subjects. In the subject area ‘Arts and Humanities’, HSE’s position improved by almost 80 places, climbing to 220. For the first time, HSE entered the rankings for ‘Modern Languages’ (201-250). The university also climbed the rankings in ‘Philosophy’ (to the 101-150 range) and maintained rankings in ‘History’ (151-200) and ‘Linguistics’ (151-200). HSE was also ranked in the subjects ‘Law’ (201-250) and ‘Education’ (251-300).
The Strategic Management in Logistics doudble-degree master’s programme, for which HSE has partnered up with Germany’s BBW University of Applied Sciences, received 10 out of a possible 11 points in the international training category of Germany’s Centre for Higher Education (CHE) ranking of master’s programmes.
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.
For the first time ever, HSE University has entered two THE subject rankings: in Computer Science (in the 301–400 group)and Engineering & Technology (in the 601-800 group). Therefore, HSE has confirmed once again that it is much more than just a specialized social sciences and humanities university, but rather a comprehensive multidisciplinary university, which has become successful in new, innovative areas of natural sciences and engineering.
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.
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.
The new ranking of entrepreneurial universities published for the first time by the ‘Expert’ analytical centre features 38 Russian universities, 16 of which are participants in the Project 5-100. HSE took 6th place among Russian universities and 2nd place (after MIPT) among participants in the Project 5-100.
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.