HSE Climbs in QS World University Rankings
HSE has climbed almost 40 places in the QS World University Rankings and now occupies 343rd place among the world's best universities. This is thanks to a significant improvement in its academic reputation and the employers' assessment of university graduates.
According to the presidential decree of May 7, 2012, the Russian higher education system has implemented a project to create world-class universities, known as Academic Excellence Project 5-100. A key outcome of this project is the fact that 5 Russian universities have been named among the top 100 in the world.
Universities are trying hard to improve their global competitiveness, and the HSE is the only university participating in the project which has maintained its leadership since the very beginning.
‘Looking at the achievements of universities more closely, it is worth noting that a jump in the ranking from 700+ to 500+ occurs relatively quickly. Entering the 400+ ranking among world universities occurs somewhat more slowly, which is logical enough. HSE’s rise by 39 positions and its new ranking of 343 this year is therefore an excellent result, reflecting the efforts of a large and multidisciplinary team’, explains Irina Karelina, Director of Strategic Planning at the Higher School of Economics.
The breadth of scientific fields and the university’s success in subject rankings (HSE is third according to QS subject rankings after MSU and St. Petersburg State University) not only enforce HSE’s position as a leader in the Project, they are also an important contributor to further improvements in the institution’s position in the QS World University Rankings.
The highest increase in HSE’s QS ranking was observed in ‘academic reputation’ (rising by 79 positions) and ‘employers' assessment of university graduates’ (rising by 68 positions). This is indicative of HSE’s role as an active participant in science and education globally.
- 1011 universities from 85 countries (as compared to 980 universities in 2017) are featured in the rating, including 27 Russian universities;
- 60 new universities have entered the ranking, including 3 Russian universities;
- 5 Russian universities entered the Top 300 QS WUR, and 15 entered the Top 500;
- on average, the number of responses by academic experts and employers increased by 38%; academic experts and employers from Russia were also actively involved and the number of responses increased by 63% and 46%, respectively;
- the number of publications in the world increased by 12%, the number of citations increased by 22%. For Russian universities, these indicators increased by 41.5% and 63.5% respectively.
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.
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.