HSE Makes It onto Forbes University Ranking
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For the first time ever, Forbes (Russia) has published its own ranking of the best universities in Russia. One of the main objectives of the ranking was to determine which universities produce talented young entrepreneurs, including those capable of making it onto Forbes’ main ranking in the future or becoming part of Russia’s political elite. HSE placed 10th in the ranking.
The New Economic School was ranked first, and most of the top ten schools were universities that specialise in narrower fields and separate areas in economics or public administration. There were just two universities – HSE and Moscow State University – that offer an education in a wide array of fields within the humanities and engineering and natural sciences.
The compilers of the ranking noted that the basis for their assessment was data from a Ministry of Education and Science effectiveness review, as well as other parameters such as student career prospects and the university’s international, financial, and research activities. With this goal in mind, the ranking analysed statistical data on alumni employment, the number of entrepreneurs among these alumni, and how sought after they are in the Russian regions.
The final ranking was thus created from metrics divided into three groups – quality of education, quality of alumni, and the ‘Forbes factor’ (the ‘eliteness’ of the establishment and the percentage of entrepreneurs among graduates). The publication explains that it analysed ‘more than 1,600 representatives of the Russian elite – members of the Forbes list and their children, the managers of private and state-owned companies, government officials, and members of the parliament.’
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.
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 HSE has climbed to 84th position in the Young Universities Times Higher Education Ranking. The ranking assesses universities that were founded less than 50 years ago according to methodology used in the main THE ranking, which is published in autumn.