HSE University Improves its Position in QS World Rankings
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 QS ranking rates more than a thousand universities, including 25 Russian ones, most of which are Project 5-100 participants. Since entering the ranking in 2014, HSE has only improved its standing, climbing a total of 179 places.
The highest weighted factors influencing the rating (with a weight totaling 50%) concern a university’s reputation: academic reputation and employer assessment of graduates. In each of these regards HSE University has improved its ranking by more than 50 places, taking 4th and 3rd place, respectively, among Russian universities. In addition, HSE improved its performance in the areas of academic and scientific journal citations and international student enrolment.
‘It is gratifying to see that not one or two Russian universities are advancing in the ratings, but a large group of us, and this is happening year after year,’ says First Vice Rector of HSE University Vadim Radaev. ‘This attests to the progress being made in the Russian system of higher education as a whole.’ Professor Radaev particularly credits Project 5-100 in this improvement: three quarters of the Russian universities that made the rankings are participants of the project.
Russian universities are advancing steadily in the rankings—and the higher our rankings, the harder it will be to climb even higher
In terms of reputation, HSE is making significant headway. Difficulties arise with scientific journal citations, however, insofar as HSE has only just recently begun to develop its faculties in the natural sciences. ‘Even so, the increase of our numbers in this regard is also good, and we will only continue to improve,’ says Professor Radaev.
He also emphasized that HSE University is committed to improving its standing in the world university rankings in all major subject areas.
The QS World University Rankings is published annually by the British company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and is based on the following weighted factors: academic reputation (40%), reputation with employers (10%), the proportion of international faculty and students (5%), the ratio of students to teacher (20%), and the number of scholarly citations per faculty member (20%). Reputation factors are calculated on the basis of questionnaires completed by academic experts and employers.
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.
On June 24-26, 2020, the THE Young Universities Summit will be held for the first time at HSE University in Moscow. An official hand off ceremony was held earlier at the University of Surrey, which hosted the event this year. It was not by chance that HSE University was selected to be next year’s summit host—it is the only Russian university that consistently ranks among the THE top 100 young universities, and this year it took 60th place.
In 2019 the Higher School of Economics has climbed from 84th to 60th place in the Time Higher Education (THE) world ranking of young universities. HSE University is the only Russian university to place in the top 100 of this ranking.
HSE University has retained its position in the Top 100 of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, otherwise known as the Shanghai Ranking, in sociology and mathematics. The university improved in political science and has also placed in the same group in economics. At the same time, HSE moved to the next group in management and entered new subject areas – psychology and business administration. HSE is the only Russian university ranked in four subjects: Sociology, Management, Business Administration, and Political Science. HSE University is Russia’s leader in economics and ranks in the same group as Moscow State University in mathematics.
HSE University has placed 5th in the annual ranking of the best Russian universities compiled by the RAEX agency (RAEX Analytics). The university also came in third in terms of demand for graduates.
HSE University has appeared in 10 subject areas and six subject categories of the Expert Analytical Centre ranking of university research productivity. Moreover, HSE ranked 1st in five areas and two sections.
A new supercomputer, which has been recently set up at MIEM, will allow the university to carry out high quality research in deep learning and mathematical modeling. The computer was ranked sixth in the April Top-50 ranking of supercomputers in Russia.
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.