HSE Outranks Russian Universities in 10 QS Subject Rankings
HSE University has made the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject in 23 broad and specific subject areas, which is four more than last year. HSE now ranks in 19 of the 38 subject rankings in which Russian universities are represented, as well as in four out of five broad subject areas. HSE has entered the list of the world’s top 100 universities in five subjects, including History and Social Policy & Administration, where it has ranked for the first time.
1st place among Russian universities in terms of subject ranking improvement
HSE University has improved its standing in seven subjects and three broad subject areas, and it has entered three additional subject rankings for the first time. These additional rankings include Social Policy & Administration (where it immediately ranked in the top 100), Art & Design, and Statistics & Operational Research (where it ranked in the 151 -200 group).
2nd place among Russian universities in the number of subject rankings
The three highest represented Russian universities in the subject rankings have not changed from last year. Moscow State University makes 30 subject lists, HSE University makes 19, and St. Petersburg State University makes 16. 80% of the top 15 Russian universities placing in the QS subject rankings are institutions participating in the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100.
1st place in 10 subjects among Russian universities
HSE University now outranks all Russian universities in 10 subjects: Art & Design, History, Psychology, Accounting & Finance, Business & Management, Economics & Econometrics, Education, Sociology, Social Policy & Administration, and Politics & International Relations. HSE is also the only Russian university to be represented in the Social Policy & Administration and Art & Design rankings.
In 5 subjects, HSE ranks among the world’s top 100 universities
This year, HSE added two additional subjects to its list of top 100 world-ranked subject offerings, thereby bringing it to a total of five: History, Politics & International Relations, Economics & Econometrics, Sociology, and Social Policy & Administration. HSE also ranks in the top 100 in the broad subject area of Social Sciences & Management, where it rose to 59th place. HSE’s highest ranking – 48th – is in Politics & International Relations. These subjects all fall within the core academic disciplines the university has offered since its founding.
HSE ranks in 4 of the 5 broad subject areas
The QS rankings include five broad subject areas. This year, HSE University increased its presence in the lists by ranking in the Natural Sciences category. This new placement is significant given that HSE’s faculties in this field were launched only recently. For example, the Faculty of Geography was established in 2019, while the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology and the Faculty of Chemistry were created in 2018. To date, HSE’s position in the Natural Science category is largely due to its ranking in the Mathematics subject ranking, where it places in the top 150.
Thirty six Russian universities are included in the 2020 QS Subject Rankings, with 15 of them being participants of the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100. Eleven Russian universities rank among the world’s top 100 universities in various subjects, and five of these universities are participating in the Project 5-100. Together, Russian universities hold a total of 190 places in the subject rankings, with 60% of them being occupied by Project 5-100 universities.
‘Certainly, one of the success factors in these rankings is a significant improvement in the global reputation of Russian universities, primarily due to the Russian Academic Excellence Project, which aims to promote the competitiveness of Russian universities,’ says Irina Karelina, Senior Director for Strategic Planning at HSE University.
The QS World University Rankings by Subject are based upon four indicators: academic reputation, reputation among employers, publication citations, and the H-index, which is based on the number of articles per researcher and the quantity of citations in other publications they receive.
When HSE opened its track in Art and Design in 2012, it was a single undergraduate programme with 130 students. At that time, our goal was to place in the top 200 programmes by 2020. A lot has changed since then. Now, in the Art and Design School, we offer three bachelor’s programmes, six master’s programmes, a doctoral programme, and continuing education programmes. We have more than 2,500 students enrolled in our programmes. Every year, we hold an international conference and host prominent artists and designers from all over the world who give lectures and lead workshops. Our students not only participate in international competitions, but they often win. In addition, we are proud to provide our faculty and students a creative atmosphere: we opened our Gallery of Modern Art, and we are currently sending two student groups to the Prague School of Cinema. And this is only the beginning. Within the next decade, we hope to place among the top universities in art and design worldwide.
Leonid Gokhberg, First Vice Rector, Director, Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge
HSE’s top 200 ranking in statistics is quite logical, I think. HSE is Russia’s largest educational and research centre in this area, and we have been widely recognized in the international community. We not only offer high-quality educational programmes that attract international students, but many of our experts participate in international studies and the development of statistical standards globally renowned organizations (in areas such as statistics of science, innovation, digital economy, education, employment, demography, and market research). Additional big contributors to HSE’s reputation have been our international conferences held here on campus, our regular publication of statistical collections, and our training programmes for statistical services in various countries.
Andrey Klimenko, Academic Supervisor, Institute for Public Administration and Governance
Over the past year, we have launched two new master's programmes as well as Russia’s first doctoral programme in public administration and governance. Our research journal, Public Administration Issues, now publishes issues in English, and our foreign colleagues actively publish their research with us.
HSE has become home to a unique team of historians recognized by the international academic community. Their many books and articles are well known and widely cited by our foreign colleagues. Thanks to our research centres and laboratories, HSE is known to historians around the world for its conferences and research projects, as well as the lectures and lecture courses that our faculty members present all over the world.
The Faculty of Social Sciences has made significant progress and is a leader in all QS 2020 indicators. We now rank 48th in the world in Politics and International Relations and continue to rank 1st in this area among universities in Russia for the second year in a row. In Sociology, we continue to rank among the world’s top 100, and we have been Russia’s leading university in this area for 3 years now. And this year, we have had a pleasant surprise: for the first time, we placed among the top 100 universities worldwide in Social Policy & Administration. In this subject, too, we are now the number 1 Russian university. What can attribute this progress to? I think we can attribute it to a lot of things: our publication citations, our professional reputation, our international laboratories and projects, our active participation in international professional associations, our new degree awarding system, and much more.
HSE University Enters Top 100 in Mathematics and Improves Its Positions in US News Best Global Universities Rankings
HSE University has improved its positions in the US News Best Global Universities institutional and subject rankings. For the first time, the University ranks among the top 100 universities in the world for mathematics. HSE is also the only Russian university in the subject rankings of Economics and Business and Social Sciences and Public Health, placing among the top 300 in both categories.
This year, the Expert Analytical Centre’s ranking of Russian entrepreneurial universities evaluated 46 universities, 18 of which are participants of Russia’s 5-100 Project. In the ranking, HSE, together with Moscow State University and St. Petersburg State University, took 2nd-4th places, while MIPT ranked first. The ranking’s methodology places special emphasis on startups launched by university graduates, the number of founding graduates at these companies, and the amount of investments these projects have received.
This year, the Master’s Programme ‘Strategic Management in Logistics’, offered by the HSE Graduate School of Business, ranked 34th in the Supply Chain Management Programme ranking, a new addition to the QS Business Masters Rankings. This is the fifth HSE programme to be included the QS Business Rankings. Four others have ranked among the top 100 for several years now.
This year, HSE University has maintained its position in the 251-300 range in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University ranks among the top 3 Russian universities along with Moscow State University (which ranks 174th) and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (which ranks in the 201-250 range). In the THE’s global ranking of the best universities for research, HSE ranks 199th.
HSE University continues to climb the Moscow international university ranking, The Three University Missions (MosIUR), this year taking 120th place. The ranking became the most representative in the world this year – for the first time, the number of ranked universities reached 1,500.
HSE University has advanced to the 801-900 group in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking and now ranks in the 7th-8th place among Russian universities. Moreover, HSE University is the only Russian university to improve its standing in the ranking this year.
HSE University has risen from fourth to third place in the Superjob University Ranking in terms of the salaries made by young professionals in the legal field who graduated in 2014–2019. According to the ranking’s authors, our graduates can expect to earn an average of 100,000 rubles a month in Moscow.
HSE University alumni working in economics and finance, earn an average of 115,000 rubles a month in their first five years of work after graduation. This is the second best result among universities, according to data from the Superjob job search website.
Among Russian universities, HSE University has the second highest number of subjects to be included in the Shanghai subject ranking (Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020). HSE University and ITMO University, respectively, are included in 7 subject rankings, while Moscow State University is represented in 12 subject rankings.