HSE Success in Research Performance Rankings in 8 Subject Areas
HSE has been ranked one of the top 15 universities by research performance in 8 subject areas, compiled by the Expert Analytical Centre in 2016. HSE took the first place in three subjects: Economics, Social Sciences and Humanities.
HSE is among the top three universities in Computer Science, ranked joint 2nd and 3rd along with MIPT, and in a new subject area Engineering (3rd place). The university performed better in Mathematics and took 4th place, and in Earth Science and Physics and Astronomy HSE was ranked 11th-12th and 12th respectively.
The ranking methodology is based on articles published in journals indexed by Scopus, the international abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, over the last four years. When calculating a university’s total score, experts assess its performance in three categories (each worth an equal share of 33.3%); university development quality; research activity relevance; scale and sustainability of research activity. Universities that produce at least 0.5% of the total number of Russian scientific articles published over the past four years, are considered in each subject ranking.
In 2017 the number of subject areas increased from 10 to 13; and a total of 88 Russian universities were assessed in the ranking. According to the authors, publication activity is an objective indicator in any accurate and verifiable evaluation. Secondly, active research activity is an indicator of the university’s success in other areas: in education it gives opportunities to participate in the latest research, studying both theory and its application; and it helps build links internationally, as contemporary research cannot be pursued in isolation.
Earlier this year, HSE made it to 13 subject and 2 international subject area rankings issued by QS, demonstrating the best results of all the Project 5-100 participants. HSE was ranked among the top 100 in three areas: Economics & Econometrics, Politics & International Studies, and Sociology, and it is the only Russian university in Accounting & Finance (101-150).
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 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 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.
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.
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.