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Out Now: QS World University Rankings

June 19, 2019


Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK-based global higher education company, has released its latest QS World University Rankings.

This year's league table features 25 Russian universities led again by Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) which has moved up from 90th to 84th. It is followed by Novosibirsk State University (NSU) in 231st place, up 13 rungs from last year. NSU participates in Project 5-100, a Russian state-funded program aimed at making this country's premier universities more competitive globally. For the first time ever a new institution has taken over as Russia's second-placed university in the QS rankings.

The top 300 includes another Project 5-100 participant in addition to NSU. This is Tomsk State University (TSU), which is now rated 268th.

Russian universities have also made headway in the top 400 range, increasing their representation from 10 to 13. The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) has stopped just short of the top 300, rising from 312th to 302nd, followed by the Higher School of Economics (322nd) and National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (329nd).

It is Project 5-100 universities that have helped Russia to expand its representation in the top 400 and 500.

Such Project 5-100 participants as Ural Federal University (UrFU), which ranks 364th, and Kazan Federal University (KFU) and RUDN University, both in 392nd place, have found their way into the top 400 for the first time ever.
ITMO University has made a major push towards higher rating ranges, gaining more than 70 positions to end 436th.

The top 500 also includes  SPbPU (439th) and NUST MISIS (451st).

Project 5-100 participants account for 16 out of the 25 Russian universities ranked by QS. They also make 12 out of this country's 16 institutions in the top 500 and nine out of the 13 in the top 400 of the QS rankings.

The progress made by Russian universities in the top 300, 400 and 500 groups speaks to their considerable potential and growing competitiveness, since it becomes increasingly more difficult for a university to improve its standings within the higher ranges.

Ben Sowter, Head of the QS Intelligence Unit, reads the latest rankings as proof that international students are responding warmly to the initiatives being pursued by the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Continued progress in creating a vibrant multinational academic community underlies Russia's improving rankings. Another key factor contributing to the country's success is the relatively low student-to-faculty ratio. As students appreciate having access to their professors, a high faculty-to-student ratio will enhance a university's attractiveness. Keeping this metric high is crucial to Russia's further progress, concludes Ben Sowter.

The main purpose of the QS World University Rankings is to help students choose among the world's top universities. Six indicators are used to compile the rankings: academic reputation, faculty-to-student ratio, employer reputation, citations per faculty, international student count and international faculty count.

See the full ranking results.