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More Project 5-100 Universities Make It into Top 100 of ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

June 26, 2019

On June 26, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy released its latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by subject, known as the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

This year's league table includes 15 Russian universities, 11 of which participate in Project 5-100, a government-funded initiative aimed at making Russia's leading education providers more competitive globally.

Universities are ranked by 54 subjects grouped into five broad fields: Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences. Several Russian universities feature in more than one subject ranking.

Thus, Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) has made the rankings in 16 subjects, more than any other Russian institution. In the Project 5-100 cohort, the best performer, for the second consecutive year, has been Novosibirsk State University (NSU) with eight rankings. It has come in second among all Russian universities, followed by the Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Saint Petersburg  University (SPBU), which have earned seven rankings apiece.

Russian universities appear in a total of 27 subject rankings. Their concentration is highest in Physics (seven), Mathematics (five) and Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (five). Project 5-100 universities have stayed on an upward trajectory, achieving a ranking in 21 subjects, up from 9 in 2017 and 17 in 2018.

This year, Russia has expanded its top-100 presence in various subjects to eight universities, compared to five in 2017 and six in 2018.

Two Project 5-100 participants have broken the top 100 of an ARWU subject ranking for the first time. They are Tomsk Polytechnic University, or TPU (76-100 in Mechanical Engineering), and ITMO University (76-100 in Automation and Control).

The other Russian universities to have gained a top-100 place in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects are HSE in Sociology (51-75) and Mathematics (76-100), NUST MISIS in Mining and Mineral Engineering (76-100) and Metallurgical Engineering (76-100), and NSU in Mining and Mineral Engineering (76-100). Importantly, NSU and NUST MISIS have maintained a foothold in the global top 100 for Mining and Mineral Engineering for the second year running, while HSE has been in the top 100 for Mathematics since 2018 and for Sociology since 2017.

The 101-200 range features five Project 5-100 universities: National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, HSE, NSU, Tomsk State University (TSU) and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).

MEPhI and MIPT have both made considerable headway in the Physics ranking, the former advancing from the 151-200 to the 101-150 band and the latter from the 201-300 to the 151-200 band. NSU (101-150) has now claimed a place in the top 200 for Physics three years in a row.

HSE has improved its standing in Political Sciences, from 150-200 to 101-150. It is also a top-200 university in Economics (151-200). TSU has again bagged a top-200 spot in Metallurgical Engineering (101-150).

In addition to Physics, MEPhI has made a notable climb in Instruments Science and Technology, moving up from the 201-300 to the 151-200 band.

There are also top-300 positions for ITMO University in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, for NSU in Mathematics and for both NSU and SPbPU in Instruments Science and Technology.

Further down the table, Russia is well-represented in the top 400 of several subject rankings, with NSU and NUST MISIS holding top-400 spots in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, NSU in Earth Sciences, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, SPbPU in Physics, Lobachevsky University in Atmospheric Science, NUST MISIS and ITMO University in Materials Science and Engineering. ITMO University also figures in the 301-400 range for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, while HSE is similarly positioned in Management and Business Administration.

Finally, Kazan Federal University (KFU) has made its debut appearance in the rankings, breaking the top 500 in Chemical Engineering (401-500).

The ARWU compilers put out their first Global Ranking of Academic Subjects in 2009. This year, more than 4,000 universities have been ranked. To secure a place on the league table, a university had to meet requirements (which varied by subject) regarding the minimum number of publications authored over 2013-2017. Five metrics are used to compile each subject ranking: number of relevant papers authored (PUB); category-normalized citation impact (CNCI); percentage of internationally co-authored papers (IC); number of papers published in top journals and conferences (TOP); number of staff winning a significant award (AWARD).

See the full ranking results.