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HSE Firms Up Position among World’s Top 100 Young Universities

July 4, 2019

National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), a Project 5-100 participant, has edged up in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings of the world’s best young universities. Project 5-100 is a government-funded initiative aimed at making Russia’s premier institutions of higher learning more competitive globally.

HSE stands 39th in the latest QS Top 50 Under 50, the sole Russian university to feature in the league table. It has come a long way since making its debut on the list in 2015, when it became this country’s first academic institution to have achieved a ranking. Originally rated in the top 90, it progressed to the top 60 in 2016, top 50 in 2017 and top 40 in 2018. 

QS lists the 50 highest-rated universities under 50 years old in the order they appear in its overall world university rankings. Sourced from the current-year edition of the overall rankings, the Top 50 Under 50 implicitly uses the same set of six indicators as the former, namely: academic reputation, faculty/student ratio, employer reputation, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, international student ratio.

Also, HSE has made strides in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings, advancing 24 places to Number 60 in the latest edition released on June 26.

Russia has two more universities on this list, including another Project 5-100 participant, Siberian Federal University (SibFU). Ranked in the 301 + category, SibFU appears on the THE league table for the first time. No Russian university had ever made it into these rankings before 2017.

For this year’s Young University Rankings, THE has selected the best institutions under 50 years old from its 2018-2019 overall university standings by applying the same performance metrics as those used to compile the senior rankings: teaching (learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff, students and research); and industry income (knowledge transfer). However, their weightings have been adjusted to capture the specifics of the younger university group.

Universities are not eligible for inclusion if they do not teach undergraduates or if their publications indexed by the Scopus abstract and citation database totaled less than 1,000 between 2013 and 2017. Failure to publish at least 150 papers a year is another reason for exclusion. Finally, universities can be left out of the rankings if 80% or more of their research production is concentrated in one subject area (there are 11 such areas under the THE methodology).

To learn more about the QS Top 50 Under 50 rankings.

To learn more about the THE Young University Rankings.