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Project 5-100 Universities Make Gains in Final Batch of THE Subject Rankings 2020

November 19, 2019

As part of Project 5-100's 29th Seminar/Conference being held at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (PRUE) in Moscow, UK-based Times Higher Education (THE) has today released the latest edition of its global university rankings for Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health, and Psychology.

The Physical Sciences table lists 33 Russian universities, 18 of them participating in Project 5-100. Of these, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) is a top-100 finisher at number 45, up five places on last year. Russia's top-200 contingent includes National Research Nuclear University MEPhI in the 101-125 band, Novosibirsk State University (NSU) in the 126-150 band, and Tomsk State University (TSU) in the 176-200 band. They are followed by St Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) at 201-250, ITMO University at 251-300 and Kazan Federal University (KFU) at 301-400, with NUST MISIS, Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) and National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) also sitting within the top 500. New entrants to the rankings are St Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” (ETU “LETI”) and South Ural State University (SUSU).

Russia has more universities in the Physical Sciences table than in any other of the subject rankings published. Importantly, the majority of these institutions have either improved on last year's performance or remained in the same band.

Nine Russian universities, including six Project 5-100 participants, have earned slots in the Life Sciences rankings, with MIPT ending up in the top 300 (251-300 band), NSU in the top 400 (301-400 band) and KFU and TSU in the top 500 (401-500 band).

TSU debuts in the Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health rankings in the 401-500 band, which it shares with, among others, a fellow Project 5-100 institution, KFU. In addition, there is NSU in the 501-600 band, and RUDN University and Sechenov University in the 601+ range.  

HSE has finished in the top 200 of the Psychology rankings for the second consecutive year.

The set of four rankings unveiled today is the final batch of THE subject rankings to be released this year. The company has earlier published league tables for Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Business and Economics, Education, Law, Social Sciences, and Arts and Humanities.

In all, as many as five Russian universities have made it into the top 100 of this year's THE subject rankings. These include four Project 5-100 participants: MIPT in Computer Science and Physical Sciences, HSE in Business and Economics, ITMO University in Computer Science, and KFU in Education.

Finally, Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), which does not participate in Project 5-100, sits within the top 100 of the Physical Sciences and Arts and Humanities rankings.

To compile its subject rankings, THE uses the same 13 performance metrics as for its overall university standings but adjusts their weightings to reflect the specifics of each subject area. These indicators fall into five broad categories: teaching (learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff, students and research); and industry income (knowledge transfer).