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QS Rankings by Faculty and Subject Place Project 5-100 Institutions Among World's Best

March 4, 2020

On March 4, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK-based global higher education company released the latest edition of the World University Rankings by Faculty and Subject.

A total of 22 Russian universities, including 13 Project 5-100 participants, feature in the faculty ranking. Russia is represented in each of the five broad subject area (faculty) rankings: Art and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences and Management.

Three Project 5-100 institutions have made it into the top 100 of these league tables, with National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) coming in 59th for Social Sciences and Management, and Novosibirsk State University (NSU) and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) placing 64th and 67th, respectively, for Natural Sciences. For MIPT, this is the first top-100 finish in QS rankings by faculty.

Four Project 5-100 universities sit in the 101-200 band of the rankings: HSE, for Art and Humanities; Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) and NSU, for Engineering and Technology; and National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, for Natural Sciences.

Ural Federal University (UrFU) has advanced 100 positions to finish in the top 300 of the Art and Humanities league. The other Project 5-100 universities to rank in the top 300 are TSU, for Art and Humanities and for Natural Sciences; ITMO University, for Engineering Sciences and Technology and for Natural Sciences; MIPT, National University of Science and Technology MISIS (NUST MISIS), Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) and MEPhI, for Engineering Sciences and Technology.

UrFU has moved up more than 100 spots in the Social Sciences and Management rankings, too.  Other Project 5-100 institutions have also done well, with several improving their standings by more than 50 positions. TSU has performed this feat both in Natural Sciences and in Social Sciences and Management; Kazan Federal University (KFU), NUST MISIS, SPbPU, ITMO University and Lobachevsky University, in Natural Sciences; and HSE, in Engineering Sciences and Technology.

In addition, 15 Project 5-100 institutions appear in 30 subject rankings a total of 114 times, with HSE showing up in 19 tables, NSU in 13, UrFU in 12, TSU in 10, KFU in nine, MIPT and SPbPU in eight each, TPU and ITMO University in seven each, NUST MISIS in six, MEPhI and RUDN University in five each, Lobachevsky University and Samara University in two each, and Sechenov University in one.

The Physics and Astronomy list has the greatest number of Project 5-100 institutions (13).

As many as five Project 5-100 universities rank in the top 100 for individual subjects. Of these, the highest ranked is MISIS at #46 of the Mineral and Mining Engineering league where it has claimed a top-50 slot for the fourth consecutive year. HSE has made its top-50 debut, placing 48th for Politics & International Studies. It has also broken the top 100 of the History and Social Policy & Administration rankings for the first time while retaining its status as one of the 100 best universities for Sociology and Economy & Econometrics. The project's other top-100 finishers are MIPT, NSU and MEPhI, all of them in Physics and Astronomy.

Nine Project 5-100 universities have ended up in the 101-200 band of the subject rankings: MIPT (Computer Science & Information Systems, Mathematics), NUST MISIS (Materials Science), TSU (Linguistics, Modern Languages), HSE (Business & Management Studies, Accounting & Finance, Computer Science & Information Systems, Art & Design, Communication & Media Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Education, Law, Psychology, Modern Languages, Statistics & Operational Research, Philosophy), ITMO University (Computer Science & Information Systems), NSU (Archaeology, Mathematics, Chemical Engineering), RUDN University (Modern Languages, Linguistics), SPbPU (Civil & Structural Engineering) and UrFU (Archaeology, Philosophy).

Zoya Zaitseva, Regional Director - Eastern Europe & Central Asia at QS said: “This year’s results provide perhaps the strongest vindication yet of the 5-100 program. There is a clear positive directional trend for 5-100 participant universities, with nearly four times as many participant programs rising than falling. There are also 26 new 5-100 programs entering into the rankings this year: this partly reflects the continued expansion of QS’s ranking exercise, but also reflects the increasing competitiveness of well-funded, strategically-assertive, highly ambitious institutions”.

See the full ranking results.