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Project 5-100 Universities Make It to Top 100 of THE Young and Golden Age University Rankings

June 24, 2020

National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Siberian Federal University (SibFU), both of them participants in Project 5-100, are the only Russian institutions to show up in the latest edition of the Young University Rankings released by the British-based Times Higher Education (THE) on June 24.

HSE has broken the top 50, advancing fr om 60th to 41st spot. SibFU ranks within the 351-400 band.

For its Young University Rankings, THE has selected the best institutions under 50 years old from its 2019-2020 overall university standings. In the subset of millennial universities, i. e. those founded after the year 2000, Russia's sole representative is SibFU (established in 2006), at #73.

Since 2017, THE has each year produced a league table of universities founded in the 'Golden Age' of 1945-1967 to complement its Young University Rankings. The Golden Age University Rankings 2020 feature six Russian universities, three of them Project 5-100 institutions. Of the latter, two sit within the top 100: the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), which has moved up four positions to #31, and Novosibirsk State University (NSU), which comes in 95th. The third Project 5-100 entrant, RUDN University, is placed in the 101-150 band.

The other Russian universities to appear in the Golden Age Rankings are Novosibirsk State Technical University (NSTU), in the 201-250 band, Perm National Research Polytechnic University (PNRPU), in the 251-300 category, and MIREA – Russian Technological University (RTU MIREA), in the 301+ group.

In summary, Project 5-100 has provided all of Russia's representatives in this year's Young (and Millennial) University Rankings as well as the country's three best performers in the Golden Age University Rankings wh ere two of them hold a spot in the top 100.

To produce its Young and Golden Age University Rankings, THE selects eligible institutions from its 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 are adjusted to capture the specifics of the derivative rankings.

Institutions are not included in the Young University Rankings if they do not teach undergraduates or if their publications indexed by the Scopus abstract and citation database totaled less than 1,000 between 2014 and 2018. 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).