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Universities of Project 5-100 retain their leadership in the QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia ranking

December 16, 2020

Today, December 16, 2020, the leading international ranking agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) published the seventh edition of the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia (QS EECA, “QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia”). Russian higher education is represented in the ranking by 121 universities, with all participants of Project 5-100 included in the QS EECA. In total, the ranking includes 400 of the best universities in the global region. Compared to last year, domestic universities have demonstrated multidirectional dynamics: 11 universities have strengthened their positions in the top-100, and four universities have dropped out of the top-100 of the ranking.

“The promotion of Russian higher education in the global rankings is largely due to the participants of Project 5-100, as evidenced by the results of the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia. Thus, 19 universities of Russia entered the top 100 QS EECA, 13 of which are participants in the 5-100 Project. In the higher ranking — the top-50 — the ratio of universities in this group to other Russian universities is even higher: 12 out of 15 universities or 80%. At the same time, nine out of 11 domestic universities that showed positive dynamics in the top 100 also represent Project 5-100. We see that Russia is the leader in the ranking with five universities in the top ten, and three of them are participants in Project 5-100. These results indicate, firstly, a significant strengthening of positions in the global academic space of the leading Russian universities, which purposefully increase their international competitiveness, and secondly, the effectiveness of state support for universities, implying their transformation into the world's leading research and educational centers. This is confirmed by foreign initiatives of academic excellence and proved by Project 5-100”, - said Boris Filippov, Biology Ph.D., the Head of the Project 5-100 Office and Acting Director of Sociocenter.

The Novosibirsk National Research State University, which took a place in the top five of the ranking, demonstrates consistently high results in the "QS University Rankings: Developing Europe and Central Asia." NSU skipped ahead only Moscow State University and St. Petersburg State University. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (National Research University), having surpassed many classical universities, returned to the top-10 QS EECA, taking a ninth position. The National Research Tomsk State University closes the top-10 of the best universities.

TSU Rector Eduard Galazhinsky said: "Project 5-100 allowed Tomsk State University and other Project participants to restart the development of science, education, economics, infrastructure, and innovation. The results are reflected in the growth in major world rankings. A better understanding of the university’s future helped to create a clear strategy for the development in the global educational sphere”. 

Every year Project 5-100 universities dynamically expand their presence in the "QS University Rankings: Developing Europe and Central Asia": 15 participants of Project 5-100 have entered the ranking in 2014, 18 - in 2015, 19 - in 2016, and 20 universities in 2017. All the universities participating in Russia’s Academic Excellence Program - Project 5-100 - have been represented in the QS EECA achieved the maximum possible result in 2018-2020. Compared to last year, 14 Project 5-100 participants have improved their positions in the ranking. Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University has shown the highest dynamics among Project 5-100 participants, raising 29th position (159 in the ranking). RUDN University has moved from 58th to 43rd place, entering the top-50 of the QS EECA-2021. Sechenov University has risen 15 positions and reached 139th place in the ranking. ITMO University has significantly improved its position in the top-100, rising 10 positions. South Ural State University has raised 12 positions and now ranks 116th place in QS EECA-2021. 

SUSU Rector Alexander Shestakov commented: “The main result demonstrated by South Ural State University is positive dynamics and high efficiency if the investments made within the framework of Project 5-100. We have managed to improve our positions in major rankings and strengthen our relations with our partners. University’s scientific research has reached a world-class level. Also, I would like to note the participation of all institutes and higher schools in this movement: we face the dramatic annual growth of the publications in top-rated journals. SUSU is constantly increasing the number of significant projects with the participation of the university’s employees."

Director of the Center for Ranking Research at ITMO University, Ilya Kuftyrev, noted: “ITMO University is improving its reputation scores from year to year, which indicates the growth of its wide international recognition in a whole range of scientific and educational areas. Currently, ITMO is represented in seven subjects and two industry subjects QS rankings, and in total it has points in 20 out of 51 possible QS subject areas. Although 4 years ago the university was not present in any subject rankings, and had points in only five subjects. Such dynamics clearly testify to two trends: firstly, ITMO's recognition in the rankings is gradually growing and is approaching its real, well-deserved reputation; and secondly, ITMO is becoming an increasingly interdisciplinary university. In addition, about 46% of ITMO's scientific publications indexed by Scopus and published in 2014-2018 were produced in collaboration with foreign researchers and this is the best indicator among all Russian universities taking part in Project 5-100.”

The QS Eastern Europe & Central Asia ranking was first published in 2014. In order to track the performance of universities in this region, the ranking uses an adapted QS Global University Ranking’s methodology, which is also similar to the methodologies used in other QS regional rankings. The ranking evaluates universities in accordance with 10 indicators, and each of them contributes to the overall assessment of the university. The ranking results can be sorted to compare universities for each of these 10 indicators. In comparison with 2019, the published part of the ranking has been expanded from 350 to 400. In 2014, the QS EECA ranked 100 universities, in 2015 - 150 universities, in 2016 — 200, in 2017-2018 — 300.