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Five universities of Project 5-100 are in the TNE ranking

January 29, 2021

On January 28, 2021, the British edition of Times Higher Education (THE) published the updated results of the ranking of "The World's Most International Universities". The published part of the ranking includes 172 most reputable universities from 33 countries. Russia is represented in the ranking by seven universities, with five of them participating in Project 5-100. If in 2016 not a single Russian university was included in the ranking, then in 2021 the Russian Federation took the 6th place among the countries with the largest number of the strongest universities represented in the ranking in terms of international fame and close integration into the world scientific and educational space.

The ranking is characterized by a fairly high turnover of the composition of participants: for example, in 2021, 13 universities in the world dropped out of the ranking, two of them - from the top 10 (City University of Hong Kong and Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne).

In the top-100 ranking "The most international universities in the world" presented the Moscow State University. M.V. Lomonosov (95th position), in the top 150 - National Research Tomsk State University (107th position), National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI" (118th position) and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (National Research University) (121st position). At the same time, the National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI" returned to the ranking after two years of absence, which made it possible to increase the representation of Russian higher education in the ranking compared to the last year.

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Artem Rykun, TSU Vice-Rector for International Relations: “One always starts looking at the rankings from the top positions. And in recent years there has been a certain alternation - first MIT, then Harvard; then Harvard, then MIT. So, it is with us: one year we were the first, this year the second - but the first from the universities of Project 5-100. According to the TNE methodology, internationalization is the fourth most important indicator, it consists of three main components. First, these are international research collaborations in which TSU participates. For example, three collaborations at CERN, the TSU partnership in the INTERACT network for the Arctic, these are the loudest ones. The second is the leading foreign scientists. At TSU, such international stars as, for example, Terry Callaghan, Richard Ernst, and other famous scientists in key scientific fields work as teachers and researchers in faculties and laboratories. And the third position is foreign students. Now children from 70 countries study at TSU. Of course, our priority is Southeast and Central Asia. Students from Central Asia are the largest group at TSU, many leading scientists and leaders of our university are from this region. Students from Southeast Asia are distinguished by good preparation, and good motivation, and loyalty - this is very important. Other regions include the Middle East and Egypt. I must say that these students are good at learning Russian and adapt quickly enough. In one year of training, they quickly master the language volume, which is enough for them in the future to communicate and study. European students, as a rule, go to philologists, from Asia - to computer science, economics, and international relations. And we hope this trend will continue. This is a natural set for us, which is associated with the diversity of our scientific schools and directions. "

Sergey Kireev, Director of the Center for Monitoring and Ranking Research, NRNU MEPhI: “For the first time, NRNU MEPhI entered the top 125 best universities in the world in the international ranking THE “The Most International Universities of the World”. To a large extent, this result was achieved thanks to the participation of the university in Project 5-100. Since 2013, NRNU MEPhI has carried out a significant transformation of scientific, educational, international, management activities, which allowed it to transform from a narrowly focused, practically closed industrial university into a global competitive world-class university. Today, more than 25% of foreign students study at NRNU MEPhI and a large number of foreign teaching staff work (approximately 20%). NRNU MEPhI develops scientific areas that are important for Russia: new generation nuclear energy technologies, intelligent systems and cybersecurity, applied accelerator technologies, nanoscale and nuclear medical technologies, radio photonic and laser technologies, etc. At the same time, the university pays great attention to the development of international relations, including participation in international scientific collaborations, which, of course, has a positive effect on his international reputation."

Vitaly Bagan, Vice-Rector for Research, MIPT: “This ranking assesses the internationalization of universities and international cooperation, the international reputation of universities. We are very pleased that Phystech is constantly improving its performance and is included in the top 150 best universities in the world according to the ranking. This was the result of actions to strengthen international activity in both the scientific and educational components. Thanks to the 5-100 program, we managed to increase the number of publications with an international scientific assessment up to 50%, and now about half of the articles are published in co-authorship with leading scientists. In terms of education, Phystech has opened 12 new programs, most of them in English. They represent attractive topics for our applicants - Computer Science, biotechnology and cybersecurity, as well as aerospace technologies. "

Three more Russian universities - National Research University Higher School of Economics, Novosibirsk National Research State University, St. Petersburg State University - are in the 151-160 ranking range.

A significant achievement of all Russian universities represented in the ranking is the increase in scores within the Internationalization indicator, which weighs 75% in the ranking. This trend indicates a significant increase in the attractiveness of Russian universities for both foreign students and foreign scientists, as well as the importance of ongoing scientific research for the international agenda.


The ranking of the most international universities in the world is based on data used in THE 2020 institutional ranking. When compiling the ranking, four indicators of equal weight are used: the proportion of foreign university teachers, the proportion of foreign students, the proportion of scientific publications co-authored with foreign scientists, and the international reputation of the university. The latter indicator is measured by the ratio of the number of votes of foreign experts who marked the university to the number of votes of domestic experts. To participate in the ranking, a university, as part of a reputation survey, must receive at least 100 expert votes (as part of surveys that reveal the reputation of universities in teaching and research) and at least 50 votes or 10% of all expert votes from their country.


Times Higher Education is an international publication that publishes news about higher education and annually publishes a number of international university rankings: institutional, subject, regional, as well as specialized: ranking of the most international universities in the world, ranking of young universities, reputation ranking, etc.

Project 5-100 - A project to improve the competitiveness of leading Russian universities among the world's leading research and educational centers. Priority areas are building up the research potential of Russian universities, integrating education, entrepreneurship and innovation, building brands and outstanding academic reputation of leading universities, transitioning to international management practices, optimizing the structure of universities, internationalizing all areas of activity, improving infrastructure to attract the best scientists and teachers, managers and students, the active promotion of the national higher education system in key markets, building up positions and authority in the international community, including improving positions in the world (institutional and subject) rankings of universities.