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Six Project 5-100 Universities featured in top 50 of THE Emerging Economies University Rankings 2021

March 10, 2021

On March 9, 2021, the UK-based Times Higher Education (THE) published updated results of the Emerging Economies University Rankings. The published part of the 2021 ranking includes over 600 universities. The Russian Federation is among the top 5 countries with the biggest number of universities represented in the ranking and is second after China in terms of the universities in the top 50. Russian universities have expanded the representation in the top 100 up to 12, which is the finest result compared with previous periods. Eight universities out of these twelve are Project 5-100 participants.

“Project 5-100 participants contribute significantly to the representation of Russian universities in THE Emerging Economies University Rankings. In 2013 our country was represented in this ranking only by 2 Russian universities, compared with 48 universities in 2021 (20 of them represent Project 5-100). Moreover, six out of seven domestic institutions in the top 50 of the ranking are Project 5-100 participants. Transformation of the higher education in Russia made it possible to increase the country’s position among the leaders through the representation of Russian universities in the highest-ranking ranges,” said Boris Filippov, Biology Ph.D., the Head of Project 5-100 Office.


In 2021, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (National Research University) (11th position) and National Research University “Higher School of Economics” (24th position) took second and third places among the three best Russian universities in THE Emerging Economies University Rankings.

"This is the second year HSE University has placed in the top 25 of the ТНЕ Emerging Economies ranking. HSE University’s internationalization indicators are continue to improve. Our bilingual environment, which has emerged at the University over the recent years, provides comfortable conditions for our international colleagues and students, and international students’ interest in HSE grows every year. Even last year, despite the pandemic, we enrolled 12% more international students than in 2019, which had been a record year. This is a sign of the University’s high reputation among international applicants", said Irina Karelina, Senior Director for Strategic Planning at HSE University.

Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Project 5-100 participant, is among eight Russian universities that have achieved the ranking for the first time.

A significant number of Project 5-100 participants improved their positions in THE Emerging Economies University Rankings as compared to last year. Siberian Federal University demonstrated the highest growth dynamics among the Project 5-100 universities, climbing by 100 positions (from ‘351-400’ up to ‘251-300’ group).

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University has shown good positive dynamics and earned a top 50 spot, going up by 37 positions. Moving up the standings, SPbPU together with National Research Tomsk State University (+3 positions) have extended the number of Project 5-100 universities in the top 50 from 4 to 6 as compared to last year. Project 5-100 universities featured in the top-100 are the same as in 2020.

“The methodology of this ranking puts those universities, which develop research activities and systematically work in the field of development and new technologies in close connection with industry, on the front line. Our St. Petersburg Polytechnic University has shown decent growth not only in terms of scientific productivity and research impact but also in terms of the contribution of industrial and innovative activities. This is evidenced by the prototype of the KAMA-1 electric vehicle developed by the Polytechnic together with our partner PAO KAMAZ