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13 universities of Project 5-100 are in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

May 26, 2021

On May 26, 2021, ARWU - Global Ranking of Academic Subjects was released. In total, ARWU subject ranking includes 19 Russian universities, 13 of which are Project 5-100 participants. Universities are represented in 29 subject areas out of 54 possible ones. The largest number of Russian universities was included into such subject areas as Mathematics, Physics (six universities per each subject area) and Metallurgical Engineering (five universities). Some universities are represented in several subject areas at the same time; in total, Russian universities are represented on 61 positions of the said ranking.


ARWU top 100 of academic subjects includes the following:

- Lomonosov Moscow State University in the subject area of Physics - position 57 to75;

- NUST MISIS in the subject area of Metallurgical Engineering - position 51 to 75;

- St. Petersburg State University in the subject area of Automation and Control - position 51 to 75;

- Belgorod State University in the subject area of Metallurgical Engineering - position 76 to 100;

- National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University) in the subject area of Mathematics - position 76 to 100;

- ITMO University in the subject area of Automation and Control - position 76 to 100.

NUST MISIS entered the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (ARWU) for the first time in 2017 and took one of the TOP 100 positions among world best universities in the subject area of “Metallurgical Engineering”. Today the university is placed on 51 to 75 positions in this area, 25 points higher within 5 years of participation in the ranking. Based on the ARWU-2021 results NUST MISIS confirmed its positions in the subject ranking areas of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology and Materials Science & Engineering. The achieved success is the result of the systematic work of the entire university staff aimed at developing of the existing research base, including opening of new laboratories and world-class centers, attracting leading Russian and foreign scientists, creating favorable conditions for the scientific activity of young researchers, "said Alevtina Chernikova, NUST MISIS rector.

Over the past three years, there has been a steady increase in the number of Russian universities that were represented in the ARWU of academic subjects: in 2021 - 19 Russian universities, in 2020 – 17 universities, in 2019 – 15 universities.

According to Irina Karelina, Senior Director for Strategic Development at the Higher School of Economics, the number of Russian universities in the world rankings is growing every year thanks to Project 5-100. “Since 2012, HSE has been stepping up the development of new research and engineering areas. The development tools formed in the project began to give results in 2017. And in 2021 we can see our university in the top 100 ranking in mathematics, which is undoubtedly a high result, ”she stressed.

For the first time, the Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University has entered the said ranking in the subject area of Clinical Medicine.

Compared to last year, the number of subject rankings where Russian universities are represented has remained unchanged, however, their list has somehow changed: in 2021, Russian universities entered such subject rankings as Public Administration, Education and Statistics.


Thus, Project 5-100 universities make a significant contribution to the promotion of the Russian higher education in the ARWU of academic subjects:

- Among all Russian universities represented in this ranking, 13 universities are Project 5-100 participants, i.e. 68.4%;

- Project 5-100 universities are represented in 23 out of 29 subject rankings among all subject areas where Russian universities take place, i.e. 79.3%;

- Project 5-100 universities are placed on 37 positions out of 61 where Russian universities are represented, i.e. 60.7%.

2021 ARWU Methodology of Academic Subjects

 Universities are ranked in 54 subject areas within such scientific fields as natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences. The number of universities included in the published part of the ranking depends on the subject area. In order to be included in the subject ranking, a university shall have a minimum number of scientific publications for the period of 2015 to 2019. Publications in different disciplines have different thresholds. The source of bibliometric data is the Web of Science database and the InCites analytical platform. The categories of the Web of Science database correspond to the 54 subject areas of ARWU. When compiling the rating, five objective indicators are used in the relevant subjects:

Q1 - the productivity of the scientific activity, the quality of research;

CNCI - Citation Index;

IC - International Cooperation;

TOP - number of publications in the best magazines;

AWARD - number of employees who have received prestigious awards in the specific area. This information is based on the ShanghaiRanking Academic Excellence Survey.

More than 1,000 professors from 95 leading universities that represent 17 countries or regions, participated in the survey.