Russian Universities – Leaders in QS EECA RatingJune 15, 2016
Three Russian universities are at the top of Emerging Europe and Central Asia QS University Rankings (QS EECA). Lomonosov Moscow State University is in first place, second place belongs to a Project 5-100 university – Novosibirsk State, while St. Petersburg State University holds down third place, having risen from 5th last year.
QS EECA now includes 200 universities, which is 50 more than in 2015. Universities from 21 countries of the region are represented in the rankings. Russia is the absolute leader with 64 universities in these league tables.
Almost all Project 5-100 universities are in the QS EECA, and many of them have managed to improve their positions. The following institutions made it into the TOP 50: MIPT (17th place), Tomsk State (20th), NRNU MEPhI (25th), St. Petersburg Polytechnic (31st vs 35th last year), NRU HSE (35th), and TPU – in 45th place
KFU has continued in 52nd place, UrFU has risen to 54th, Lobachevski University – to 57th. According to QS analysts, the most significant breakthrough this year belongs to NUST MISiS which has jumped 12 positions and occupied 63rd place. Russian People’s Friendship University is in 74th place, FEFU – in 78th, ITMO – in 81st. Samara University has made significant progress and entered the 101-110 cluster this year. LETI and SFU are also in the TOP 200 (both in the 111-120 cluster), along with BFU (131-140) and South-Ural State University (151-200).
Zoya Zaytseva (Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at QS) offered the following comment: “Overall, Russian universities are showing good results in international university rankings. Global university rankings and international positioning of universities is an interesting topic these days with Project 5-100 doing a lot to draw attention to this subject. However, considering that our universities have joined the rankings fairly recently, there is still a lot to do; this is a marathon, not a sprint - it is premature to expect quick results from just a couple of years of efforts in this area. What is important is that we are moving in the right direction – the universities are improving their websites, intensifying international collaborations, and actively participating in large education events all over the world”.