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Russian universities, Project 5-100 participants, record significant improvements in latest QS tables

June 8, 2017

Russian universities have significantly improved their positions in the QS World University Rankings 2017/2018.

Data from the World University Rankings reveal 965 top universities. Russia appears in the list with 24 universities featured, 15 of which are Project 5-100 - Russian Academic Excellence Project - participants.

During the period 2012-2017, Project 5-100 was ensuring this upward trend being a significant element of the overall rise in the number of Russia’s universities listed in the QS rankings. The rates of growth of the number of Project 5-100 universities featured in the rankings were rather high: 9 in 2012, 11 in 2013, 13 – in 2014-16 and 15 in 2017.

Russian universities have demonstrated dynamism, increasing their presence in the QS world universities rankings to 24 in 2017. Russia’s universities have featured in the 201-300 group and six in the 301-400 this year.

This year’s results indicate that Russia’s Project 5-100 is performing well, with the number of top-placements increase and continues to bear fruit with almost all Russian excellence initiative universities, Project 5-100 participants, advancing in the rankings. Outside of Project 5-100, Lomonosov Moscow State University entered the world’s top 100 and has been placed 95.

"Russian universities have , in general, shown good dynamics: Novosibirsk State University entered top 250, and three other Project 5-100 - universities - Ural Federal University, MISiS and RUDN University – have improved by 100 places or even more. These improvements and placements increase primarily come in the ‘Faculty/Student Ratio’ indicator”, said Lyudmila Ogorodova, Deputy Minister of Education and science of the Russian Federation.

Novosibirsk State University has broken into the top 250 for the first time ever. This is also the only Russian university which managed to improve Citation Index in 2017. The only Russian universities that succeeded to left it behind were Lomonosov Moscow State University and Saint-Petersburg State University which now places 240th.

The fundamental factors that were contributing to the success of Novosibirsk State University in the world universities rankings were the concentration of talent, effective management, and, of course, the governmental support within Project 5-100 which was instrumental in enhancing the international competitiveness of Russian higher education", commented the achievements of the university and its team rector Mikhail Fedoruk.

Tomsk State University, Project 5-100 participant, was ranked 323rd. It is another Russian success story, having improved by 54 places this year.

National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI" ( 373rd place), Higher School of Economics (382 place) and Tomsk Polytechnic University (386 place) have entered top 400, confirming once again that specialized universities can also succeed in the global rankings.

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Kazan Federal University and Ural Federal University have been placed within top 500. Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and Kazan Federal University were listed in the 401-410 group and 441-450 respectively. Ural Federal University was ranked in the 491-500 group, having improved by 110 places.

National University of science and technology MISiS and RUDN University were placed in 501-550 group, while RUDN University leads Russian universities in Employer Reputation indicator improvement, remaining also the leader in International Students indicator in Russia. RUDN University has been placed 53 of the top 200 universities with the highest percentage of international students according to the Times Higher Education top 200 universities rating published April 26, 2017.

Two higher education institutions enter the rankings this year. These are ITMO University (601-650 group) and Samara National Research University (801-1000 group).

Far Eastern Federal University was listed in 601-650 group, and Lobachevsky University was featured in 701-750 group.

"Getting into the rankings is not an end in itself but one of the means for realizing development and mechanism of evaluating and assessing our activities –scientific publications quality improvement, international relations and partnerships development, joint educational programs setting up with business , including Yandex, JetBrains, Acronis and others, international exhibitions participation. This provides additional strength to our overall goals”, said ITMO University vice-rector for international relations Daria Kozlova

Zoya Zaitseva, QS Regional Director in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, emphasized that until now, QS has applied a weighting of 70% to the international and 30% to the domestic score in the QS employer reputation analysis. In recent years as survey responses have grown and the rankings have been extended, a larger proportion of responses are now domestic where employers typically have a more intimate understanding of their local universities. Going forward from this year this balance has been shifted to 50:50. For this edition, whilst QS has retained a five year publication period, it has extended the citation period for those papers to six years. Zoya Zaitseva said that specifically, for the QS World University  Rankings 2018 they counted citations attracted in the 2011-2016 period by those papers indexed in Scopus with publication dates between 2011 and 2015. This increases the significance of the final year of the five year period and provides a little more data to our normalization process.

Project 5-100, Russian Academic Excellence Project, is aimed at strengthening Russia’s position as an outstanding place for education and research in the long term and further improving its international competitiveness. It has designed to encourage and promote Russian leading universities further development by supporting education and research, promoting internationalization, teaching and studying in Russia, enhancing universities’ profiles, and facilitating cooperation. It tells about the universal access to the high-quality education in Russia and its global character, inclusiveness and cultural diversity.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds have been compiling university rankings since 2004, when they published their inaugural QS World University Rankings. Since then, QS’s rankings have grown to be the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance. Their Subject rankings tables were visited over 30 million times in 2016, and their overall rankings tables over 54 million times.