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MIPT among the top 100 most powerful global university brands

May 30, 2018

Times Higher Education (THE) publishes the THE World Reputation Rankings 2018 – the list of the world's most prestigious universities.

Russia has increased its representation in the rankings table this year as judged by those best placed to know the most about excellence in higher education.

MIPT – Russian Academic Excellence Project (Project 5-100) participant – has made top 100 in this year’s list. 

MIPT is ranked in the 91 – 100 band together with theuniversities from the United States, Denmark, France, Israel, Finland, India, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, and Switzerland. It is the second time MIPT has achieved a top 100 entry in the Times Higher Education Reputation Rankings since they were first published in 2010.

«A university’s prestige in the global academic community – its ‘brand’ – is vital to attract the talent needed to allow it to compete and to thrive, as well as to draw-in strategic partners, philanthropy and investment. The questionnaire, which is administered on behalf of THE by Elsevier, targets only experienced, published scholars, who offer their views on excellence in research and teaching within their disciplines and at institutions with which they are familiar,» says THE.

One more Russian university featured in the rankings is MSU (33th).

The top 100 list represents only around 10 per cent of the universities featured on the THE WUR and 0.5 per cent of the universities in the world, so all of those ranked are truly among an elite group of the most powerful global university brands representing only 21 countries across the globe.

MIPT has been steadily improving its international standing. This is happening thanks both to our high-profile graduates and the research done at the Institute,” says MIPT Rector Nikolay Kudryavtsev. 

Among MIPT alumni are Nobel laureates Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, as well as astrophysicist Rashid Sunyaev, founder of ABBYY David Yang, and other prominent scientists and tech entrepreneurs.  As for the research conducted at MIPT, the reputation gain is primarily associated with the integration of efforts on the part of the Institute, our partner institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and companies in the high-tech industry. These efforts aim to meet the scientific and technological challenges of the digital economy and other priority lines of research and development. Among them is artificial intelligence, one of the most promising technologies of tomorrow. In 2017, MIPT beat the competition to become a national center of competences for AI research under the National Technology Initiative. We conduct joint research in the priority fields of inquiry with our partners from the Russian Academy of Sciences,” adds the school’s rector.

In addition, the Institute is incentivizing talented Russian researchers working abroad to return,” Kudryavtsev explains. “This year, we are creating 15 positions for such researchers. One of the scientists we’ve prompted to return to Russia completed postdoctoral studies at Oxford University. These are the real steps that are being taken to ensure that our reputation grows.”

Vitaliy Bagan, MIPT’s vice rector for fundamental science and development, also comments on the ranking: “Project 5-100 has enabled MIPT to attract highly qualified researchers and professors. Last year, we established 13 new MIPT laboratories, and earlier this year, we launched a competition for the integration of the competences of the leading institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences.”

This competition will see academic labs established jointly with RAS institutes. The formal evaluation phase is almost over, and we are about to announce the nine new laboratories that will be opened. According to the terms of the competition, the labs will be headed by leading scientists of RAS, while young MIPT researchers will be appointed deputy heads. This means that the initiative can both attract high-ranking experts from the academy and involve even more of our students in advanced research,” Bagan notes.

Also, in 2017 we hired 17 high-profile visiting professors from the United States, France, Switzerland, and elsewhere to work at MIPT. In addition to heading research groups, they read lectures in specialized courses on the most advanced areas of scientific inquiry,” says the vice rector.

The THE World Reputation Rankings are compiled from a globally representative survey of more than 10,000 senior academics. The Academic Reputation Survey, available in 15 languages, uses United Nations data as a guide to ensure that the response coverage is as representative of world scholarship as possible. It also is evenly spread across academic disciplines, and was carried out between January 2018 and March 2018.

Link to the full results and analysis at