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Russia improves its positions in latest global university rankings

June 6, 2018

Quacquarelli Symonds revealed the QS World University Rankings. The list ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy.

Russia is now home to more top-300, top-400 and top-500 universities. This year Russia has 27 universities in the rankings, 17 of them are Russian Academic Excellence Project (Project 5-100) participants.

Russian universities have recorded consistent improvements in the latest edition of one of the world’s most-consulted international university rankings, offering a testament to the growing global competitiveness of the nation’s higher education system.”– said QS.

The fifteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings, released by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, sees 70% of Russia’s 27 ranked universities improve their position. Of Russia’s 27 ranked universities, 19 made improvements in this year’s list. 3 are newly-ranked, and 4 remain stable within their band or in their position.

MSU (90th) has come top of the QS World University Rankings among Russian universities. This university rises from 95th to 90th. Saint-Petersburg State University (235th) was ranked second in Russia, and Novosibirsk State University (244th), Project 5-100 participant, took the 3d place. Another Project 5-100 university, Tomsk State University (TSU), rose into the top 300 on the annual list. Thus, a ranked list of the top 300 also includes two Russian universities: TSU (277th) (Tomsk) and BMSTU (299th) (Moscow).

Furthermore, most of Russian universities featured in the rankings show the highest ranks held by any of them in the rank since QS started compiling the rankings alone.

Russia’s 17 flagship universities from Russian Academic Excellence Project have made significant gains. Top 400 of the world’s best universities includes MIPT (312th) (Moscow), MEPHI (329th) (Moscow), HSE (343rd) (Moscow), TPU (373rd) (Tomsk). SPbPU (404th) (Saint-Petersburg), UrFU (412th) (Yekaterinburg), KFU (439th) (Kazan). RUDN University (266th), NUST MISiS (476th) feature in the top 500 universities.

Lobachevsky University (Nizhny Novgorod) and Samara University have even managed to climb more than 100 places. FEFU (Vladivostok), RUDN University (Moscow), ITMO University (Saint-Petersburg), UrFU are among one of the most fastest-rising Russian universities too, they have made particularly impressive gains over the last years, jumping an average of 50 places in this year’s ranking. MIPT, TSU, MEPHI have made also a rapid ascent, these universities have improved their positions by more than 40 places.

SIBFU and SUSU have appeared for the first time in this prestigious international league table.

Before only two Russian universities – Lomonosov Moscow State University and Saint Petersburg State University – were well-known globally. Now, thanks to the Project 5-100, this list is expanded significantly. And this is an objective fact which is also confirmed by results of the QS World University Rankings.

This year’s results of Russian universities show that employer reputation, international student, faculty/student ratio, and big breakthroughs can drive universities way up the list. According to the findings, consistency is key, with truly innovative education institutions putting out groundbreaking work, continuous improvement in education as priority objective in educational management, and in managerial practices year after year.

See QS full World University Rankings results.