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The Times Higher Education World University Rankings: Russia’s success story

September 26, 2018

The Times Higher Education (THE) today has revealed the results of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The table includes more than 1,250 higher education institutions globally, with 86 countries featured.

Russia increases its presence in this year’s listing – with 35 representatives, up from 27. 18 of them are Project 5-100 participants.

“Several leading members of Project 5-100 have seen significant success against the rigorous metrics in the 2019 THE World University Rankings. MIPT has retained its leading position in the 251-300 group, while the Higher School of Economics has jumped up a band, from 351-450 band and into the world top 350 universities. MEPHi is another Project 5-100 member with a strong success story, raising up a band into the top 400 in the world. RUDN University has made a very big leap into the world top 800, from outside the top 1,000 last year,” said Phil Baty, Editorial Director, Global Rankings, THE.

How some deterrent effects are being leveraged by these universities to deliver innovative education products and services? THE WUR offers clue to Russian universities performance. The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) is among Russian leaders in the table, the university retains its position in the global top 300. The Higher School of Economics (HSE) improved the teaching reputation, research volume, citation impact, industry income and attracted more international students and staff. Another Russian university, the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, made improvements to its teaching, research and international outlook scores. RUDN University has become Russia’s highest riser this year. The university has considerably improved its ranking’s placement and climbed into the 601–800 band from the top 1000 last year. The institution has improvements in its teaching environment, citation impact (research influence) and international outlook scores.

“Overall, there are clear signs that over time, the 5-100 Project is having some good success. But with so many other nations investing in excellence initiatives to support their leading universities, the key to sustained success will be sustained investment, cultural change to support Russia’s research base and to ensure research is properly linked to universities and the university education system, and of course, continued efforts to internationalise universities, strengthening research through international collaboration,” he added.

ETU “LETI” (1001+) has appeared for the first time in this prestigious international league table.

NSU, TSU, TPU and ITMO University are in the global top 600. KFU, NUST “MISiS”, RUDN, SPbPU share the 601-800 bracket. Samara University is featured in 801–1000 band. MSU (199th) is Russia’s leader in the rankings table.

“It’s great to see new entrants from Russia to this year’s table as more institutions embrace international benchmarking – a highly positive sign. The nation has the potential to become a key global player in higher education, and several of its institutions have made significant progress in recent years. However, despite great strides having been taken by the nation’s leading universities since 2012, achieving the country’s ambitious Project 5-100 goal to elevate five institutions into the Top 100 by 2020 will be a daunting challenge, particularly in the face of increasingly intense global competition - and specifically from Asia”, said Phil Baty.

Although Russia has made a progress over the recent years, there is still room for development in the teaching quality, internationalization and research.  

The THE World University Rankings is one of the world’s most authoritative sources of information about higher education. The 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators are used to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons across teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation), international outlook (staff, students and research); citations (research influence); industry income (knowledge transfer).

See the full THE World University Rankings results.