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21 Project 5-100 universities featured in the QS World University Rankings BRICS

October 16, 2018

24 Russian universities are presented in the top 100 of the rankings, 15 of them are Project 5-100 participants.

Quacquarelli Symonds has listed 400 best universities of the BRICS countries. Russia has increased its representation in the QS World University Rankings BRICS from 68 universities in 2017 to 101 university this year.

This year's ranking features all of the Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 universities.

NSU (12th) is the leader among the Project 5-100 universities, while TSU (19th) takes second place, and MIPT (21th) has come third.

Twelve other Project 5-100 universities have been featured in the top 100 of the QS WUR BRICS: MEPhI (30th), HSE (37th), TPU (39th), NUST “MISiS” (54th), SPbPU (56th), UrFU (58th), KFU (60th), ITMO University (64th), Lobachevsky University (69th), RUDN University (76th), Samara University (86th) and FEFU (87th).

Leading universities represented in the top 200 include SUSU (112th), ETU “LETI” (113th), IKBFU (160th), and SIBFU (169th).

Project 5-100 has two universities ranked for the first time: Sechenov University (115th) and Tuymen University (301-350 band).

Most of the Project 5-100 participants have improved their positions in this year's rankings. SUSU has experienced a growth and climbed twenty-six places up to joint 112. Six more universities have moved up compared to the last year: ITMO University (+11 positions), TPU (+10 positions), MEPhI, NUST “MISiS”, TSU and Samara University (+7 positions).

MSU (6th) and SPbSU (11th) are Russia’s leaders in the rankings table.

According to the QS World University Rankings BRICS, Russian universities are among the best of the BRICS for their capacity to offer students small class sizes. Seven of the top ten scores for Faculty/Student Ratio are achieved by Russian institutions. QS also pointed out that employers across the world offer positive feedback about the quality of Russian graduates, relative to those of their BRICS competitors: 13 of the top 50 scores for QS’s Employer Reputation indicator are achieved by Russian universities, with Lomonosov Moscow State University achieving a score of 100/100 for Employer Reputation.

Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said: “This ranking is designed to allow universities, students, and policymakers in the highly-ambitious, fast-developing BRICS locations to benchmark themselves against peers and competitors in similar contexts. We find that Russian universities have committed to offering their students a more intimate educational experience than those of universities in China and India, which is, in turn, indicative of the lower populational pressures in Russia. The challenge for Russian institutions is improving their research profile without sacrificing their capacity to prioritize teaching.”

Based on eight key performance indicators, the QS World University Rankings BRICS tracks the performance of leading universities in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

See full QS World University Rankings BRICS results.