20 Project 5-100 universities featured in the QS University Rankings: EECAOctober 31, 2018
In the latest QS University Rankings: Eastern Europe and Central Asia QS, 24 of the top 100 universities in the EECA region are located in Russia, 16 of them are Project 5-100 participants: NSU (2d), TSU (13th), MIPT (16th), HSE (23rd), MEPhI (26th), TPU (35th), SPbPU (41st), KFU (42nd), UrFU (43rd), NUST MISiS (52nd), ITMO (56th), UNN (65th), RUDN (71st), FEFU (87th), Samara University (98th) and Sechenov University (138th).
Now in its fifth year, the QS University Rankings: Eastern Europe and Central Asia list the 300 top education institutions across 26 countries.
MSU has topped the QS EECA ranking for the second year in a row, followed by NSU – a Project 5-100 university - , in the same order for the second year running. Saint Petersburg State University has gained one place to third.
23 Russian universities have maintained their positions in the top 100 according to the QS EECA rankings. Of these 23 institutions ranked this year in the top 100, 8 have improved their position.
Some of the Project 5-100 universities not only have seen their scores increase, but Russia’s presence in the rankings felt an effect with their number grown from 15 universities in 2014 to 20 this year. Overall, 86 institutions from Russia feature in the top 300, 20 of them are Project 5-100 participants.
While the research impact and research citations scores and results of national universities certainly left room for improvement, there were positive elements in other indicators, pertaining to a key aspect of an institution’s mission such as: faculty/student ratio, proportion of international students, international faculty and staff with PhD, international research network being one of the advantages of these institutions. As Project 5-100 universities have been putting more emphasis on the issues of research breakthroughs, patent filings and research paper citations, and strengthening academic mobility and looking at a university’s capacity to produce new knowledge through research since 2013,
Institutions were ranked across ten different indicators, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, papers per faculty, international research network, Web impact, staff with a PhD, citations per paper, international faculty and international students which had been chosen to represent the priorities and preoccupations of universities in the EECA region, including a brand new one, which measures the diversity and depths of international research collaborations. The ranking uses a methodology adapted from the overall QS World University Rankings, and similar to those used for QS’s other regional rankings.