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THE highlights the universities leading life sciences, physical sciences, psychology, clinical, preclinical and health

November 7, 2018

Times Higher Education (THE) announced the results of the THE World University Rankings by subject, covering life sciences, physical sciences, psychology, clinical, preclinical and health.

Ranking results were released at the THE Research Excellence Summit “Institutional transformation towards world-class research in the natural sciences” which takes place at NUST “MISiS” from 7 to 9 November.

Russia is home to nine universities featured in the THE rankings table for life sciences, six of them are Project 5-100 participants. Five universities, including FEFU, MIPT, NSU, Sechenov University, TSU, have featured in this rankings for the first time this year. The latest table shows that MIPT (201-250 band) has been highly ranked for life sciences, this new entrant has joined the list of the top 250 best universities regarding the research field of life sciences. MSU (126-150 band) comes first among the Russian universities.

26 places in the THE WUR by subject: physical sciences are taken by Russian universities, 16 of them are Project 5-100 participants. Two Project 5-100 institutions are in the global top 100 for physical sciences. Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer at Times Higher Education (THE) said: “Amid increased competition this year with an expanded ranking, many of Russia’s institutions do see a dip in their positions. However, we also see several new entrants from Russia and the nation now has three institutions in the global top 100 for the physical sciences - up from two. The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology retains a top 50 position in the subject, while the National Research Nuclear University – MEPhI – rises to 78th, up from joint 89th, with increases to its teaching, research and international outlook scores, and Lomonosov Moscow State University climbs to joint 96th, with improvements in industry income and international outlook. We see quite a widespread decline in research scores this year for Russia - to improve, its universities should focus on improving depth and quality of research and global research collaboration, in order to improve influence – however this also requires long-term, generous investment.” MSU climbs to 96th this year. The top 200 list includes NSU (151-175 band), top 300 – TSU (201-250 band) and TPU (251-300 band). ITMO University, KFU and SPbPU featured in the top 400, HSE is ranked in the top 500. SPbPU, SibFU, FEFU, NUST “MISiS”, RUDN University, Samara University, UrFU, and Lobachevsky University are the newcomers to this year's rankings.

HSE (151-175 band) has entered the THE WUR by subject: psychology for the first time this year and immediately became one of the top 200 world’s best universities in this field. MSU (101-125 band) dominates psychology country table. One more Russian university in the rankings is Saint Petersburg State University (201-250 band).

KFU, NSU, RUDN and Sechenov University have featured in the clinical, preclinical and health subject rankings for the first time. Although best global universities for clinical and health include MSU (301-400 band).

This year Project 5-100 universities have increased their representation in the THE subject rankings. Phil Baty added: “Research by THE, exploring the data beneath the World University Rankings over time, shows that university members of Russia’s Project 5-100 have a much higher research productivity than for Russia as a whole, and it is growing at a faster rate. In addition, 5-100 member institutions are attracting international faculty and international students at a significantly higher rate than for Russian institutions in general. So there are very positive signs for the future.”

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings tables for life sciences; physical sciences; psychology; and clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects use the same rigorous and balanced range of 13 performance indicators as the overall World University Rankings, but the methodology has been recalibrated to suit the individual fields.