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Project 5-100 universities feature in QS faculty and subject rankings

February 27, 2019

27th February 2019, QS Quacquarelli Symonds has announced new QS World University Rankings by Subject and QS World University Rankings by Faculty.

Project 5-100 universities have expanded their presence in the faculty rankings, from 11 universities listed 26 times in 2018 to 13 universities ranked 32 times this year.

Project 5-100 universities feature in the four subject groups: Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences & Management.

Two of the Project 5-100 universities have made it to the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Faculty 2019: NSU ranks 69th in Natural Sciences and HSE - 75th in Social Sciences and Management.

Four universities represent Project 5-100 in the top 100 of the faculty rankings: MIPT (Natural Sciences, Engineering & Technology), HSE (Arts & Humanities), MEPhI (Natural Sciences), NSU (Engineering & Technology).

MEPhI and ITMO University have improved their performance, jumping by over 100 positions up in Engineering & Technology. By more than 50 positions have climbed up MIPT (Engineering & Technology), NUST MISiS (Engineering & Technology, Natural Sciences) and HSE (Arts & Humanities).

Two of the Project 5-100 universities have made their first entry into the QS World University Rankings by Faculty: UNN in Natural Sciences and RUND in Arts & Humanities.

According to Zoya Zaitseva, QS Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Asia, Russia has increased its competitiveness in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Project 5-100 participants are ranked 92 times for 25 subjects, which is 1, 5 times more than in 2017-2018.

QS data shows that in 2017’s edition of the rankings, 26 Russian departments ranked in the top-100 for their subject. This number decreased to 22 in 2018, but has risen back to 25 this year.

Project 5-100 has 15 universities in the QS World University Rankings by Subject: HSE (ranked 16 times), NSU (ranked 12 times), KFU (ranked 8 times), TSU (ranked 8 times), TPU (ranked 8 times), MIPT (ranked 7 times), UrFU (ranked 7 times), NUST MISiS (ranked 6 times), ITMO University (ranked 6 times), MEPhI (ranked 4 times), SPbPU (ranked 4 times), RUDN (ranked 2 times), Samara University (ranked 2 times), UNN (ranked once) and Sechenov University (ranked once). Sechenov University is the only university participating in Project 5-100 featuring in Medicine. 13 of Project 5-100 universities are ranked in Physics & Astronomy.

QS use the ‘Citations per Paper’ metric to measure research impact, which calculates the number of times that a department’s research papers are cited by other academics. This year, Russia’s average Citations per Paper score has increased to 57.12/100 – nearly four percentage points higher than in last year’s rankings. This increase is significantly higher than the global average increase.

QS note that a total of 3,443 employers nominated at least one Russian institution in the QS Employer Survey. 1,001 of those employers were not from Russia. A total of 8,044 academics nominated at least one Russian institution in the QS Academic Survey. 4,161 academics were not from Russia.

5 universities participating in Project 5-100 have made it to the top 100 of the QS subject rankings. The best performance was shown by NUST MISiS, listed in the top 50 for Engineering – Mineral & Mining for the third years in a row. NSU, MIPT and MEPhI have ranked in the top 100 for Physics & Astronomy. HSE have been ranking in the top 100 for Politics & International Studies since 2017. This year, HSE has also entered the top 100 for Economics & Econometrics.

Project 5-100 has 8 universities listed in the 101-200 band: KFU (Linguistics), MIPT (Mathematics), NUST MISiS (Material Science), TSU (Modern Languages, Linguistics), HSE (Modern Languages, Philosophy, Mathematics, Business & Management Studies, Linguistics, Accounting & Finance, Law, Communications & Media Studies, Education, History), NSU (Philosophy, Mathematics, Chemistry), RUDN (Modern languages), ITMO University (Computer Science & Information Systems, Art & Design).

The full rankings and methodology can be found at: