The Number of Russian Universities in THE Rankings Increases Almost SevenfoldOctober 2, 2015
13 Russian universities have appeared in the list of the world’s best universities, according to the British Times Higher Education (THE). Nine of them represent Project-5-100: Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (201-250 group), Tomsk Polytechnic, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (both in the 251-300 group), Kazan Federal University (301-350), Novosibirsk State University (401-500), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (501-600), National Research University of Science and Technology MISiS, Tomsk State, and Ural Federal University (all in the 601-800 group).
According to Alexander Povalko (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation): “Thirteen Russian univeristies appear in the most recent Times Higher Education Ranking, which is seven times more than last year. Last year, only two universiteis were listed in the Ranking. This is probably the quickest progress among all the countries whose universities are ranked. At the same time, eight of the thirteen universities mentioned are listed in the top 600. These most incredible results (which reveal the speed of their gowth) have been demonstrated by the following universities in particular: St. Petersburg Polytehcnic, TPU and KFU. Of course, the fact that they have reached the 201-250 group in the first year speaks speaks to their high potential. At the same time, we understand that all of these universities are members of Project 5-100, and we are aware of the fact that this is only the beginning of their international positioning. We realize that this result has been achieved thanks to things which can be done quickly. But the universities systemically invest into the development of their resarch bases, consistenly strive to attract people, and, as a result, this initial rise the in rankings is the product of tireless efforts of the administration, scientists and students of hte university. We have excellent possibilities to improve our position next year”, Povalko emphasized.
Andrei Rudskoy (Rector of SPbPU) commented on the breakthrough of his university: “This result in the Times Higher Education Ranking is not a total surprise for us; however, I cannot say that we expected such a high position in the ranking. This is a result of the dedicated efforts which we have been making over the last few years”. Rudskoy added: “Our cooperation with the industry significantly affects our university. We have expanded the list of our strategic industrial partners. Some of our success has been the result of the work of our Engineering Center, which has been recognized to be the best in Russia. It has invented new materials which are widely applied in the industry: shipbuilding, aircraft building, transport systems and aviation”.
Peter Chubik (TPU Rector) believes that the success of his university is the result of a whole series of systemic solutions: “First of all, the implementation of an effective contract, not just for the faculty, but for senior management as well. This has enabled us to involve most of our staff in the realization of TSU’s strategic goals. Another important fact for the university’s development is our orientation with regard to large projects with major corporations, such powerful industrial partners. I offer as example Gazprom, RosAtom and RosKosmos”. Chubik expressed gratitude that, thanks to the Project, the university has been able to raise a significant amount of non-budgetary investment.
Ilshat Gafurov (Head of KFU) called the rise of his university in the ranking “a result of work started in 2010 within the framework of the university’s Development Program, which provided for more than 7.4 billion rubles in investments into educational infrastructure and the creation of 415 research and study labs furnished with cutting-edge equipment”. Gafurov added: “the Academic Excellence Program of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation has complemented our development strategy and added important motivation to growth through quality expansion and stimulation of internationalization processes”.
Oleg Nagornov (Senior Provost at MEPhI) noted the role of Project 5-100: “I’m happy to see that Project 5-100 universities have significantly contributed to this success. This is an important achievement for Russian education and science. Our university has made huge progress, and we hope that these results will be enhanced in the future with the help of Project 5-100”.
Nikolai Kudriavtsev (Head of MIPT) said that in view of his university’s narrow specialization it was difficult to achieve an institutional ranking. In terms of its strategy, MIPT draws inspiration from the success of the French École Polytechnique and aims not only at getting into the top 100 but into the top 25 of the Physics Ranking according to THE. Kudriavtsev emphasised the fact that his university’s participation in Project 5-100 has contributed significantly to the internationalization of the university.
Victor Koksharov (Rector of the Ural Federal University) told about the recipes for success of his university: “Because of an increased citation rate, the influence of UrFU researchers has increased by 39%. At the same time, self-citation (references to colleagues in the same university) has significantly decreased, which is the result of an increase in the number of research projects with the world’s leading education and research centers”.
Speaking of the success of Russian higher eduation, the Chief Editor of THE Ranking Phil Baty noted, that in the past few years Russian has witnessed a great effort to develop its system of higher education, including the launch of Project 5-100. Accordin to Baty, it is obvious that national universities have already benefited from this program, but Russia will continue needing to move forward in order to be capable of competing with global players -- China, for example, which invests a massive amount in higher education.
The main indicators considered by THE are the following: educational process, research work, citations, international activities, and industry income.
Lomonosov Moscow State University has the best result of all Russian universities – it has risen to 161th place this year. The new edition of the ranking includes 800 universities from 70 countries.