Times Higher Education Ranks Three Russian Universities among the Best in the World for PhysicsNovember 19, 2015
According to the latest Physics Ranking released by Times Higher Education (THE), National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, a member of Project 5-100, is the highest-ranking Russian university in the top 100 – in 36th place. Lomonosov Moscow State University is in 59th place, Novosibirsk State University – another member of the Project – is 86th.
According to Alexander Povalko (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russia): “The fact that MEPhI was able to become the strongest Russian university in the physics ranking and to improve its results compared to last year by almost 60 positions is a significant achievement. It is worth mentioning that this university managed to beat strong competitors from Asia – the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong University and Tsinghua University. MEPhI is now listed in the TOP 100 of both THE and QS Physics Rankings. Novosibirsk State University demonstrates stable results – for two years in a row it has reached the TOP 100 of THE Physics Ranking. By-subject rankings are very important, especially among prospective students in search of the right place to study and for whom the most vital decision involves their choice of academic subject. Now that Project 5-100 universities are listed in THE Physics Ranking, we will be able to attract talented students from all over the world.” Povalko added that “Our project, in contrast to other similar initiatives, is built on the principle of focusing all efforts on the areas which are really important to us and where we have potential for improvement – for this reason the success of our universities in by-subject rankings is of special significance”.
Speaking about the success of NRNU MEPhI in the rankings, Mikhail Strikhanov (MEPhI Rector) emphasized the positive influence of Project 5-100: “The Russian Academic Excellence Project plays a very important role in the development of our university. In many ways, thanks to the Project, MEPhI has become a forum for numerous international science conferences, symposiums, workshops, and schools. The academic mobility of our faculty and our research both in fundamental sciences and in applicable sciences have greatly improved”. Strikhanov reminded us that MEPhI is part of many international science collaborations - CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid), HADES (High Acceptance Di-Electron Spectrometer), PANDA (Antiproton Annihilation at Darmstadt), CBM (Compressed Baryonic Matter) and others. The Rector went on to say that “We are doing a lot to improve the quality of our students’ education by implementing modern education technologies and applying higher standards and requirements to our teachers, for example in the area of publishing. We are developing our English-language environment thanks to the multi-level system of training for English teachers created within the framework of the Project. The number of foreign students and teachers at our university has increased noticeably – all of this speaks to the fact that MEPhI can, indeed, compete with the best in the world. It is not a surprise that these changes are reflected in our standing in international rankings.”
Mikhail Fedoruk (Rector of Novosibirsk State University) said that “Novosibirsk State uses the tools provided by Project 5-100 to develop interesting directions in physics and supports the participation of its teaching staff in international collaboration and mega science projects. In 2014, NSU joined CMS, which is working on the large hadron collider. The development of international collaboration gives both undergraduates and postgraduates a unique opportunity to participate in incredible international experiments while studying at the university”. According to Fedoruk, NSU’s physics and engineering students gain a lot from the support of the university’s key partners – various institutes of the Siberian Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the companies based in the Technopark of the Academic Town, and also in part thanks to the launch of English-language programs within master’s and doctor’s degree programs.
This rating, like other THE by-subject rankings, ranks the world’s 100 best universities in a specific field of knowledge. The same 13 indicators grouped in 5 key groups are used in the global university ranking and in by-subject ratings: “Teaching” (learning environment), “Research” (volume, income and reputation), “Citation” (impact of research), “International cooperation” (employees, students and researchers) and “Industry Income” (knowledge transfer).
The methodology takes into account the specific nature of various subject fields: in those areas of study where a large number of publications and citations is traditionally high (physics and life sciences, as well as medicine), the weighting of the indicator “Citation” (impact of research) has been increased from 30% to 35%.