Record Number of Russian Universities in THE BRICS & Emerging Economies RankingsDecember 4, 2015
Fifteen Russian universities are listed in THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings released recently by Times Higher Education. Among this number were no less than ten (10) which represented the Russian Academic Excellence Project: Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (18th place), Tomsk Polytechnic University (20th), National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (26th), Kazan Federal University (31st), Novosibirsk State university (34th), Tomsk State University (84th), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (93rd), National Research University of Science and Technology MISiS (99th), Ural Federal University (165th), and Lobachevski University (193rd).
Alexander Povalko (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russia) commented on the results of the Ranking: “Just two years ago, only Moscow State and St. Petersburg State were in THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings. Now we are seeing an increasing number of Russian universities in the rating – most of them for the first time. We hope that they are not only going to become permanent fixtures in the ranking, but even improve their positions in the future. I would like especially to call attention to St. Petersburg Polytechnic and Tomsk Polytechnic, for whom 2015 has been an exceptionally successful year – both universities have demonstrated outstanding results in both THE and THE BRICS rankings. It is clear that competition within the Russian Academic Excellence Project is motivating the universities to move faster”.
Phil Baty (Chief Editor of Times Higher Education) said that “Russia has made huge efforts to improve its higher education system in recent years, including the launch of its project 5-100 initiative. It seems the nation’s universities are already reaping the rewards of the scheme”.
Andrei Rudskoy (Rector of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, which is the second best Russian university in the ranking) believes that “a success in rankings is determined by the steady and well-planned work that we have been conducting at St. Petersburg Polytech, which could not be done without the help of the government – I’m talking about the Russian Academic Excellence Project. We have been able to provide our Russian and international teachers with comfortable working conditions and to create a unique academic environment capable of training world-class scientists. Without question, the implementation of the Project has resulted in a positive dynamic for the universities in the BRICS ranking”.
TPU Rector Peter Chubik said that “one of the key indicators of THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings has to do with “industrial ties”. Today our university is one of the leaders in conducting research projects with such major industrial partners as Gazprom, Rosatom, Roskosmos, and others. We are training highly qualified personnel for our partners and developing cutting edge technologies”.
Ilshat Gafurov (Rector of Kazan Federal University) added that “one must keep in mind that the methodology of THE BRICS & EER, is based on more or less the same parameters as THE, but has a number of important differences such as the fact that the weight of the indicators for innovation, internationalization, and income from business is greater. KFU’s indicators for all of these parameters have doubled over the past four years and the number of international students and faculty members has likewise climbed – these indicators have tripled, which obviously have driven KFU’s performance in the rating in a positive way”.
Eduard Galazhinsky, TSU Rector offered the following comment: “The number of countries represented in the ranking has increased this year and thus competition has become a lot more aggressive. In this context, TSU’s achievement of getting into the top 100 is especially impressive”. Galazhinsky went on to add that: “This is not the first rating in which we have managed to improve our position which proves to me that our development and improvement is now consistent. We believe that our university has chosen the right path and is confidently moving forward. TSU is gaining more and more recognition in the world and expanding its international collaboration projects. Now it can be considered a world-class university”.
NUST MISiS is listed in the ranking for the first time. Alevtina Chernikova, MISiS Rector, comments: “This is a very good result, especially if you consider the ever-growing competition among universities. This is the fifth international ranking to have listed our university among the best in the time that we have participated in the Russian Academic Excellence Project. NUST MISiS is showing better and better results in all international rankings, which is evidence of the fact that we have chosen our strategy correctly. Our university is not alone in its success; the integration of Russian schools into the international education environment is happening quickly thanks to the Project”.
Victor Koksharov (Ural Federal University Rector) agrees with his fellow rector and believes that UrFU owes much of its success to the Russian Academic Excellence Project. “One of the key features of this rating is that it assigns considerable weights to indicators which show a university’s ties to the industry and the level of that university’s internationalization. We have been focusing on these very aspects in our institution for the past few years and, it turns out that our development programs have borne fruit.”
According to Evgeniy Chuprunov (Rector of Lobachevski University), “The fact that Lobachevski University has managed to hold onto its position amid tough competition in the global education market and has made it into the TOP 200 of the best BRICS and Emerging Economies Rankings this year, speaks to the fact that our university offers world-class science programs and a thorough education. We will continue improving”. Chuprunov added that the Russian Academic Excellence Project creates excellent conditions for students, postgraduates and faculty members insofar as it provides them with unique opportunities to realize their innovative potential.
The best result among Russian universities belongs to Lomonosov Moscow State University which managed to rise from 5th place and get into the TOP 3 this year. “It is great news that Russia has 15 institutions in this list, with seven of these sitting within the top 50, up from three last year”, said Phil Baty. The number of Russian universities in the top 100 of the rating has also grown significantly – from seven to eleven. To remind the reader, in 2013 only two Russian universities got into THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings, in 2014 – seven.
THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings has been published for the third time. It rates universities from 48 countries including the BRICS countries, Baltic countries, Mexico, Taiwan, Poland, the Czech Republic, UAE and others. In the 2015 ranking 200 universities from 35 countries are listed. For the third year in a row first place is occupied by the University of Beijing.