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Project 5-100 universities in 14 QS rankings by subject

March 23, 2016

Project 5-100 universities are listed in thirteen subject rankings published by the company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). “Overall, Russian universities hold 20 positions in the top 100. For example, NSU and MEPhI (both Project 5-100 universities) have confirmed their leadership in the field of physics. Last year, these universities were also named among the top 100 by another ranking organization - Times Higher Education. More and more Project universities are entering the mainstream of the world’s best in certain disciplines,” declared Alexander Povalko (Deputy Ministry of Education and Science of Russia). This year a record number of nine Project universities are present in the rankings.

The lead was taken by the Higher School of Economics which is represented in eight rankings: Economics and Econometrics (101-150 group), Sociology (101-150), Politics and International Relations (101-150), Philosophy (151-200), Accounting & Finance (151-200), Business and Management (151-200), Mathematics (251-300), and Computer Science (401-500). In 2015, HSE could be found in only four of these rankings.

Yaroslav Kuzminov (HSE Rector) comments: “Since the launch of the Project 5-100 three years ago, its member universities have managed to substantially increase the number of their publications in journals indexed by international bibliometric systems and high-impact journals, which led to better citation results. Accordingly, it took most universities three years to get into global rankings. I would like to note that, thanks to an increase in the number of excellent-quality publications, the awareness of Project 5-100 universities in the global academic community has substantially improved as well, which is evidenced by the scores assigned to our universities for the “academic reputation” indicator”.

The results of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) were substantially improved as well. This school made it into five rankings: Physics and Astronomy (101-150), Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (201-300), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (251-300), Mathematics (251-300), and Computer Science (351-400).

Vitaly Bagan (Head of Strategic Development at MIPT) observed that, “Last year, we were only present in Physics and Math (where this year we have improved our positions) and now we are also in Computer Science and Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering. In Physics we are ranked in the 100-150, making us the only Russian university that is close to the top 100 in Physics in all three key international rankings - QS, Times Higher Education, and ARWU. We are very happy with our achievement, but we believe that we deserve the recognition – this is the result of new labs being created at MIPT together with Project 5-100 and the improvement of our publishing indicators”.

Novosibirsk State University was also listed by QS as being among the best in five respective disciplines: Physics and Astronomy (51-100), Mathematics (101-150), Modern Languages (201-250), Chemistry (251-300), and Computer Science (301-350).

NSU Rector Mikhail Fedoruk adds that “This year, Novosibirsk State has entered the ranks of the best in Physics for the first time. Indeed, NSU’s physics alumni are working everywhere in the world and are quite famous. Two NSU graduates were in the team of scientists who discovered gravitational waves.  But we are no less pleased with our scores in four other rankings, including Modern Languages, where NSU is in the top 200. I’m certain that the resources provided to the university within the framework of Project 5-100 will help us to improve our education and research and make excellent progress in global rankings”.

National Research Nuclear University MEPhI is also in the top 100 in Physics. The university is listed in the top 400 in Math.

Tomsk State University held its position in Modern Languages (251-300). This year, the Siberian university has also managed to improve its score in Physics (251-300). Peter the Great St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University has entered the ranks of the best in Electric and Electronic Engineering (201-250) for the first time; in Physics it is among the 251-300, and in Computer Science – in 401-500.

Kazan Federal University, Ural Federal University, and Tomsk Polytechnic University are newcomers to QS rankings by subject this year. KFU has ranked quite highly in Linguistics (151-200) and is among the top 400 in Physics and Math. UrfU is among the 251-300 in Math, while TPU is in 301-400 for Physics. Russian schools have been the most successful in the Physics and Astronomy ranking this year: for the first time in history, Russia is represented by 10 universities. Beside Project 5-100 universities, this ranking also features Lomonosov Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State, and Bauman Moscow State University of Science and Technology.

In 2016, QS added six subjects to the list, with new rankings for Anthropology, Archaeology, Mining Engineering, Nursing, Performing Arts and Social Policy. QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 features a record-breaking 42 subject tables – making it the largest ever release of its kind. Lomonosov Moscow State University is a leader among Russian universities – it now appears in more than half of all QS rankings by subject.