13 participants of Project 5-100 make it into QS BRICS 2016 Top-100July 21, 2016
Despite the changes to the QS ranking methodology made last year, 13 Russian universities that participate in Project 5-100 have maintained their joint position among the best 100 universities in BRICS. Stronger results of MEPhI helped it become Russia's fourth university among the top 50.
Among the leading 50 universities are: Novosibirsk State University (No. 20), Tomsk State University (No.43, an improvement over last year), MIPT (No. 48) and MEPhI (No.50, first showing in Top 50). They are followed by Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic (No. 61), Higher School of Economics (No.62, an improvement over last year), Tomsk Polytechnic University (No.64) and Kazan Federal University (No.74). Fastest climber in Top 100 is Lobachevskiy University - it rose from No.86 to No.76. It is followed by Urals Federal University (No.78), NUST MISiS (No.87, an improvement over last year), Far Eastern Federal University improved its rank by 4 (No. 94) and Russian People's Friendship University came out as No.99. In Top-150 are ITMO University (101-110 group), LETI (121-130 group) and Baltic Federal University (131-140 group, an improvement over last year). Also in the ranking have entered Siberian Federal University, South-Ural Federal University and Samara University.
"Project 5-100 participants have maintained their previous year results, which is quite good given the fierce competition. Significant improvement has been shown by Tomsk State University , MEPhI, HSE, MISiS, FEFU and Lobachevsky University. We make every effort to improve the quality of Russian universities and help them shine in rankings," said Alexander Povalko, Deputy Minister of Education and Science.
"It's pleasant to see Russian universities keep their ground or even strengthen their positions despite the significant changes in citation normalization and limitation on institutional co-authorship," noted Zoya Zaitseva, QS Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She also commented on the drop in rankings of some Russian universities: "Don't forget to check who took their positions. Compare the funding of Russian and Chinese universities and the deadlines they have. That's why I believe it is a successful year for Russian universities particularly since they depend so much on STEM research which was normalized the most."
"Three Russian universities have received top grades for International Students, 4 have scored the highest in Faculty Staff with PhD category. Notably, 27 Russian universities scored 80+ points for Faculty-Student Ratio. This shows that quality of learning is prioritized in the Russian education system", Head of QS Intelligence Unit Ben Sowter commented on the strengths of Russian institutions.
QS BRICS has expanded from 200 to 250 positions this year, and 421 universities from these countries were audited, including 97 Russian ones. In terms of the total number of institutions in the ranking, Russia is second only to China. 55 Russian universities are featured in Top 250, with the Lomonosov Moscow State University in the lead (No.7).