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Project 5-100 participants take the lead among Russian universities in THE ranking

September 22, 2016

Universities participating in Project 5-100 have significantly improved their standing in the global ranking published by Times Higher Education. In this highly authoritative ranking Russia has 24 universities, 16 of which are participants of Project 5-100. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has shown the best result among Project 5-100 institutions, as it improved its position by 200 ranks and reached the 301-350 band. Of all Russian universities, only Lomonosov Moscow State, at No.188, came out stronger than MIPT. A total of 7 Project 5-100 universities entered THE ranking for the first time ever: ITMO University entered the 351-400 group, while Higher School of Economics, Kazan Federal University, MEPhI and Novosibirsk State University made it to the 401-500 band.

Eleven Russian universities got featured in the ranking for the first time ever, and this shows the progress we are making in integrating our institutions in the global education environment. Notably, all Russian entrants that took places after MSU from 2 to 7 are Project 5-100 participants – this is an all-time record for the Project”,, commented Alexander Povalko, Russian Deputy Minister of Education and Science, on the representation of Russia in THE ranking.

Tomsk Polytechnic University and Tomsk State University jumped 100 positions and made it to the 501-600 group. Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University was featured in the 601-800 group, while MISiS and Ural Federal University again made it to the 801+ group along with such newcomers to the rating as Lobachevsky University, People’s Friendship University of Russia, Samara National Research University, Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University and Siberian Federal University.

It’s a pleasure to see the debuts of ITMO and Higher School of Economics at 351-400 and 401-500 levels, respectively. This is partially due to the fact that Russia has more than ever recognized the importance of global ratings,” said Phil Baty, Editor-in-Chief of Times Higher Education. However, he noted that Russian universities needed further strengthening since global competition is getting fiercer, and European institutions are yielding their positions under the onset of new leading Asian universities keen on making it to the world’s elite. Authors of the ranking underline that the 980 ranked institutions represent a mere 5% of universities in the world, and that is why they congratulated all the featured institutions.

THE ranking methodology is based on 13 comprehensive performance indicators clustered in 5 groups: teaching environment, research (amount, income and reputation), citations, international collaboration (faculty, students and research), and industry income (knowledge transfer). Academic reputation, gauged by peer polls, plays an important role in the ranking.

Ranking methodology this year underwent significant changes. For the first time ever, books featured in Scopus were included in the publication analysis database in order to ensure a more objective coverage of humanities research, according to the rating authors. There is also a change in accounting for publications that have more than 1000 authors – now universities will get at least 5% per every affiliated author. THE team made an effort to collect information about universities in various regions, particularly Asia and Latin America, and this enabled some countries to expand their presence in the rating. All these changes resulted in substantial refreshment of the ranking.

MIPT Rector Nikolay Kudryavtsev states that his Institute’s stable growth in all ratings stems from its systematic development. “MIPT’s growth both in subject and overall ratings is a confirmation of significant change. Last year MIPT was for the first time featured in the THE overall ranking based on averaged scores for five disciplines: natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, social sciences and humanities. As a technical university, we do not score high on the latter two. Naturally, it’s our very high results in fundamental sciences that ultimately give us a robust average score”.

We plan to stick to the current strategy, i.e. develop our research and education activities in close collaboration with industrial partners, publish more articles in high impact magazines, diversify research and leverage our science to address social issues. After all, universities focusing on rankings need to remember that their ultimate objective is to add value to the society and economy of the country,” commented ITMO University Rector Vladimir Vasilyev.

Our performance has been recognized by the international academic community as seen in our scores for “teaching reputation” and “research reputation”. We also have a good internationalization score, and the share of foreign students and faculty keeps growing”, stressed HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov.