Project 5-100 universities among the leaders in QS University RankingsDecember 18, 2014
On 17 December, QS Quacquarelli Symonds, who has been publishing QS World University Rankings for many years now, presented a new global rating in Budapest: Emerging Europe and Central Asia 2014/15 (EECA). This premiere has turned out to be a success for Russia: overall, Russian universities now claim the largest share of the region’s top 100 universities, with 26 entries. Almost all Project 5-100 participants are among this coveted group.
The new rankings cover 30 countries, including former Eastern Bloc countries, Turkey, the CIS and the Baltic nations. Most universities from this region have made it to the top 100. Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, declared that “Eastern European and Central Asian universities are starting to make a greater contribution to international higher education. Today, they are not just competing at a national or regional level, but entering the international arena, stimulating innovation and promoting their strengths like never before. As a result, they are becoming more and more attractive for students. Our goal is to provide the universities with a platform where they will be able to show off their best features, and the students – with a new tool for university comparison”.
The participants in Project 5-100 have managed to make an impression on QS analysts: Novosibirsk State University ranks in second place right after Moscow State University; MIPT is in 17th place, Tomsk State University – in 33rd followed by MEPhI, the Higher School of Economics, and St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University. Tomsk Polytechnic, Kazan Federal University, Ural Federal University, the State Lobachevski State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Far Easter Federal University, “MISiS”, St. Petersburg University ITMO and St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University are also into the top 100.
EECA rankings rely on such criteria as academic reputation and employer reputation, student—faculty ratio, international faculty and student ratio, percentage of staff with PhDs, number of published articles per faculty member, number of citations per published article, and the effectiveness of web resources. According to QS experts, many universities in the region have official websites which are only available in their national language. Project 5-100 universities are making noticeable efforts with regard to this component, trying to make sure that general information, news and announcements on their websites are updated and translated into English (or even into several foreign languages) in a timely fashion.
Such a wide presence of Project 5-100 in a regional ranking is another step towards establishing an international reputation and improving the competitive standing of Russian higher education. “We are expecting to develop cooperation with an even greater number of ambitious universities”, offered Ben Sowter, encouragingly, about QS’s intention to work with education leaders.
We are hoping that in the future our universities’ real achievements will not go unnoticed by the international expert community.