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THE rankings again place National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI" among world’s top 100 universities by physical sciences

May 22, 2017

National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI" – member of Project 5-100 – finally featured in the Times Higher Education top 100 World University Rankings by subject: physical sciences. In its 2016-2017 report, THE has now ranked MEPhI № 84 worldwide.
 
MEPhI was included in the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings, which highlight the top 100 universities in the world for physical sciences, as a result of THE adjustments. The outputs fr om these measures impacted on MEPhI rankings' placement in this individual subject, in so far as MEPhI remains in this ranking table that heightens its profile.
 
During the bibliometric research phase for the THE World University Rankings 2016-17, conducted by Elsevier, a single physics paper was missed in exceptional circumstances. This paper was a massive file size and the automated upload process rejected it without notification, in a one-off error that has now been corrected. The missing paper is now included in the Scopus data used to calculate the World University Rankings and the THE data team has created an estimate of the impact of this paper’s inclusion. The only institution significantly affected by this change is the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Moscow, which will now take 84th position in the Physical Sciences subject ranking”, described the background Duncan Ross, THE Data and Analytics Director.
 
The 2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ physical sciences table judges world - class universities across all of their core missions – including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
 
THE published World University Rankings by subject in September 2016, and they included three Russian universities, Project 5-100 participants. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) was placed 78 in the rankings by subject: "Physical Sciences", Higher School of Economics was listed in "Business and Economics" subject rakings and ITMO University in "Computer Science" respectively. Apart from these three Project 5-100 participants the only Russian university which featured in these THE subject rakings, was Moscow State University. When adjusted the data and included MEPhI, the number of Russian universities in these rankings has now reached five. 
 
THE World University Rankings by subject highlight the world’s top 100 universities in individual subjects. In 2016, the range of subjects was expanded from 6 to 8. The subject rankings use 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators, covering the full range of a top university’s essential areas of activity, to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are combined into 5 categories, but unlike THE World University Rankings the weights of the indicators vary depending on the subject area taking into consideration the specificity of each subject.
 
In 2016, the rankings methodology has undergone some changes. The number of universities evaluated was increased, the growth mainly occurred at the expense of Asian and Latin American countries, which allowed their universities to showcase and significantly expand their presence in the rankings. Books were examined. THE included publications with over 1000 authors, that ensures that all universities wh ere academics are authors of these papers will receive at least 5 percent of the value of the scientific paper.