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Russia home to one of world’s top 50 young universities, Project 5-100 participant

July 12, 2017

Higher School of Economics (HSE), Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 participant, has broken into the top 50 this year. It is the world’s 48th-highest-ranked young university.

The QS Top 50 Under 50 has highlighted the world’s top universities under 50 years old, based on the latest QS World University Rankings.

Higher School of Economics has become the only university representing Russia in the QS Top 50 Under 50. In the past two years, HSE - Project 5-100 participant and one of this country leading research universities - has made significant progress showing major improvements in its placements: HSE featured in the group 81-90 in 2015, and then it was listed at 51-60 position in 2016 and has been successfully ranked at the 48th place now. It should also be noted that none of Russian universities was included in this ranking until 2015. 

Zoya Zaitseva, Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at QS, said: “HSE is one of the most ambitious Russian universities and clearly their progress in QS World University Rankings, as well as in other ranking tables proves they are on the right track.”

HSE’s high placement in this ranking is a testament to the growing renown of this young, dynamic, research focused, and ambitious university. This university is particularly strong among its young peers at providing teaching and research environments and working closely with industry. It continues to bring excellence into the increasingly sharp edged world higher education competitive environment, especially given increased competition with Asia-Pacific universities.

HSE has also broke into the top100 THE Young University Rankings, which list the world’s best universities that are aged 50 years or under, in 2017, thus it has become the only university representing Russia of the past six years of these rankings.

The upper echelon of universities featured the list is dominated by STEM-focused research-intensive institutions, who make up six of the top 10. The six leading universities are found in either Singapore, Hong Kong, or South Korea, which are rapidly rising up the table. The table also shows that Australia is the most-represented nation, with nine of the world’s top 50 young universities, which is followed by Spain with six institutions.

QS Top 50 Under 50 ranking makes it possible to highlight relatively young but strong and vibrant universities capable in the near future to challenge world’s leading scientific and education institutions, which have a long rich history with a heritage of learning and missions and transform into the leading players at the global higher education services market. The ranking of young universities also gives an opportunity to see global trends in the educational sphere more clearly.

The Top 50 Under 50 is based on the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings, published since 2014. The table uses the same indicators as the flagship QS World University Rankings that assesses universities’ performance across six indicators: academic reputation, employers’ reputation, research citations per faculty member, faculty/student ration, proportion of international students, and proportion of international faculty members.