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Project 5-100 participants show stellar performance in QS industrial and subject rankings

March 8, 2017

Project 5-100 universities have made breakthroughs in the new rankings by subject published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) — three institutions made it into the world’s Top 50. “Russian higher education provides top-notch domain-specific training as confirmed by the latest QS ranking, where Russian universities have made considerable progress towards leadership and claimed over 140 positions in 38 subjects and broad subject areas. Our institutions have been traditionally strong in Physics and Astronomy, and results of MIPT and NSU confirm that. Moscow State University made it into seven Top 50 Subject rankings. St. Petersburg Mining University has been recognized among world’s Top 15 Engineering universities. We will continue assisting in the development of our universities focusing comprehensively on both the internal needs of Russian regions and the international student community,” said Olga Vasilyeva, Russian Minister for Education and Science.

National University of Science and Technology MISiS broke into the rankings and straight away took No.31 in the Engineering: Mineral & Mining category. Previously MISiS didn’t make it to the visible part of the ranking. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (No.42) and Novosibirsk State University (No.50) lead Project 5-100 participants in the Physics and Astronomy rankings. The Top 100 list also includes National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (in Physics and Astronomy categories as well) and National Research University Higher School of Economics (Economics & Econometrics, Politics and International Studies, and Sociology). Overall, 25 subject rankings featured 15 Project 5-100 participants, or 6 more than last year. They strengthened their presence in various subject categories – HSE is featured now in 13 rankings, NSU in 9, Kazan Federal University in 8. Project 5-100 participants are particularly numerous in the Physics and Astronomy ranking, with a total of 12 universities.

The growth in quality and quantity of Russian universities’ presence in QS subject rankings is partially due to Project 5-100. 59 new nominations of 28 universities, including the debuts of MISiS, ITMO, NES and other institutions in the visible part of the ranking proves the project is beneficial both for its participants and Russian universities in general. It’s great that this growth for many universities is organic, rather than artificial,” notes Zoya Zaitseva, QS Regional Manager for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

KFU (Linguistics), HSE (Accounting and Finance) and NSU (Mathematics, Archeology, Chemical Engineering) made it into the 101-150 band. KFU (Archeology, Communications and Media Studies), MIPT (Mathematics), HSE (Business and Management, Philosophy, Mathematics, Communications and Media Studies, History, and Linguistics) and NSU (Modern Languages, Philosophy) ended up in the 151-200 band.

MISiS, Lobachevsky University, Samara National Research University, I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University and ITMO University (all Project 5-100 participants) have made their debut in the ranking this year.

Besides rankings by subject, QS also announced its World’s University Ranking by Broad Subject Areas that measures institutions’ performance along several axes. Project 5-100 participants were featured in four of these rankings – Arts and Humanities (HSE, No. 299; NSU,No.325; TSU, No.328; KFU, No.356), Engineering & Technology (NSU, No.275; SPbPU, No.292; MIPT, No.322; TPU, No.390; NRNU MEPhI, 501-450 band), Natural Sciences (NSU, No.107; MIPT, No.135; NRNU MEPhI, No.213; SpbPU and TSU, 401-450 band), Social Sciences and Management (HSE, No.155).

Quality of research and education is our main objective, progress in rankings will follow. We focus on finding promising themes that our society will need tomorrow and train talent for them today. This may be the reason for our success,” commented Mikhail Fedoruk, Rector of Novosibirsk State University, on the impressive progress of NSU in QS rankings.

In 2017 QS rankings by subject rated leading global universities in 46 various subjects. Ranking methodology draws on four indicators – academic reputation and employer reputation (based on global surveys of scientists and employers conducted by QS), research citations per paper and H-index (based on Scopus data). This year subject lineup includes four new subjects – Anatomy and Physiology, Hospitality and Leisure Management, Sports-related subjects and Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies.