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Russia increases its presence in Times Higher Education's Engineering & Technology and Computer Science Subject rankings

October 18, 2017

The Times Higher Education (THE) today publishes a THE World University Rankings series, covering two subjects: Engineering & Technology and Computer Science.

The THE World University Rankings 2018 by Subject highlights five Russian universities in the world’s top 300 universities for Computer Science. Three Russia’s leading universities - Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, ITMO University, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI - featured in the rankings’ table are Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 participants.

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and National Research Nuclear University MEPhI have joined the Times Higher Education subject table for the first time. It is also the first time Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has taken 67th place in the global league table in this subject area. The second Russian institution featured so highly in this year’s rankings is ITMO University. This university also makes the top 100 (76th). MEPhI features in the top 250 (201-250 band).

The 2018 subject ranking for engineering and technology features 500 universities across 50 different countries. Russia has seen an increase in the number of its universities listed in in this year’s rankings. Meanwhile, although nine out of ten ranked Russian universities are Project 5-100 participants but there were none in in 2016.

Today data from the THE World University Rankings by Subject reveal 1 university: Tomsk Polytechnic University (151–175 band) - in the top 200, 2 universities : Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Tomsk State University (both listed in the 251-300 band) ranked in the top 300, ITMO University featured in the top 400, and 5 universities : National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, National University of Science and Technology (MISiS), Novosibirsk State University, Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University and Samara national Research University - in the top 401-500 band.

Lomonosov Moscow State University is the top Russian university for both engineering & technology (126-150 band) and computer science (60th).

All universities in the rankings have had to demonstrate excellence across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook so it is a great achievement to make the top 500 and the top 300, with all top ranked institutions excelling across 13 performance metrics. 

Phil Baty, editorial director, global rankings, THE commented: “It is great news that Russia has increased its representation in the THE rankings tables for engineering and technology and computer science subjects. Ten Russian universities now make the THE engineering and technology ranking this year, including nine for the first time. And five Russian institutions make the computer science table. This is a fantastic achievement and proves that Russian universities are truly on the world stage when it comes to their education and research in engineering and technology and computer science.

Given these developments at a time when higher education is increasingly becoming a global issue, the results achieved by the universities - Project 5-100 participants - show that the comprehensive approach made to the development of Russia’s universities within the framework of Project 5-100 ensures Russia has a greater representation in the world universities rankings, including subject-specific rankings of global universities, and this country leading universities are improving their competiveness, and thus also positioning in the rankings.

The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ tables for computer science, engineering and technology employ the same rigorous and balanced range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings, but the methodology has been recalibrated to suit the individual fields.