15 Project 5-100 universities make the top 100 of the QS EECA University Rankings 2018October 17, 2017
QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, have released the 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia.
Now ranking over 250 universities, the QS EECA University Rankings 2018 highlights the best universities in the region. The EECA ranking doesn’t see a new university take top spot, and there’s no movement in second place either which continues to be held by Novosibirsk State University.
The latest table suggests that Russia’s standing in the rankings is strengthening. 74 Russian universities appeared in the league table (there were 64 institutions in 2016 and 47 - in 2015). Of the 74 universities from Russia included in this year’s ranking, 20 are Project 5-100.
Russia is home to the top two institutions. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) leads the way at the top of the rankings, followed by Novosibirsk State University (2nd) once again. Novosibirsk State University - Project 5-100 participant - comes close to matching the performance of MSU. This year, Novosibirsk’s overall score (96.7/100) is closer to MSU’s (100/100) than last year.
Tomsk State University has enjoyed two consecutive years of improvements in the overall QS World University Rankings. It also improves its position in this year’s EECA Ranking, rising from 20th to 11th. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology State University has moved up to 13th this year, having ranked 17th last time.
The ones mentioned above are among Project 5-100 universities, headline-makers in this year’s ranking. They have either held firm or made impressive gains on their competition, as 12 universities have moved up in the rankings table.
Project 5-100 has three universities in the regional top 15 for the first time, its nine participants make the top 50, including National Research Nuclear University "MEPHI" (23th), Higher School of Economics (25th), Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (36th), Tomsk Polytechnic University (40th), Kazan Federal University (46th) and Ural Federal University (48). There are 15 universities featured in the top 100. Furthermore, none have fallen down the ranking since last year while retaining places in the top 100.
This year’s rankings were compiled by assessing universities on eight different indicators, including the university’s online presence and the proportion of academic staff members qualified to a PhD level.
QS use a unique methodology to calculate this ranking. The methodology is designed to account for the specific challenges facing the region’s universities, and features 9 indicators. These indicators are: Academic Reputation – 30%; Employer Reputation – 20%; Faculty/Student Ratio 15%; Papers per Faculty – 10%; Citations per Paper – 5%; International Faculty Ratio – 2.5%; Staff with PhD – 5%; International Student Ratio – 2,5%;Web Impact – 10%.