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Russian universities record best-ever performance in latest BRICS ranking

November 22, 2017

QS Quacquarelli Symonds has announced the world’s 300 leading universities of the five fast-developing BRICS countries. Russia has 68 universities included in the published tables.

Russia’s universities have recorded ten top-fifty positions in the 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings: BRICS.

This constitutes their best-ever performance in this ranking, which is designed to compare university performance in five rapidly-developing higher education nations, says QS.

The ranking also highlights 25 universities from Russia in the top 100 universities. There were 19 institutions in the last year edition of the ranking.

15 of the 25 Russian leading universities in the top 100 are Project 5-100 participants now. In total, 19 of the 300 universities placing in this table are leading universities representing Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100.

Novosibirsk State University has jumped from joint 20th to 11th. There are two Russian entrants into the top fifty. National Research University – Higher School of Economics (HSE) leaps from 62nd to 39th, and Tomsk Polytechnic University rises from 64th to 49th .

Tomsk State University improves its position from 43d to 26th. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology also improves its scores in this year’s ranking, rising from 47th to 28th. Moscow Engineering Physics Institute places 35th. Tomsk Polytechnic University and National Research University Higher School of Economics are also in the top-50 of universities in the QS World University Rankings: BRICS for the first time. The ranking showcases Samara University moving up from 151-200 band to 93d position

This is a level of improvement unparalleled by any other nation in this ranking, indicating that Russian universities are making speedier strides forward than their BRICS competitors are, notes QS.

In addition to these universities, the QS BRICS University Rankings 2018 includes the following Poject 5-100 universities: Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (55 place), Kazan Federal University (59 position), National University of Science and Technology «MISiS» (61 position), Ural federal university (63 position), Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (72 position), ITMO University (75 position), Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (78 position), Far Eastern Federal University (86 position), Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University (106 position), South Ural State University (138 position), Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (151-160 band) and Siberian Federal University (171-180 band).

Russia’s leading university, Lomonosov Moscow State University, places fifth. Saint-Petersburg State University improves from joint 20th to 13th.

Based on eight key performance indicators, the ranking tracks the performance of leading universities in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.