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The Times Higher Education publishes the latest in the THE World University Rankings series, covering Physical Sciences

November 27, 2017

The Times Higher Education (THE) today publishes the latest in the THE World University Rankings series, covering Physical Sciences.

Phil Baty, editorial director, global rankings, THE has revealed the results at the press-conference organized in Russia under the auspices of the XXII Seminar-conference of Project 5-100 hosted by MEPhI.

Lyudmila Ogorodova, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Trevor Barratt, Managing Director, TES Global Limited, Nikolay Kudryavtsev, Rector, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Mikhail Strikhanov, Rector, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Nadezhda Polikhina, Acting director, State Autonomous Sociological Research Center, Project Office 5-100, Aleksey Okunev, Vice-rector, Novosibirsk State University, Sergei Zamyatin, Director of information and Analytical Center, National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Dmitry Suhushin, Vice-rector, National Research Tomsk State University, Marat Safiullin, Vice-rector, Kazan Federal University, Ilya Kuftiryov, Director of Rankings Research Center, ITMO University have participated and Duncan Ross, Director of Data and Analytics, THE, at the global live launch of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Physical Sciences, 2018.

Russia performs well with 10 universities in the ranking. Overall 50 countries make the top-500 list, including 32 for the first time due to the expansion of the table. There is increased competition in the table this year.

Russian Academic Excellence Project 5-100 has achieved a strong performance in the table. It dominates the list of Russian institutions in the ranking claiming 8 places.

All universities in the ranking have had to demonstrate excellence across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook so it is a great achievement for Russian universities to make the top 50, 100, 150, 250, 400 and 500. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology tops the Russian leader board climbing 30 places to joint 48th place. It is a new entry in the top 50.

The National Research Nuclear University MEPhI becomes the second Projet 5-100 participant in the top 100 at 89th place.

Four Russian universities make the top 200, two Project 5-100 participants Novosibirsk State University and Tomsk Polytechnic University join the 126-150 band, Lomonosov Moscow State University enters the 101-125 group and  Saint Petersburg State University - 176-200.

The rankings highlight Tomsk State University at the 201-250 band, Kazan Federal University between the the world's top 400 universities, and both Higher School of Economics and ITMO University entering the 4001-500 band.

Phil Baty, editorial director, global rankings, THE says:“It is great news that 10 Russian universities make the THE subject ranking for physical sciences. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology is the country’s stand-out performer; it has risen an impressive 30 places to joint 48th this year, thanks to improvements in its teaching environment, research environment, citation impact and international outlook. This means it has overtaken many prestigious institutions, including the University of British Columbia, University of Melbourne, Pennsylvania State University and the Humboldt University of Berlin. The National Research Nuclear University MEPhI also does well, claiming joint 89th place. There is increased competition in the table this year.

The THE physical sciences subject rankings employ the same rigorous and balanced range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall 2018 World University Rankings, but the methodology has been recalibrated to suit the individual fields.

The ranking, which has been expanded to include 500 universities, highlights the universities that are leading across mathematics, statistics, physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology and environmental sciences subjects