The latest regional university ranking was published by the British research company QS Quacquarelli Symonds. The leaders of the rating are Moscow State University and Novosibirsk State University. This year NSU came close to Moscow University, which got 100 points out of 100 possible and NSU got 96.7 points. This is the smallest gap between the two universities during the three-year publication of the rating. All three years MSU and NSU have maintained their first and second places.
Despite the fact that our absolute position does not change, every year NSU raises its relative indicators. In particular, reputational assessments are growing - for the academic reputation and reputation among employers. In addition, NSU's performance related to publication activity is improving. This is the result of several programs launched at the University as part of the program to improve international competitiveness and aimed at increasing world recognition of our academic staff, expanding the network of international contacts between staff and teachers, increasing the number of major scientific events that are conducted with the participation of the University. As a result, we see changes within the University that give a positive dynamic to the ratings.
MSU and NSU demonstrate good dynamics in many QS ratings. It is enough to recall their results in QS World University Rankings in 2017, where MSU was 95th, and NSU - 250th in the world. In the Eurasian rating, MSU and NSU remained in their previous places, but it is important to remember that the world average values for almost every indicator improved, and accordingly our leaders also improved most of their important indicators. MSU, for example, has improved its indicator of employees with a scientific degree in comparison with the previous year, and NSU has shown better results in the category ‘reputation among employers.
Ranked third is the University of Tartu in Estonia, this year SPSU was in the fourth position. Also in the top 10 of the international rankings were: Charles University (Czech Republic, 5), Warsaw University (Poland, 6), Bosphorus University (Turkey, 7), Czech Technical University (8), Middle East Technical University (Turkey, 9), Kazakh National University named after al-Farabi (10). In total, the published rating includes 300 universities, 97 of them are Russian.
QS ratings are one of the most influential world rankings of universities. The "QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA)" rating was first published in 2014. The authors rate the universities on the basis of nine criteria: a scientific reputation (30%, calculated on the basis of an international survey of academics); reputation among employers (20%, calculated on the basis of an international survey of employers); ratio of faculty to students (15%, data from universities and open sources); share of foreign faculty (2.5%, data from universities and open sources); the share of foreign students (2.5%, data from universities and open sources); Publication activity of PPP (10%, number of published articles per teacher, calculated on the basis of Scopus / Elsevier data); scientific citation of publications (5%, number of citations per article, calculated on the basis of Scopus / Elsevier data); percentage of employees with a degree (5%, data from universities and open sources); the effectiveness of Internet resources (10%, rating data Webometrics).