Novosibirsk State University was among only four Russian universities in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). ARWU, published annually since 2003, identifies and ranks the top universities based on six indicators. They include the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of Highly Cited Researchers and number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index produced by Web of Science Group, and per capita performance. NSU was placed in the 401-500 group along with Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University (SPbU) and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).
Mikhail Fedoruk, NSU Rector and Corresponding Member of RAS, talked about how this was achieved,
The stable success of NSU in this rating is due to the high level of training for science and high-tech business, as well as the quality of research and breadth of the academic fields we focus on. NSU first entered the top 500 range in 2016. We associate this with the effectiveness of changes introduced at the University as part of the 5-100 Program. This included new laboratories, student and teacher academic mobility, and international scientific cooperation. We plan to accelerate our movement in this rating with activities that include participation in the National Science Project.
This year, the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy published the top 1000 universities. These were identified by evaluating 1,800 universities. The first three ARWU places went to Harvard, Stanford, and Cambridge universities.