This year NSU rose 13 positions (from 244 to 231 place) in the QS World University Rankings by improving their indicators on “Academic Reputation”, “Faculty/Student Ratio” and “Citations per Faculty”. The University was rated second among Russian universities. The QS Rankings annually assess over 1,500 institutions of higher education throughout the world. According to QS experts, this year the published rankings of the top 1001 world universities includes 25 Russian universities.
NSU Rector Mikhail Fedoruk described the strategy for achieving this result,
The NSU strategy was developed to present Akademgorodok at the international level as one large university, which it certainly is. For the 60 years of its existence, this ecosystem of Novosibirsk research institutes, technopark, and NSU has proven its stability. The most important thing here is the people, not the buildings. Our scientists can discuss the most current issues in their fields and our students are working on real science projects from their first year. You can collaborate with a wide range of institutions such as the one of a kind in Russia Institute of Nuclear Physics that is within walking distance of the University and our affiliated high school.
The foundation for ranking the best universities in the world is a global study of educational achievement indicators in the fields of education and science. The QS World University Rankings was developed in 2004 by Quacquarelli Symonds and is considered one of the most influential global university rankings.
Alexey Okunev, Vice-Rector for NSU Development Programs, described trends on global education,
We see two main components for international competitiveness, relevance and visibility. The 5-100 Program has strengthened this focus for us. Our plan for improving in the scientific sphere was to move gradually from research with an implementation horizon of decades, to producing practical results in a few years in such fields as machine learning, quantum computer science, precise genomic editing, and nuclear medicine. In terms of increasing the visibility of the university and Akademgorodok, during the six years of the Program we have conducted over 200 conferences and more than 3000 students and young scientists presented their results at large, specialized international events. As a result, the reputation of the Novosibirsk scientific center is growing in the world academic community.
Six indicators are used to compile the QS rankings: Academic Reputation (this is the primary criterion), Employer Reputation, Faculty/Student Ratio, Citations per Faculty, International Faculty Ratio, and International Student Ratio.