NSU Strengthens Position in ARWU Subject Ratings

The ShanghaRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (ARWU) has been published annually since 2009.  More than 4,000 universities are ranked in 54 subjects in the natural, engineering, medical, and social sciences. NSU was ranked in eight subjects: “Mining Sciences and Mining”, “Physics”, “Mathematics”, “Instrument Engineering”, “Earth Sciences”, “Chemical Technology”, “Chemistry”, and “Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies”.  Among Russian universities, NSU was second only to Moscow State University in terms of the number of subjects in the AWRU subject ratings. 

For the first time, NSU entered the top 400 subject rating for “Nanoscience and Nanotechnology” (group 301-400). The University maintained its rating in the top 100 for “Mining Sciences and Mining” placing in the 76-100 group.

Alexey Okunev, Vice-Rector for NSU Development talked about this success,

The regular appearance of NSU in the top 100 subject ranking for mining is natural since Novosibirsk’s Akademgorodok has one of the best geological schools in the country. This is based on the quality of work being done at four specialized Academy of Science institutes. This provides a powerful research base that allows our graduates to work in large international companies in Russia and around the world.

In addition, the University improved its performance in the Chemistry ranking rising by 100 places to land in the 301-400 group. This year, NSU also reaffirmed its positions in the Physics ratings in the 101–150 group, the 201-300 group for Mathematics and Instrument Engineering (201–300 group), and 301-400 group for Earth Sciences and Chemical Technology.

Mikhail Fedoruk, NSU Rector and Corresponding Member RAS, discussed the ratings,

It is valuable for us to receive high ARWU rankings since research activity is a prerequisite. It is no coincidence that NSU is represented in the natural sciences since more than 90% of the teachers in these subjects are scientists at the Siberian Branch RAS who are actively working in various fields  of modern science.

The Shanghai Subject Rating evaluates universities using such measures of scientific productivity as the number of publications in the most prestigious journals, the number of citations, international cooperation, collaborations between academic and corporations, researchers with a global scientific reputation, and academic awards. Currently, only four Russian universities are in the ARWU global ranking: Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, Novosibirsk State University, and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.  ARWU is recognized as one of the oldest and most reputable rankings.