NSU Strengthens Positions in 2020 QS World University Subject Rankings

The Quacquarelli Symonds International Rating Agency has published the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020. Novosibirsk State University strengthened its position in the Natural, Engineering, and Technical Sciences. NSU also entered the subject rating for Medicine for the first time.

In 2020, Novosibirsk State University was rated in 4 out of 5 QS rating subject areas and 17 individual subjects were included in the rankings. In many of these subjects, NSU strengthened its position this year in both the global educational space and among Russian universities.

QS World University Subject Rankings has been published annually since 2011. It presents the positions of leading world universities in 48 subjects. Evaluation of universities in each subject is based on four criteria: Academic reputation, Employer reputation, Research citations per paper, and H-index that measures the productivity and impact of a research paper.

In 2020, NSU strengthened its position in Engineering and Technical Sciences, taking 193rd place in the world ranking and third place in Russia. In addition, the University returned to the 151–200 category in the archeology world ranking that places them as number two among Russian universities.

For the fifth year in a row, Novosibirsk State University is in the top 100 in the Physics and Astronomy subject ranking and for the third year is in the top 100 (+4 positions for 64th place) in the Natural Sciences. The positive dynamic for Natural Sciences was influenced by the noticeable improvement by Biological Sciences that moved up from the 351-400 group in 2019 to 251-300 this year and by NSU entering into the top 600 subject rating for Medicine for the first time. For several years, Mathematics and Chemistry subject areas have remained stable in the groups 101–150 and 151–200, respectively.

Mikhail Fedoruk, NSU Rector, talked about these results,

The results of the subject ratings this year reflected some of the initiatives taken by us as part of the 5-100 Development Program. For example, the Center for Nonlinear Photonics, established in 2016, and the launching of Master’s in Engineering Programs implemented with major industrial partners. NSU is not a large university, and our Institute of Medicine and Psychology is microscopic in relation to the number of students in comparison to other universities in the country and the world. However, the general strategy of internationalization and the launch of the very successful English-speaking undergraduate General Medicine Program in 2015 has led us to grow consistently in this field.