The Ministry of Education and Science informed that Russia extended its presence in the World University Rankings 2016-2017 (WUR) of “Times Higher Education” British magazine (THE) – from 13 universities in 2015 up to 24 universities this year.
This year 980 universities were included in the rankings: this is 180 universities more in comparison to the previous year.
THE rankings are based on five basic performance indicators: teaching, research, citations, international outlook (it depends on a number of foreign students) and the innovation element in the activity of universities.
The Lomonosov Moscow State University is still the only Russian university listed in the top 200 rankings though this year its position is lower than last year – 188 position versus 161 position in 2015.
The Higher School of Economics and ITMO University were included into the rankings for the first time in the groups of 401-500 and 351-400 correspondingly. The Lobachevsky University of Nizhny Novgorod, the RUDN University, the Samara National Research University named after S. Korolev, the I.M.Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University and the Siberian Federal University were also included into the rankings for the first time. They were listed in the “beginner’s” group 801+.
As a result, the presence of Russia in the rankings grew from 13 universities last year up to 24 universities today.
This year University of Oxford (United Kingdom) was listed at the top of THE rankings; the second position was taken by California Institute of Technology (the USA); the third position was given to Stanford University (the USA).