20 Russian Universities Made It to the List of World’s Best

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The Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) has taken 95th position in Quacquarelli Symonds research centre of World University Rankings. The other 23 Russian educational institutions were also included in this list.

The ranking appreciates wide scientific activities of the university employees, who conduct and publish about 400 studies a year on different fields of knowledge.

Consistent growth of foreign students was also taken into the account by ranking compilers. According to QS data, more than 5,000 foreign students are currently enrolled in MSU, with total of more than 30,000 students.

The St. Petersburg State University was named the second-best Russian educational institution and took 240th place in the ranking. The top-300 list also included Novosibirsk State University (250th) and The Bauman Moscow State Technical University (291st).

It is noteworthy that the number of Russian institutions in the QS rankings is growing steadily year by year. This year, the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics and the Samara National Research University were among the best for the very first time.

A total of 959 universities were recognized in the annual rating. First place went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Stanford and Harvard Universities, California Institute of Technology and Cambridge University were also in the top 5.

The ranking is based on several criteria: reputation in the academic environment; citation of scientific works; reputation among employers; overall students performance.

It was earlier reported that the Moscow State University has made it into the Global Graduate Employability rankings compiled by the QS research centre.