Tomsk Polytechnic University in ARWU

The 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has been released by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy on the eve. This is a world’s leading university rating along with the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings. The overall ranking includes 1,500 world universities. Harvard University tops the ranking list. Tomsk Polytechnic University has been ranked in the band 901-1,000 as one of ARWU World Top 500 Candidates by the institutional prestigious rating for the first time.


ARWU ranks universities regardless their subject profiles and other characteristics.

Last year, TPU entered the ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects: in Mechanical Engineering Tomsk Polytechnic University immediately took high position in the band 151-200, being the only Russian university in the field. This year, in Engineering TPU is ranked in the band 201-300 on the subject Instruments Science & Technology.

TPU Rector Petr Chubik comments on the ranking results:

‘There are about 2,000 universities in the world. Let’s imagine three two-hundred-thousand peaks: QS WUR, THE WUR, and ARWU. Thus, until 2011 TPU was not present even at the bottom of any of them. Now we are 373 steps far from the QS top, there are 301-350 steps between the top of THE and us, and we need to advance by 901-1,000 steps to the top of the ARWU. I wish Tomsk Polytechnic University to reach this height as soon as possible!’

This year, the Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks over 1,500 universities with 500 out them published in the Top 500 list. The overall table of ARWU includes Lomonosov Moscow State University (86th), Saint-Petersburg State University, Novosibirsk National Research State University and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University). This year the list of the world top 500 candidates is extended to cover all universities ranked in top 1000. It includes eight Russian universities, including Tomsk Polytechnic University. All university candidates are participants of the Project 5-100.

ARWU adopts six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of highly cited researchers, the number of articles published in Nature and Science, the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance.