The Times Higher Education has released the 2019 THE World University Rankings. Tomsk Polytechnic University enters the 501-600 band taking the fifth spot among Russian universities. This year the ranking assessed 1,250 institutions of higher education in 86 countries, i.e. 250 schools more than in the previous year.
According to TASS Russian News Agency, the ranking editors note that the number of listed Russian universities increased from 27 to 35 (compared to the last year) despite facing difficulties related to increasing global competition specifically from Asia.
Lomonosov Moscow State University kept its position as the most highly ranked Russian university. It is included in the top 200 of the ranking. MSU is followed by MIPT (251-300), HSE (301-350), and MEPhI (351-400).
Tomsk Polytechnic University, ITMO University, Novosibirsk State University, St. Petersburg State University, Tomsk State University enter the band 501-600, and Kazan Federal University, MISiS University, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, and the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN) take their spots in the band 601-800.
The Oxford University (UK), Cambridge University (UK) and Stanford University (US) claimed the first three spots of the ranking.
The researchers studied 13 performance indicators divided into five groups: teaching, international outlook, industry income, research and citations, i.e. its ability to attract the best employees and international students.
Institutions listed in the ranking represent about 6 per cent of the total number of the universities in the world.