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    Universities of Project 5-100 Shine in the QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia Ranking

    Russian higher education is represented in the recently published QS World University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia ranking by 121 universities, including all participants of Project 5-100.

    In total, the ranking includes 400 of the best universities in the global region. Compared to last year, russian universities have demonstrated multidirectional dynamics: 11 universities have strengthened their positions in the top-100, and four universities have dropped out of the top-100 of the ranking.

    “The promotion of Russian higher education in the global rankings is largely due to the participants of Project 5-100, as evidenced by the results of the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia. Thus, 19 universities of Russia entered the top 100 QS EECA, 13 of which are participants in the 5-100 Project. In the higher ranking — the top-50 — the ratio of universities in this group to other Russian universities is even higher: 12 out of 15 universities or 80%. At the same time, nine out of 11 domestic universities that showed positive dynamics in the top 100 also represent Project 5-100. We see that Russia is the leader in the ranking with five universities in the top ten, and three of them are participants in Project 5-100,” said Boris Filippov, Biology Ph.D., the Head of the Project 5-100 Office and Acting Director of Sociocenter.

    “These results indicate, firstly, a significant strengthening of positions in the global academic space of the leading Russian universities, which purposefully increase their international competitiveness, and secondly, the effectiveness of state support for universities, implying their transformation into the world’s leading research and educational centers. This is confirmed by foreign initiatives of academic excellence and proved by Project 5-100.”

    The Novosibirsk National Research State University, which took a place in the top five of the ranking, demonstrates consistently high results in the “QS University Rankings: Developing Europe and Central Asia.” NSU skipped ahead only Moscow State University and St. Petersburg State University. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (National Research University), having surpassed many classical universities, returned to the top-10 QS EECA, taking a ninth position. The National Research Tomsk State University closes the top-10 of the best universities.

    TSU Rector Eduard Galazhinsky said: “Project 5-100 allowed Tomsk State University and other Project participants to restart the development of science, education, economics, infrastructure, and innovation. The results are reflected in the growth in major world rankings. A better understanding of the university’s future helped to create a clear strategy for the development in the global educational sphere”.

    Every year Project 5-100 universities dynamically expand their presence in the “QS University Rankings: Developing Europe and Central Asia”: 15 participants of Project 5-100 have entered the ranking in 2014, 18 – in 2015, 19 – in 2016, and 20 universities in 2017.

    All the universities participating in Russia’s Academic Excellence Program – Project 5-100 – have been represented in the QS EECA achieved the maximum possible result in 2018-2020. Compared to last year, 14 Project 5-100 participants have improved their positions in the ranking. Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University has shown the highest dynamics among Project 5-100 participants, raising 29th position (159 in the ranking). RUDN University has moved from 58th to 43rd place, entering the top-50 of the QS EECA-2021. Sechenov University has risen 15 positions and reached 139th place in the ranking. ITMO University has significantly improved its position in the top-100, rising 10 positions. South Ural State University has raised 12 positions and now ranks 116th place in QS EECA-2021.

    SUSU Rector Alexander Shestakov commented: “The main result demonstrated by South Ural State University is positive dynamics and high efficiency if the investments made within the framework of Project 5-100. We have managed to improve our positions in major rankings and strengthen our relations with our partners. University’s scientific research has reached a world-class level. Also, I would like to note the participation of all institutes and higher schools in this movement: we face the dramatic annual growth of the publications in top-rated journals. SUSU is constantly increasing the number of significant projects with the participation of the university’s employees.”

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