Moscow State University. Source: Lori / Legion Media
Three Russian universities have made it to The Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings 2016.
“Russia has three institutions in this year's ranking, up from two last year,” THE said in a press note. “However, the top two, Lomonosov Moscow State University (30th place) and Saint Petersburg State University (81-90 band) have both dropped since last year.”
Saint Petersburg State University was in the 71-80 band last year, while Moscow State University was in 25th place in 2015.
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (91-100) was the third Russian university in the 2016 list.
The annual rankings rate the 100 most prestigious universities. THE publishes the reputation ranking, based on an invitation-only survey of academicians.
Five Chinese universities made the ranking this year, while 43 institutions from the U.S. were on the list. Harvard took the top spot for the sixth year in a row, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford.
“Russia will have to continue to work hard to ensure it can compete with its global rivals, such as China, which are also investing heavily in higher education,” Phil Baty, Times Higher Education World University Rankings editor told RBTH.
“The story of this year’s World Reputation Rankings has been the sharp progress made by Asian universities, with 18 appearing in the top 100 this year, up from 10 last year. In that context, Lomonosov Moscow State University and Saint Petersburg State University have done well to limit their slipping down the rankings to just a few places.”
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