Moscow State University ranked No. 1 in its category

Moscow State University tops the Quacquarelli Symonds ranking.

Moscow State University tops the Quacquarelli Symonds ranking.

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Moscow State University, Novosibirsk State University, and St. Petersburg State University are the top three universities in the Developing Europe and Central Asia category compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds, a British educational company.

The Developing Europe and Central Asia category ranks the top 200 universities in 21 countries. Russia secured 64 universities in the ranking, while Turkey finished with the second largest number of universities in the list.

Moscow State University came in first place for the second year in a row, and it was followed by Siberia's largest university, Novosibirsk State University. St. Petersburg State University, which last year came in fifth place, jumped to third this year.

This is Quacquarelli Symonds third year making rankings, and the company expanded its list to include 200 universities, which is 50 more than last year. The Moscow Physics and Technological University dropped from 10th to 17th place, while the Tomsk State University improved its position from 27th to 20th.

Other universities in the top 10 include some of the oldest in the region, such as the Charles University (Czech Republic), the University of Tartu (Estonia), the University of Warsaw (Poland), Jagiellonian University (Poland), and Boğaziçi University in Turkey.

Each university is judged according to nine criteria. These include academic reputation, employers' opinion, student to professor ratio, the number of foreign professors and students, as well as teachers with PhDs, Internet resources, and the number of academic publications.

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