MEPhI in top five among Russian universities in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

A global ranking of the world’s best universities has been published by the British company Times Higher Education. The published part of the rating includes 1396 universities, including 39 Russian one. MEPhI took the 4th place among all Russian universities (401-500 group among the best universities in the world). The first place among Russian universities is taken by MSU, who is ranked the 189th in the world. “The release of any national and global ranking is to some extent an exciting process for universities, as ratings are subject to change evaluation methodologies and due to increased competition. MEPhI is among the top five universities in Russia in most rankings (ARWU, THE, U.S. News & World Report, Three University Missions, RUR, Interfax, RAEX, etc.). In general, this is a significant result for the team of MEPhI, given that each of the ratings has its own characteristics. This also applies to the rating of THE, which practically does not take into account scientific articles written in the framework of major scientific collaborations (in particular CERN). For our University, which is actively involved in research at magascience facilities, missing the citation of these articles certainly negatively affects the results. We consider it appropriate for rating agencies, in particular THE and QS, to reconsider their approach to assessing the real contribution of universities to basic research. Assessment of University’s publication activity may not be objective without this,” said the rector of MEPhI Mikhail Strikhanov. The Times Higher Education ranking of world universities evaluates universities on 13 performance indicators, which are grouped into five areas: teaching (learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citation (research impact), international interaction (staff, students and research), income from production activities (knowledge transfer).