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Top 100 Universities in Emerging Europe & Central Asia

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QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the publisher of the QS World University Rankings®, has today launched a new ranking of universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, with the region’s top 100 universities unveiled at a launch event in Budapest. This is the first ever university ranking dedicated to the EECA region, whose institutions are “reaching out to the world, driving innovation and marketing their unique strengths like never before”, said Ben Sowter, head of research at QS.

This pilot edition of the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia sees Russia’s Lomonosov Moscow State University take the top spot, followed by the Czech Republic’s Charles University, which shares second place with another Russian representative, Novosibirsk State University. Overall, Russian universities claim the largest share of the region’s top 100 universities, with 26 entries. The Czech Republic and Turkey have 10 apiece, Poland nine, Kazakhstan eight, and Hungary and Ukraine six each.

QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia 2014/15

Top 10 Universities

1

Russia

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Czech Republic

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Russia

4

Poland

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Estonia

5=

Czech Republic

7

Russia

8

Poland

9=

Turkey

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Turkey

Universities across a total of 30 countries in Emerging Europe and Central Asia were considered for inclusion, with the ranking’s reach extending to Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, the Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Supporting the global ambitions of EECA universities

The project involved reaching out to a total of 368 universities, of which 255 had not previously been featured in the QS rankings. It’s envisaged that future editions will assess and feature even more of the region’s fast-developing higher education providers.

“Universities in the EECA region are beginning to add depth to the landscape of global higher education,” Sowter said, “Inevitably, they are becoming increasingly attractive to students and QS is pleased to announce the first rankings dedicated to this region – providing these universities with a platform to shine and giving regionally mobile students a way to compare universities.”

The ranking’s methodology has been developed in consultation with the QS Global Academic Advisory Board and with regional experts, with the aim of reflecting current priorities for universities in the region. It draws on nine indicators, designed to assess institutions’ global reputation and online reach, research productivity and impact, internationalization, and staffing levels.

QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia 2014/15
Methodology

Indicators

Weighting

Source

Academic reputation

30%

Global survey of academics

Employer reputation

20%

Global survey of employers

Faculty/student ratio

15%

Institutions/public data

Web impact

10%

Webometrics

Papers per faculty member

10%

Bibliometric data from Scopus

Staff with PhD (%)

5%

Institutions/public data

Citations per paper

5%

Bibliometric data from Scopus

International faculty (%)

2.5%

Institutions/public data

International students (%)

2.5%

Institutions/public data

Visit the QS Intelligence Unit website to view the full top 100 universities in the EECA region, and join the conversation on Twitter with #QSWUR.

Written by Laura Bridgestock

The editor of TopUniversities.com, Laura oversees the site's editorial content and student forums. She also edits the QS Top Grad School Guide and contributes to market research reports including How Do Students Use Rankings?

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