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QS EECA University Rankings 2018


Lomonosov Moscow State University is top of this year’s rankings, making it three in a row for the Russian university. It’s one of nearly 100 Russian universities in this year’s expanded ranking. Two others feature in the top 10: Novosibirsk State University (ranked second) and Saint Petersburg State University (ranked fourth). The highest climber in the top 10 is the Middle East Technical University, up five places to ninth.

21 different countries are represented in this year’s ranking of the best universities in emerging Europe and central Asia, which now features approximately 300 of the region’s best universities. For a more in-depth look at this year’s EECA University Rankings results, download our free supplement, available here.

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First published in 2014, the QS EECA University Rankings highlights the top 300 universities in emerging Europe and central Asia. Aiming to celebrate and track the performance of higher education institutions in the EECA countries, the ranking uses a methodology adapted from the overall QS World University Rankings®, and similar to those used for QS’s other regional rankings.

A total of nine factors are assessed, each of which contributes a certain proportion towards institutions’ overall scores. The results table can be sorted to compare universities on each of these nine indicators. Find out more from the QS Intelligence Unit.

Academic reputation (30%)

As is the case for all of QS’s university rankings, global reputation is assessed through two major international surveys. The first of these is the annual QS Global Academic Survey, which asks academics worldwide to identify the institutions they perceive to be conducting the best work in the own field.

Employer reputation (20%)

Alongside the academic survey, the QS Global Employer Survey asks graduate employers across the world to name the institutions they believe to be producing the best graduates in their sector. This indicator aims to reflect intuitional reputation in the global graduate employment market.

Faculty/student ratio (15%)

In lieu of a reliable or practical method by which to assess and compare teaching quality internationally, faculty/student ratio is considered. This is based on the number of students enrolled per full-time academic staff member, aiming to give an indication of each institution’s commitment to providing high standards of academic support.

Papers per faculty (10%)

Calculated using data from Elsevier’s Scopus – the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed academic literature – this indicator reflects research productivity, based on papers published per academic faculty member.

Web impact (10%)

Based on the Webometrics ranking, this indicator reflects the extent of each institution’s online presence, one aspect of their commitment to international engagement and communication.

Staff with a PhD (5%)

A priority and growing strength for many leading universities in the EECA region is the recruitment of academic staff members qualified to PhD level or the equivalent. Progress in this area is assessed by calculating the proportion of faculty members at this level.

Citations per paper (5%)

Again based on data from the Scopus database, this indicator aims to assess research impact, based on the frequency with which an institution’s published papers are cited by other researchers around the world.

International faculty (2.5%) and international students (2.5%)

Finally, the last two indicators are based on the proportion of faculty members and students who are international. This provides an indication of the diversity of the institution’s community and learning environment, as well as reflecting success in attracting academics and students across national borders.

The overall results of the QS EECA University Rankings are published in an interactive online table, which allows users to compare universities’ performance on individual indicators, or view those with the highest combined scores. To access the full functionality of the table, you first need to log in or register as a site member – this is free and allows you to access exclusive content and resources.

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