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QS University Rankings: EECA 2015 – Out Now

By Laura Bridgestock

Updated May 2, 2018 Updated May 2, 2018

The new and expanded edition of the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia is released today – highlighting the top 150 universities in this dynamic world region.

Following last year’s pilot edition, the ranking has now been extended to feature an additional 50 universities, with the results being debated at a launch event in Istanbul today.

The release sees Russia’s Lomonosov Moscow State University retain the top spot, followed by fellow Russian institution Novosibirsk State University and the Czech Republic’s Charles University. Each of these countries features twice more in the top 10, alongside one Estonian and two Polish entries.

Top 10 Universities in Emerging Europe & Central Asia 2015

1. Lomonosov Moscow State University  


2. Novosibirsk State University


3. Charles University

Czech Republic

4. University of Tartu


5. Saint-Petersburg State University


6. University of Warsaw


7. Jagiellonian University


8. Czech Technical University in Prague

Czech Republic

9. Masaryk University

Czech Republic

10. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology State University


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Overall, Russian universities continue to dominate, accounting for almost a quarter of the top 100 universities, and 48 of the top 150. Turkey has 16 representatives, Kazakhstan 14, Poland 12, the Czech Republic 10 and Ukraine 9. A total of 20 countries are featured at least once, and more than 500 universities were considered for inclusion.

First developed last year, the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia aims to highlight educational excellence across the EECA region. Universities are assessed on nine key performance indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, staff with a PhD, papers per faculty member, citations per paper, international faculty members, international students, and web impact.

The results are published in an interactive table, which can be sorted by country and by performance indicator, making it easy to compare individual universities while also providing insights into the relative strengths and weaknesses of each nation’s higher education offering.

As the results and their implications are discussed at today’s launch event, you can join the conversation via Twitter with #QSWUR. For additional insights and commentary, a supplementary report is available to read online.

This article was originally published in October 2015 . It was last updated in May 2018

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

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