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QS and Interfax Group to launch first BRICS university ranking

QS University Rankings: BRICS out 17th December

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QS Quacquarelli Symonds, compilers of the annual QS World University Rankings, has been appointed by Interfax Group, a leading information provider in Russia and emerging “Eurasian” nations, to produce the world’s first university ranking of the “BRICS” countries.

The “QS University Rankings: BRICS”, as the ranking will be named, has received support from ministries of education and higher education institutions around the world. As one of the most trusted independent university ranking organisations, experienced in both global and regional rankings, QS was Interfax Group’s natural choice of partner for the project.

The new ranking was fostered by Russia’s ministry of education; following Russian president Vladimir Putin’s announcement (May 2012) to have at least five of the country’s universities in the top 100 in global university rankings by 2020.

Interfax Group was chosen out of five bidders to launch two new pilot rankings. The first will include only universities from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS),the second ranking is a “BRICS” nation ranking, which will include the universities of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa; this will be a joint project between QS and Interfax Group.

Zoya Zaitseva, project director for QS University Rankings: BRICS says: “The BRICS nations are investing heavily in higher education, research and development as they recognize that creating knowledge and nurturing talents is essential to fuel the growth of their rapidly-expanding economies.”

She continues: “The new ranking will increase their visibility and allow these universities to become more recognized on a global level.”

Dr. Mrs. Indu Shahani, Dean of Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai and visiting faculty member at the UC Berkeley and NYU Stern says: “I'm delighted to be associated with the pilot of the QS University Rankings: BRICS. There is a strong belief among academics that this will create a new benchmark for young students as well as help raise the profile and global visibility of good Indian universities.”

She adds: “BRICS nations are accustomed to research studies on economic and political areas but this kind of educational research initiative based is a first and should be well received by Indian universities.”

Results of the first QS University Rankings: BRICS will be announced at the Interfax and QS BRICS University Forum in Moscow on 17th December 2013 and published on TopUniversities.com on the same day.



For more information, contact:

Simona Bizzozero, simona@qs.com, +(0) 7880620856

Vickie Chiu, vickie.chiu@qs.com, +(0) 207 284 7292

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QS University Rankings: BRICS

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Zoya Zaitseva

Zoya is the project director for the pilot exercise, QS University Rankings: BRICS. She has spoken at many higher education conferences in Eastern Europe on the internationalization of the region’s institutions. She has recently organised the first QS Rankosium, a conference aimed at bringing the region’s universities to ‘world class’ standards and also added a Eastern Europe-specific panel at QS APPLE, a conference focused on building academic excellence in Asia. 

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