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New QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia 2014/15 reveals excellence in a dynamic region

London 17th December:  QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the publisher of the QS World University Rankings, releases today the inaugural QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia
 (EECA) 2014/15
at a launch event in Budapest.

 

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says: ‘’Universities in the EECA region are beginning to add depth to the landscape of global higher education. They are no longer just competing nationally; they are reaching out to the world, driving innovation and marketing their unique strengths like never before. Inevitably, they are becoming increasingly attractive to students and QS is pleased to announce the first ranking dedicated to this region - to providing these universities with a platform to shine and to regionally mobile students a way to compare universities.”

 

Sowter adds: “In the course of compiling this pilot top 100 we have reached out to 368 universities, 255 of which have never before been featured in our rankings, 18 of these have made the top 100. As the project evolved we expect to engage with still more ambitious institutions in this dynamic region.’’

 

 

QS University Rankings: EECA 2014/15 – Top 25

RANK

Institution name

country

  1 

LOMONOSOV MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY

RU

  2=

CHARLES UNIVERSITY

CZ

  2=

NOVOSIBIRSK STATE UNIVERSITY

RU

  4 

UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW

PL

  5=

UNIVERSITY OF TARTU

EE

  5=

CZECH TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY IN PRAGUE

CZ

  7 

SAINT-PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY

RU

  8 

JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY

PL

  9=

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

TR

  9=

MASARYK UNIVERSITY

CZ

  11 

BOGAZIÇI ÜNIVERSITESI

TR

  12 

BILKENT UNIVERSITY

TR

  13 

ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY

TR

  14 

AL-FARABI KAZAKH NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

KZ

  15 

EOTVOS LORAND UNIVERSITY

HU

  16 

KOÇ UNIVERSITY

TR

17=

SABANCI UNIVERSITY

TR

17=

MOSCOW INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY STATE UNIVERSITY

RU

  19 

UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA

SI

  20 

ISTANBUL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

TR

  21 

BAUMAN MOSCOW STATE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

RU

  22 

UNIVERSITY OF SZEGED

HU

  23 

L.N. GUMILYOV EURASIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

KZ

  24 

BUDAPEST UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMICS

HU

  25 

UNIVERSITY OF DEBRECEN

HU

©QS Quacquarelli Symonds  2004 -2015  To view the Top 100, visit: www.iu.qs.com

 

The EECA region considered for this new ranking consists of the following 30 countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

 

The methodology utilized to evaluate universities in the EECA region has been compiled in consultation with the QS Global Academic Advisory Board and with local experts.

The criteria have been chosen to reflect aspects of the universities life and activities that are particularly relevant in the region.

 

Methodology

Indicators

weighting

Source

Academic Reputation

30%

Global survey of academics  based on 7,660 valid responses of international academics with knowledge of  institutions in the region

Employer Reputation: 20%

20%

Global survey of employers based on  3,594 responses of employers with knowledge of institutions in the region

Faculty/Student: 15%

15%

Institutions/public data

International Faculty: 2.5%

2.50%

Institutions/public data

International Students: 2.5%

2.50%

Institutions/public data

Staff with PhD: 5%

5%

Institutions/public data

Web Impact: 10%

10%

Webometrics

Papers per Faculty: 10%

10%

Bibliometric data from Scopus/Elsevier

Citations per Paper: 5%

5%

Bibliometric data from Scopus/Elsevier

 

Universities from 18 of the 30 countries in the region feature in the Top 100.

Unsurprisingly, Russia dominates the ranking with 26 universities led by Lomonov Moscow State University, which tops this ranking and has performed consistently well in also in the World University Rankings and in the BRICS Rankings.  Novosibirsk State University is tied second with Charles University (Czech Republic).

The next two most represented countries are Turkey and the Czech Republic, followed by Poland, Kazakhstan, Hungary and Ukraine.

 

Number of  universities                      in Top 100 by country

 
 

Russia

26

 

Czech Republic

10

 

Turkey

10

 

Poland

9

 

Kazakhstan

8

 

Hungary

6

 

Ukraine

6

 

Romania

5

 

Lithuania

4

 

Azerbaijan

3

 

Latvia

3

 

Belarus

2

 

Estonia

2

 

Slovakia

2

 

Bulgaria

1

 

Croatia

1

 

Serbia

1

 

Slovenia

1

 

©QS Quacquarelli Symonds               2004 -2014 www.iu.qs.com

 
 
 

 

The leading universities in the EECA ranking perform well in Webometrics, which measures academic web presence, supporting the Open Access initiatives for increasing the transfer of scientific and cultural knowledge generated by the universities to the whole society.

Among the Top 100, the top performers in this indicator are: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Charles University (Czech Republic) , Istanbul University, Masaryk University (Czech Republic), and University of Tartu ( Estonia).

 

Three of the Top 5 universities in the Paper per Faculty indicator - One of the criterion utilized for measuring the research productivity of universities based on the Scopus/Elsevier bibliometric data – are Turkish: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi, Sabancı Üniversitesi;

Middle East Technical University.  

 

The most voted universities by international employers are: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Czech Technical University in Prague, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, University of Warsaw and Middle East Technical University (Turkey).

 

The Top 5 universities for proportion of international students are: Semmelweis University in Hungary, a medical university - not featured in the overall ranking since only institutions active in at least two faculty areas are eligible for inclusion - People’s Friendship University of Russia, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University (Armenia), V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine) and Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics (Russia).

 

 The faculty/student ratio indicator, a proxy used to measure the resources committed to teaching, is dominated by the Russian-speaking countries. Turkey, Hungary and Czech Republic are unquestionably leading in research productivity as well as the number of citations their papers receive.

 

However there are still improvements to be made in some of the indicators such internationalisation and publication in English language academic journals.

Many universities in the region have their official websites available in the native language only.  

 

Among the Central European Countries, dominated by the Czech Republic and Hungary, Romania also shines with five universities in the Top 100. Slovakia makes it into the QS rankings for the first time ever with one university in the Top 50 and another in the Top 100.

 

Kazakhstan is investing in improving its international competitiveness in higher education which is reflected in this ranking featuring eight Kazakh universities in the Top 100.

 

Today 17th December, the QS University Rankings: EECA 2014/15 will be revealed at the live launch event at the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest.

To view the full results: www.iu.qs.com

Join the conversation @worlduniranking #QSWUR

 

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Simona Bizzozero
Head of PR
+44 (0) 7880620856
simona@qs.com

@QS_pressoffice
 

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QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the first compiler of global and regional university rankings to receive the “IREG Approved” label for three of its research outputs. The Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence (IREG) Executive Committee, at its meeting in Warsaw on 15th May 2013, decided to grant to QS the rights to use the “IREG Approved” label in relation to the following three rankings: QS World University Rankings, QS University Rankings: Asia, and QS University Rankings: Latin America. More information on its correct usage is available here.

 

 Scopus Database from Elsevier
QS Rankings use citation data from Scopus /Elsevier which is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. Scopus is a trusted source of bibliometric data, also used by many other organisations including: the OECD, the Australian Research Council, iFQ (Institut für Forschungsinformation und Qualitätssicherung) and ISTEP (National Institute of Science and Technology Policy of Japan).


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