ISU entered the most prestigious World University Rankings for the third time
8 November 2022

Irkutsk State University has entered the most prestigious World University Rankings, which is published annually by the British magazine Times Higher Education for the third time. 76 Russian universities are listed in the World University Rankings (60 universities in 2021, 48 universities in 2020), ISU took the 42nd place among them.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings is one of the most is considered to be one of the most respected world university rankings. The rating methodology is currently influenced by Elsevier and the Scopus database. Thus, one of the key conditions to be ranked by THE is publishing at least 1,000 scientific articles for the period of 5 years in the journals indexed in the Scopus database, supported by the Elsevier publisher.

In the ranking there were used 13 performance indicators, grouped into the five sections: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. The ranking is strongly influenced by the analysis of more than 80 million citations from 13 million scientific publications as well as by the survey of 22,000 scientists from around the world.

M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University holds the first place among Russian universities. ISU is listed alongside large universities that have the status of Federal or National Research Institutes, many of which are supported by 5-100 program.

ISU acting rector, prof. Alexander Schmidt:

The stability of our university getting into the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the place that ISU occupies among Russian universities is extremely important. In fact, our university only gets outplayed by Russian universities that have received targeted state support for a long time, including last year. It is notable that among the international students who entered our university this year, there are students who indicated the presence in the global ranking of THE as one of the main reasons for choosing our university. This is just one particular example, but it illustrates well the importance of an independent evaluation of universities. And in this case, of course, the reputation of the rating compilers is important, which in the case of THE is very high.

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