24 November 2017

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has published the 2018 edition of its BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) university rankings.Chinese universities have a clear advantage. The top place is held by Tsinghua University for the fourth year in a row and there seven Chinese universities in the top ten. In India there has been a reshuffling among the top institutions. The Indian Institute of Technology Bombayhas risen from 16th place in 2015-16 to 9th this year, overtaking the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore which has fallen from 5th to 10th. The top Russian university is Lomonosov Moscow State University followed by Novosibersk State University while the leading Brazilian university is Universidade Estadual de Campinas in 13th place.For South Africa these rankings are not good news. The University of Cape Town has fallen from 9th place in 2014-5 to 19th, the University of the Witwatersrand, from 31st to 36th, Stellenbosch University from 34th to 47th and the University of Kwazulu-Natal from 60th to 80th.

The methodology is based on that used in the World University Rankingsbut with some modifications. The academic survey carries a weighting of 30% and the employer survey 20%, compared to 40% and 10% in the world rankings. The other indicators are faculty/student ratio (20% weighting), staff with PhD (10%), papers per faculty (10%), citations per paper (5%), international students (2.5%), and international faculty (2.5%).

The top ten BRICS universities are:

  1. Tsinghua University
  2. Peking University
  3. Fudan University
  4. University of Science and Technology China
  5. Lomonosov Moscow State University
  6. Zhejiang University
  7. Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  8. Nanjing University
  9. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  10. Indian Institute of Science Bangalore.


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The top three universities: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), continue to maintain their positions for the fourth year in a row’, notes Alexey Khodyrev, Executive Director of University Rankings at the RAEX Rating Agency.

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This year’s International Workshop on UI GreenMetric will address the theme of “Universities, Impacts and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” and provide the forum to share the best practices in creating a sustainable condition in universities. The attendees will be senior officers (rectors, vice-rectors, sustainability directors, deans, directors, respectful professors) from participating universities which have shown outstanding performance in 2018 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, environment experts, student leaders and other participants The workshop is expected to offer a platform for exchanging information and cooperation in dealing with sustainability issues.

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Prof. Kozminski is an economist, sociologist, and the best-known management scholar in Poland. His academic credentials are best described by the following numbers: 4681 quotations, and Hirsch index of 27. In 1993 he established Kozminski University, and served as its rector (1993-2011), and since 2011 he’s been the president of the university.

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