11 December 2017

The pilot version of the Three Missions University Ranking, also known as the Moscow International University Ranking, is a project sponsored by the Russian Union of Rectors and run by the Association of Rating Makers, which includes Expert RA, VCIOM, Reputatsiya and others. Ranking initiative  has been supported by leading universities of Russia, China, India, Iran, Japan, and Turkey. The methodology has been developed following an extensive public consultations including some 25 ranking experts from 12 countries (from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America). It is supported by data provided by Clarivate Analytics from InCites and the Global Institutional Profiles Project.

The new ranking explicitly rejects reliance on survey data and attempts to measure a third mission, interaction with society, in addition to education and scientific research. Education has a weighting of 45%, Research 25%, and University and Society 30%.

There are 17 indicators. Education is assessed by international awards to students, proportion of international students, expenditure per student, and faculty student ratio. Research is measured by awards to alumni and staff, normalised citation impact at global and national level, research income per academic staff, and field-weighted views impact. The criteria for University and Society are online courses published in Coursera and eDX, share of country’s research publications, number of indexed website pages, number of Wikipedia page views, twitter account followers, and alumni with individual Wikipedia pages. Two hundred universities are included in this ranking.

There are 13 Russian higher education institutions in the top 200. Lomonosov Moscow State University, ranked 25th is followed by Saint Petersburg State University and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology ranked 72nd and 73rd respectively.

The top five universities are:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  3. Stanford University
  4. Yale University
  5. University of Cambridge.

The best performers in selected countries and regions are:

Continental Europe; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (9)

Latin America; National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) (105)

Africa; University of Cape Town (145)

Asia; University of Tokyo (11)

Russia; Lomonosov Moscow State University (25)

China; Peking University (33)

India; All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (125)

Australia; Australia National University (49).



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The purpose of "IREG Inventory of International Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.


National and international academic rankings play ever increasing role as a barometer of quality of higher education institutions. The purpose of "IREG Inventory of National Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.


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News from IREG Members

Building university visibility - Ranking conference in Poland

„Perspektywy” Education Foundation in close cooperation with the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) and the Polish Accreditation Commission organized a conference “Polish Universities in International Perspective - Rankings and Strategic Management of a University”. The third conference under the same title was held in Warsaw on 3rd and 4th December 2018.

Moscow Third University Mission Conference

"The Third University Mission" international conference, dedicated to the cooperation between universities and society  attended by over 260 delegates from 23 countries was held in Moscow November 30 and December 1. The conference was timed to the release of the new issue of Moscow International University Ranking "The Three University Missions". The conference was chaired by Viktor Sadovnichy, Rector of the Lomonosov University and Waldemar Siwinski, Vice President of IREG Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence. "The Moscow Ranking opens a new generation of academic rankings", said Luiz Claudio Costa, President of IREG Observatory, honorary guest of the Conference.  "Almost all of the existing rankings are based mainly on indicators of research and institutional reputation. It is time for a new generation of rankings that try to look more closely to the link between university and society."

The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (IWGM)

UI GreenMetric World University Rankings is pleased to hold The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric (IWGM) in collaboration with Universitas Diponegoro on 8-10 April 2018. The venue for the event will be in Universitas Diponegoro, Tembalang, Semarang, Indonesia.

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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