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:
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Stanford University
- Yale University
- 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).