28 November 2018
The 5 Top 100 programme was launched in 2012 and aspired to place five Russian universities in the top 100 of the global rankings. At present 21 institutions are involved in the project.
According to Mikhail Kotvukov, the Russian Minister of Science and Higher Education, there are now 28 Russian universities among the world’s top 500 in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, or the QS World University Rankings, including subject rankings, up from seven in 2012. He was reporting to a meeting of the Russian president with government members.
According to this year’s listings, Lomonosov Moscow State University is in the top 100 of the Shanghai rankings and the QS world rankings but not in the THE world rankings, Leiden Ranking, Round University Ranking, University Ranking by Academic performance or the Center for World University Rankings. The Shanghai rankings show a high score for publications but zero for highly cited researchers.
Although Russian universities are making substantial progress it appears that there is still some way to go before reaching the goals of the project.
There are, however, three Russian universities in the current edition of the Moscow “three missions rankings”.