02 December 2018
The pilot edition of the Moscow International University Ranking, or the Three University Missions ranking, was published in December 2017 and the final ranking was announced last week. The methodology combines conventional measures of Education and Research, with 45% and 25% weightings, with a new category, University and Society with a 30% weighting. The third component includes online courses published on global online platforms, share of national university publications, website pages indexed by search engines, Wikipedia page views, Twitter account followers, and alumni with an individual article in Wikipedia.
The current ranking covers 333 universities in 53 countries. There are 61 located in the USA, 29 in the UK, 25 in Germany, 22 in China, 19 each in Japan and Russia, 15 in Australia, and 12 in Canada.
It is noticeable that Russian universities do better here than in the established rankings. There are three Russian universities in the top 100, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Saint Petersburg State University, and Moscow Institute of Physics and technology, and seven in the top 200.
There are few surprises at the top of the rankings. The top ten are:
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Yale University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Stanford University
- University of Cambridge
- University of Oxford
- University of California Berkeley
- Columbia University
- University of Chicago.