Moscow, 16th of March 2016

Rating agency RAEX (Expert RA) became the first organization in Russia and the forth in the world whose university rankings successfully passed international audit by the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence. The agency received the right to use the sign “IREG approved” confirming that the methodology of the RAEX (Expert RA) University Ranking as well as the procedures of preparing the ranking and presenting its results satisfy the top quality standards. Other rankings that successfully passed the IREG audit: Perspektywy (Poland), QS (Great Britain) and CHE (Germany).

Commenting on the successful audit results the president of the RAEX (Expert RA) rating agency Dmitry Grishankov has noted: “The high evaluation by the IREG Observatory is a convincing evidence of the RAEX (Expert RA) Russian University Ranking recognition on the international scale. The audit team has carefully assessed our rankings for a long time, comments from authoritative experts and our reaction to their comments played an important role in improving the ranking processes which allowed us to raise the level of university ranking quality”.

IREG Audit is conducted on a voluntary basis upon a request from the ranking company. During the audit process the ranking purpose, target group, ranking methodology, publication of the results, transparency and quality control measures are assessed.

According to the research of the audit team, the RAEX (Expert RA) University ranking is a trustworthy multifactor ranking and its basic principles remained constant since the release of the first ranking issue. The audit team highlighted the regularity and efficiency of communications between the ranking organization and the target groups in order to improve the ranking methodology and its quality control.

The IREG audit team came to the conclusion that the RAEX (Expert RA) Russian University Ranking is highly demanded on the national level and is recognized as a reliable source of information for its target groups. As a result, the IREG Executive Committee made a favorable decision regarding the results of the audit and granted rating agency RAEX (Expert RA) the right to use the “IREG Approved” sign in relation to the RAEX (Expert RA) Russian Universities Ranking until the 31st of December 2019.


RAEX (Expert RA) – leading rating agency in Russia and CIS region, founded in 1997. The agency is represented in the European Union, Kazakhstan, Belorussia and Hong Kong. The annual RAEX (Expert RA) Russian University Ranking based on statistical and reputational indicators was first prepared in 2012 on the initiative of the Oleg Deripaska Fund “Volnoe Delo”. The number of views for educational ranking on the webpage www.raexpert.ru is over 100 thousands per month. From 2013 RAEX (Expert RA) is a member of the IREG Observatory.

The official website of RAEX (Expert RA) is: www.raexpert.ru (Russian)

The website of the RAEX Russian University Ranking is: www.top100universities.ru (English, Russian)

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