On September 11th at the World Academic summit in Zurich the Times Higher Education ranking agency (THE) presented the results of its flagman ranking THE World University Rankings of 2020. The ranking evaluates specifically research-intensive universities and considered to be one of the most established rankings in the world next to the Shanghai Ranking and QS Ranking.
Sumy State University entered this prestigious ranking for the first time and got the 2nd place among six Ukrainian education institutions. SumDU managed to clear the electoral barrier by a number of established scientific publications for the last 5 years and to demonstrate competitive results by the index of research activity, that takes up about 75% of the ranking methodology. THE counts research chops of HEIs in Scopus database, results of scientific community survey regarding the quality of scientific activity in other universities, financial indicators of research providing etc.
The authenticity of the ranking methodology and calculations has been proved by one of the most established audit companies in the world PricewaterhouseCoopers. According to reports, this year SumDU got the 1st place in Ukraine and entered the TOP-300 of the world HEIs, according to the other ranking by Timed Higher Education – University Impact Rankings, that evaluates so called “third mission” of the universities – the level of its social and economic influence.