QS have released the latest edition of their ranking of universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA). These rankings have become quite popular in recent years with over fifty new universities signing up for the new edition.
The methodology is based on the QS World University Rankings but with significant additions, including International Research Network, Web Impact, Citations per Paper, Papers per Faculty, and Faculty with PhD.
The rankings are led by Lomonosov Moscow State University, which has scores of 100 for Faculty Student Ratio, Web Impact, Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, and Faculty with a PhD, followed by the University of Tartu in Estonia and St Petersburg State University.
A striking feature of these rankings is the gap between Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The best Asian performer is Turkey which has five universities in the top 20, three of which are actually in Istanbul.
Al Farabi Kazakh National University is placed 19th overall, the American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, 138th the Tajik National University in band 221-230, and TIIAME, Uzbekistan, in band 251-300.