ETU “LETI”: LETI Strengthens Position in International QS Rankings

The British agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has published the annual QS World University Rankings 2021, designed to help students in choosing the top university worldwide. St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” maintained its position in the band 701-750.

Despite the difficulties for education, research, and cooperation caused by the pandemic, LETI improved results in metrics Academic Reputation (from 4.1 to 4.5 points) and Employer Reputation (from 3.5 to 3.6 points). There was also an increase in the citation rate per faculty from 3.8 to 3.9 points. Traditionally, the share of international students remains the strength for the university (growth from 50.7 to 52.7 points).

“In 2020, LETI, like the entire global university community, faced the closure of borders, the forced transition to distance learning, and difficulties in establishing new academic partnerships and maintaining old ones. In this situation, LETI was able to retain its last year’s position. That is the result of systematic work in implementing the university’s mission. Our neighbors in the ranking are reputable technical universities in Europe and Asia, such as Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic), Beijing University of Technology (China), and Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy).”

According to the LETI Analytical Center, the key areas for improvement are reputation and citations, which show how actively university researchers collaborate on national and international levels. The most effective way for that is to take part in research that is highly relevant and changes the world around us for the better.

Another important aspect for increasing reputation is the relationship with employers in the region. LETI graduates are in high demand in the labor market. Now, it is necessary to convert that into an increase in the QS rankings score. To this end, LETI is consistently working to strengthen ties with industrial partners and develop an alumni association.


QS World University Rankings 2022 includes 48 universities from Russia, which is a record. The best result belongs to Lomonosov Moscow State University, which ranked 78th. According to Ben Sowter, Director of the QS Intelligence Unit, Russia has done a tremendous job in promoting universities on the international stage: “In 2016, only five Russian universities were among the top 400 in the world. Since then, that number has tripled. That is evidence of the work done by the Russian government to increase their recognition and internationalization.”

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