MSU is the leader among Russian universities in terms of representation in THE subject rankings
The Times Higher Education subject rankings were published on October 28, 2020. According to the data obtained in the course of the global educational analysis, Moscow State University is confidently included in the first hundred in the areas of “Physical Sciences” and “Art and Humanities”. The leading Russian university was also included in the top 200 of the best universities in the world in the field of Computer Science, Business and Economics, Education, Life Sciences. In the top 300 MSU is presented in the sections “Medicine and Health Sciences”, “Engineering Sciences and Advanced Technologies” and “Psychology”.
When compiling THE subject ratings, international experts use the same 13 key performance indicators as in the global institutional rating. They are grouped in five areas: teaching (learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (impact of research); international interaction (staff, students and research); income from production activities (knowledge transfer). However, the weight of these indicators may vary.
Assessing the materials published by THE, the rector of Moscow State University, Academician V.A. Sadovnichy emphasized that Moscow University has become a leader among Russian universities in terms of representation in THE 2020 subject rankings. According to Viktor Antonovich, this is based on the principles of classical fundamental education promoted by Moscow State University. V.A. Sadovnichy drew particular attention to the position of Moscow University in the top 100 best universities in the world in natural science (“Physical Sciences”; 81st place) and in the humanities (“Art and Humanities”; 72nd place). As the rector noted, the university also has a large reserve for the growth of indicators in the areas of “Life Sciences” and “Computer Science”. As an illustration of this thesis, V.A. Sadovnichy recalled that that Moscow State University has directed enormous efforts and resources to fight coronavirus infection – this is the development of unique vaccines based on fundamental research, and the use of the Lomonosov-2 supercomputer in the development of effective therapeutic and medicinal products (including against COVID-19). The heroic work of the MSU doctors in the “red zone”, who, in a consortium with international scientists, developed unique methods for treating coronavirus patients at the University Clinic, did not go unnoticed.