Ural Federal University: Ural Federal University Advances in Three University Missions Ranking


Ural Federal University significantly improved its position in the new Moscow Three Universities Missions International Ranking (MosIUR). The university moved up 20 positions in the international ranking – from 257th to 237th place. In Russia, UrFU remained in 8th place.

The Three University Missions ranking marked the beginning of a turn in global rankings towards assessing the significance of a university for society, the so-called third mission, which previously remained out of the sight of rating agencies. The principal novelty of MosIUR was highly recognized by the experts. In 2022 the number of universities represented in this global ranking increased from 1650 to 1800. By this parameter, the Three University Missions ranking is the most representative in the world. The list of the best universities includes universities from 103 countries, including 146 Russian universities.

“The growth of the university in the world rankings shows that we are becoming more and more competitive on a global scale and the development model we have chosen has been effective. The university successfully cooperates with the leading scientific and educational centers of the world, we implement exchange programs and improve our infrastructure, and this gives real results. It is also very important that the ranking methodology pays a lot of attention to the interaction of universities with society, with the territories where they are located. We will continue to develop our region in an integrated manner, training qualified personnel for our enterprises and introducing advanced developments of our scientists to these enterprises. All this allows us to effectively solve the most important economic and social tasks in the region and adequately respond to the key challenges of today,” notes Victor Koksharov, Rector of the Ural Federal University.

The pilot version of the Three University Missions ranking was published in December 2017, and the second one in November 2018. In 2018, the ranking successfully received an independent audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit, a member of the global PwC network.

Only objective criteria approved by international experts were used to compile the ranking, and reputational surveys were completely excluded. At the same time, according to the compilers, the range of sources of information for the ranking is much wider than traditionally used in existing popular rankings. The sources of information include open data from official websites of universities and national authorities, as well as data from independent international sources.

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