UrFU entered the top 400 of the QS World University Ranking

This year the university improved its ranking by 48 positions
EKATERINBURG, Russian Federation - June 19, 2019 - PRLog -- Ural Federal University significantly improved its position in the global ranking of the best universities according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), rising by 48 positions compared to the previous year and improving its performance in such indicators as academic reputation, citation and internationalization. In the QS World University Ranking 2020 Ural Federal University ranks 364th.

According to the Rector of UrFU Victor Koksharov, the university is faced with the task of becoming one of the 350 best universities in the world, 'Our progress is connected with strengthening of the academic reputation: we always receive high scores for this indicator. Moreover, the citation rates of university researchers and the level of internationalization are also increasing. For example, the share of international lecturers has grown, now it is 8.2% of the total academic staff. The number of international students is also growing, there is already 11% of them at our university; they represent 84 countries of the world.'

UrFU is also ranked 58th in the QS University Rankings: BRICS 2019 and 43rd in the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia Ranking; it is also included in the subject rankings in Mathematics, Materials Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science and Information Systems, Social Sciences and Management, Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology.

'The results prove we have chosen the right development strategy, which the university follows paying attention to the quality of scientific research and educational programs,' says the rector, 'It benefits the development of international relations and cooperation with leading scientific centers and universities of the world brining such significant results.'

The rector underlined that the university plans are connected with the national project "Science". 'We aspire to create a world-class scientific and educational center "Advanced Industrial Technologies" and two world-class research centers in Mathematics and Materials Science. These initiatives are implemented in collaboration with the government of the Sverdlovsk region, the Sverdlovsk Regional Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.'

Ural Interregional Scientific-Educational Center of the World Level "Advanced Industrial Technologies" is created with the aim of uniting the potentials of educational and scientific institutions and organizations of the real sector of the Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk and Kurgan regions. The main task of the center is to conduct applied research and implementation of the world-class developments in the Urals in order to obtain competitive technologies and products and their subsequent commercialization.

The center will also focus on education of experts solving scientific and technological problems for breakthrough development in priority areas and improving the competitiveness of the economy. The main mechanism will be scientific cooperation with world centers, academic institutions of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and leading regional and international corporations. The opening of the Center is scheduled for late 2019.


The QS World University Ranking has been published since 2004. The main indicators remain unchanged since 2005. The institutions are evaluated by their academic reputation, demand among employers, the ratio of students and academic staff members, citation index and the number of international students and lecturers. 1,620 universities were evaluated, 25 of them are Russian.

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