MINSK, 9 June (BelTA) – In the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings that was published on 9 June, Belarusian State University (BSU) ranked 295th, climbing up 22 positions. This is the highest the BSU has even placed in the rankings, BelTA learned from the BSU press service.
Featuring 1,300 universities from around the world, this year's university rankings are the largest ever. Same as in previous years, each institution was assessed according to six criteria: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international students ratio, and international faculty ratio.
There are a total of around 30,000 universities in the world. Being in the top 1000 of the rankings demonstrates the prestige of a university and its acclaim at the international level. The ranking helps foreign students choose a university and makes it easier to make diplomas of a university recognized abroad.
The BSU was 317th in 2020, 351st in 2019, and 354th in 2018. Other Belarusian universities featured in the ranking include Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU) in the 751-800 group and the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics in the 1001-1200 group. According to the BNTU press service, the university climbed 50 positions up.
The QS World University Rankings is the most popular and cited source of information about universities in the world. The BSU was able to perform better in the rankings thanks to improved reputation among experts and the increased number of foreign students. In 2021, the number of foreign student studying at BSU was around 4,300. It was at 3,500 in 2020 and at 2,500 in 2019. In terms of employer reputation, the BSU ranked 237th in 2021 and 268th in 2020.
According to the new edition of the rankings, the BSU surpassed universities of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine again: the University of Warsaw was 308th, Vilnius University was 400th, and V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University was in the 511-520 group. The University of Tartu placed 300th, the highest among Estonian universities.
Russia is represented in the rankings by 48 universities. The top three are Lomonosov Moscow State University (78), Saint Petersburg State University (242), and Novosibirsk State University (246).
The top three universities in the QS World University Rankings are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Oxford, and Stanford University.
The QS World University Rankings together with the Academic Ranking of World Universities (also known as the Shanghai Ranking) and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the most reputable rankings. They assess the performance of 1000-1500 best universities in the world. All in all, there are 15 world university rankings, dozens of less influential ones, and multiple rankings by region and by subject. The BSU is featured in the rankings of 12 agencies, including in 7 rankings by subject.