The new and expanded edition of the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia was released on Wednesday, highlighting the top 150 universities in the region, including four from Estonia.
Following last year’s pilot edition, in which the University of Tartu (UT) placed 5th, the ranking has now been extended to feature an additional 50 universities.
This year it has leapfrogged the University of Warsaw and taken 4th place, behind The Russia’s Lomonosov Moscow State University and Novosibirsk State University, and the Czech Republic’s Charles University.
Overall, Russian universities continue to dominate, accounting for almost a quarter of the top 100 universities, and 48 of the top 150. A total of 20 countries are featured at least once, and more than 500 universities were considered for inclusion.
In addition to UT, Estonia is also represented by Tallinn University of Technology (27th, one down from 2014), Tallinn University (101-110) and Estonian University of Life Sciences (NA).
First developed last year, the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia aims to highlight educational excellence across the EECA region. Universities are assessed on nine key performance indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, staff with a PhD, papers per faculty member, citations per paper, international faculty members, international students, and web impact.
Behind UT's high place in the rankings are its good academic reputation and large number of citations per academic paper, as well as employer reputation and the number of international faculty.
Although TUT has achieved even higher scores for the latter two indicators, its academic reputation and citation number are much lower.
Editor: M. Oll