For the first time, St Petersburg University has entered the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects – 2020 (ARWU) in Mining & Mineral Engineering, where it has taken a place in the world’s top 100 universities. In this subject, the University is included in the 76–100 group and shows the best result among Russian higher educational institutions. 

Additionally, the University managed to confirm its position in the top 100 universities in Automation and Control.  According to this year’s ARWU subject ranking, it also shows the best result among Russian universities. The University occupies traditionally high places in mathematics – it is included in the 151–200 group. Also, for the first time, the University appeared in the ranked list in Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, where it shares the first place in Russia with Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Every year, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy complies an academic ranking of world universities by subjects on the basis of five key parameters. These are: research output (Q1); citation index (CNCI); international cooperation (IC); the number of articles published in top journals (Top); and the number of alumni and staff winning international awards (Award).

This success is largely due to advanced research carried out by such world-famous experts as: Professor Raul Gainetdinov, Director of the Institute of Translational Biomedicine at St Petersburg University, Academic Supervisor of the Pirogov Clinic of High Medical Technologies at St Petersburg University, and one of the most highly cited researchers in pharmacology in the world; Arto Urtti, Head of the Laboratory of Biohybrid Technologies of the Institute of Chemistry at St Petersburg University, Head of the Division of Pharmaceutical Biosciences at the University of Helsinki and one of the world leading pharmacologists; and many other colleagues.

The compilers of the subject ranking, the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, analysed the activities of over 4,000 universities throughout the world and ranked them in 54 disciplines in five fields of knowledge: natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, social sciences, and medical sciences.