On 2 September the annual ranking results of the world top universities were published by the Times Higher Education ranking (THE World University Rankings 2021). St Petersburg University has kept its place in the group – in just a year it has shown growth in four out of the five groups of performance indicators.

Although the number of universities participating in the ranking is only increasing, St Petersburg University firmly keeps its place in the ranked list. Last year the compilers of THE WUR took into account the performance indicators of 1,396 higher educational institutions all over the world. Today there are already 1,527, of which 48 are Russian universities. This is nine universities more than in 2019.

In the current version of the ranking, St Petersburg University has shown an increase in the number of points for most groups of performance indicators. Positive changes have been visible in such indicators as: Citations; Research; Industry Income; and International Outlook which recorded the largest growth.

Today, international applicants entering St Petersburg University are primarily attracted by the opportunities that open up for its students. These include: the Research Park with its cutting-edge equipment; research teams supervised by top scientists; double degree programmes; and many other opportunities.

Sergey Mikushev, Vice-Rector for Research of St Petersburg University

‘Despite the challenging epidemiological situation in the world, not only does interest in St Petersburg University not fade away, it even continues to grow. This year, out of 12,000 applications from foreigners to the universities of St Petersburg, 5,000 were submitted to St Petersburg University, and 2,500 of them from 91 foreign countries became students,’ said Sergey Mikushev, Vice-Rector for Research of St Petersburg University.

In total, the THE World University Rankings uses 13 indicators, combined into five groups: Teaching; Citations; Research; Industry Income; and International Outlook. The compilers of the ranked list collect data from three sources: they request statistical information from universities; study the Scopus bibliographic database; and also interview experts from the academic community.