St Petersburg University has retained its third place in the QS EECA University Rankings, compiled by the British company Quacquarelli Symonds.
Despite strong competition, St Petersburg University has shown growth in the ranking by the following indicators: Papers per faculty; International students ratio; and Web impact. The University received the highest scores for its Academic reputation. Also, St Petersburg University was placed in the top 1% of universities as stated by the QS EECA University Rankings.
According to the results of the rankings, the number of international students studying at St Petersburg University remains consistently high. So, in 2021, St Petersburg University became the first university in Russia in terms of the number of applications submitted by international citizens. It should be reminded that earlier, St Petersburg University was the first higher education institution in Russia to open access to its online courses, being ranked as the best provider of online courses by international learning platforms. Today, over 250 St Petersburg University online courses are available to students, including those taught in different languages. The new courses launched by the University include ‘History of Russia’ (in English), ‘Rehabilitation after COVID-19’ and ‘The Middle East Literary Treasury’.
The QS ECCA University Rankings has been published since 2014 and are ones of the most authoritative university rankings. While compiling the ranking, ten indicators are taken into account: Academic reputation for five years (30%); Employer reputation for five years (20%); Papers per faculty (10%); Citations per paper (5%); International research network (10%); Web impact (5%); Faculty/student ratio (10%); Staff with a PhD (5%); International students ratio (2.5%); and International faculty ratio (2.5%).
This year, experts from the Quacquarelli Symonds EECA University Rankings assessed the performance of the top 350 universities in the region. In the overall ranking, St Petersburg University took third place. Only Lomonosov Moscow State University and Charles University (the Czech Republic) had higher places in the ranking. In spite of the increase in the number of participants, the University held its position in the top three.