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Moscow State University ranks 50th globally, The Times says

6 Mar '13
Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) has once again returned to The Times’ most recent ranking of 100 best international universities, now ranking 50th and sharing the place with University of Sydney), The Times reports. MSU still remains Russia’s only university to be considered among the hundred best.

The ranking has been put together by Times Higher Education, an influential education-oriented supplement of the British newspaper, with support from Thomson Reuters.

The paper publishes annual World University Rankings based on how its experts view the quality of educational and research programs at international universities, the quotability of scientific articles, the number of foreign students; other parameters are also taken into consideration. In 2011, a separate “professors reputation” ranking was first published. To prepare the 2013 ranking Times Higher Education is reported to have polled 16,600 people in “a few dozen countries.”

Twenty countries are represented in the most recent ranking. The U.S. and the UK are still most widely represented as the experts polled consider their universities “the most prestigious.”

The Top Six has not changed names over the past two years. For a third year running, Harvard is number one, followed by MIT. Number three is Cambridge, the UK’s most successful university, according to The Times, followed by its archrival Oxford. University of California in Berkeley and Stanford University rank fifth and sixth, respectively.

The authors of the ranking emphasize that these universities’ dominant positions are highly unlikely to be challenged in a foreseeable future.

The supremacy of the U.S. has been diluted a tad, according to the ranking; there are 43 American universities on the list where two years ago there were 45. However, international professors still regard US universities as the best. In addition to American and British universities, the Top 20 this year also includes Japan, Canada, and Switzerland.

Of all the BRIC countries, only India is not represented in the ranking this year (for a second year running). In 2012, Russia also fell out of the The Times list; while in 2011, Russia’s MSU ranked 33rd.
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