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QS University Rankings: BRICS 2013


A new QS University Ranking has been released - BRICS 2013. This ranking shows the top 100 best-performing universities in the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).


This university ranking was developed in collaboration with the Russian news agency Interfax to reflect priorities and challenges for universities in the BRICS countries and show the top 100 universities. It is based upon two huge global surveys of academics and employers, combined with data on faculty/student ratio, research paper publications and citations, proportion of staff with a PhD, and percentages of international faculty and students.


The rating is based on eight indicators:


  1.  Academic reputation (30%) – based on a major global survey of academics, who are asked to identify the top-performing universities in their own field.
  2.  Employer reputation (20%) – based on a major global survey of graduate employers, who are asked to identify the universities that produce the best graduates.
  3.  Faculty/student ratio (20%) – based on the number of students enrolled per academic faculty member employed (this aims to give an idea of commitment to teaching quality).
  4.  Staff with a PhD (10%) – based on the ratio of academic staff members with a PhD.
  5.  Papers per faculty (10%) – based on the number of research papers published per academic staff member.
  6.  Citations per paper (5%) – based on the frequency with which the institution’s research is cited by other researchers.
  7.  International faculty (2.5%) – based on the percentage of faculty members who are international.
  8.  International students (2.5%) – based on the percentage of students who are international.


Overall the BRICS countries have shown stable high perfomance in the QS World University Rankings® in recent years, as governments in all five nations prioritize higher education, identifying its central role in unlocking their enormous economic potential. However this BRICS rating gives more precise and accurate information while also facilitating comparison of institutions in nations that share certain key socio-economic dynamics.


China has dominated the ranking with 40 mainland institutions making it into the top 100, compared with just 16 for economic rival India.


The remarkable news is that Lomonosov State University has scored the 3rd in the rating while 18 other Russian universities have also made it into top 100, which proves the quality and excellence of the LSU and Russian education. Among the top 19 Russian unis in the rating are: Saint-Petersburg State University — 14th place,  Novosibirsk State University — 22th place, Bauman Moscow State University — 33th place, Moscow State University of International Relations — 37th place, MPEI, Peoples` Friendship University, as well as a number of other federal universities. 


You can view QS University Rankings - BRICS 2013 on this link: http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/brics-rankings/2013#sorting=rank+country=+stars=false+search=


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