Belarusian State University (BSU) climbed 100 positions up in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking by subject. The updated rankings in 51 subjects were unveiled on 4 March, BelTA learned from the BSU press service.
“The BSU moved 100 positions up in the QS Physics & Astronomy ranking and placed in the 451-500 group among almost 30,000 universities. This leap was possible thanks to the university's improving reputation among experts and the growing number of articles on these subjects and citations of articles,” the press service said.
The rankings by subjects are meant to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. Depending on the subject, the rankings include from 50 to 600 strongest universities in individual subject areas. The QS methodology measures four components: academic and employer reputation based on responses of academics and employers worldwide, average number of citations per paper in the past five-year period, and a university's H-index in this field. The ranking does not take into account large-scale collaborations with the participation of the BSU. Even despite this, the BSU is among the strongest universities in physics and astronomy globally.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology topped the QS Physics & Astronomy ranking. As for Belarus' neighboring countries, the ranking featured 16 Russian universities, including Lomonosov Moscow State University (29th), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (50th), National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (86th), Novosibirsk State University (90th), six Polish universities led by the University of Warsaw (151-200), Lithuania's Vilnius University (301-350), Ukraine's Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (401-450), and Estonia's University of Tartu (451-500).
The BSU is the only Belarusian university that has been in the QS Physics & Astronomy ranking since 2017. The BSU also made it into six ranking by other agencies: Shanghai Ranking Consultancy ranking in physics (201+), Times Higher Education rankings in engineering and technology subjects (601+) and physical sciences (801+), U.S. News rankings in physics (176) and chemistry (612), and the URAP ranking in physical sciences (778). The BSU is also featured in the global university rankings, including the QS World University Rankings at 317, and in the U.S. News best global universities ranking at 367