On Nov. 7, the British magazine Times Higher Education, published a global ranking of the best universities in natural sciences. The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has stood its ground as one of the top 50 universities for physics. THE has also named MIPT among the best 250 schools for life science, making it Russia’s second university in that list.
THE compiles annual subject rankings of universities, which are rated based on 13 performance indicators that cover research, teaching, citations, industry income, and international outlook.
“Every year MIPT confirms its status as a leader in Russian natural science education,” said the Institute’s Rector Nikolay Kudryavtsev. “We do not stop at that and consistently pursue our priority lines of development: artificial intelligence, quantum technology, promising two-dimensional materials, as well as genetics and aging research. It is evident that MIPT is gaining international recognition for the high level of instruction not just in physics but in life science as well. This is a result of a concerted effort to bring talented young people into science, open new labs for leading researchers — the students’ future mentors — and strengthen the ties with the academy and tech companies.”
“Life sciences are gradually becoming a priority field of applied research at MIPT, along with physics and computer science,” said Vitaly Bagan, the school’s vice rector for fundamental science and development. “The Biomembranes conference held this year was a foremost event in Russia in the field of molecular and cell biology. It attracted about 600 leading researchers working in that area. MIPT’s Research Center for Molecular Mechanisms of Aging, which organized the conference, is establishing numerous international contacts, including that with Ernst Bamberg, the founder of optogenetics. The center is also actively engaged in reclaiming talented young specialists. For example, its Laboratory for Structural Analysis and Engineering of Membrane Proteins is headed by Ivan Gushchin, a young researcher who returned to Russia after a period of work in Germany. His recent research conducted at MIPT has been published in the journal Science. Another researcher who returned to work at the center for aging research is Vitaly Shevchenko, who also trains Russia’s physics team for international student contests. At this year’s International Physics Olympiad, he guided the national team toward winning four gold and one silver medal.”