05/30/2018 20:02:00

THE ranks two Russian universities among 100 most prestigious schools globally

The British Times Higher Education magazine has published a list of the world’s top 100 educational institutions in terms of reputation. Back to its 2016 position, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology is at No. 91-100. The other Russian school that made it into top 100 is Lomonosov Moscow State University, at No. 33.

The THE World Reputation Rankings have been published since 2011. This year’s installment reflects the opinions of 10,323 scientists from 133 countries. The ranking uses a survey of leading academics worldwide to determine which universities are the most prestigious. This year’s list is topped by Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University.

“MIPT has been steadily improving its international standing. This is happening thanks both to our high-profile graduates and the research done at the Institute,” says MIPT Rector Nikolay Kudryavtsev. “Among MIPT alumni are Nobel laureates Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, as well as astrophysicist Rashid Sunyaev, founder of ABBYY David Yang, and other prominent scientists and tech entrepreneurs.

“As for the research conducted at MIPT, the reputation gain is primarily associated with the integration of efforts on the part of the Institute, our partner institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and companies in the high-tech industry. These efforts aim to meet the scientific and technological challenges of the digital economy and other priority lines of research and development. Among them is artificial intelligence, one of the most promising technologies of tomorrow. In 2017, MIPT beat the competition to become a national center of competences for AI research under the National Technology Initiative. We conduct joint research in the priority fields of inquiry with our partners from the Russian Academy of Sciences,” adds the school’s rector.

“In addition, the Institute is incentivizing talented Russian researchers working abroad to return,” Kudryavtsev explains. “This year, we are creating 15 positions for such researchers. One of the scientists we’ve prompted to return to Russia completed postdoctoral studies at Oxford University. These are the real steps that are being taken to ensure that our reputation grows.”

Vitaliy Bagan, MIPT’s vice rector for fundamental science and development, also comments on the ranking: “Project 5-100 has enabled MIPT to attract highly qualified researchers and professors. Last year, we established 13 new MIPT laboratories, and earlier this year, we launched a competition for the integration of the competences of the leading institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences.”

“This competition will see academic labs established jointly with RAS institutes,” he goes on. “The formal evaluation phase is almost over, and we are about to announce the nine new laboratories that will be opened. According to the terms of the competition, the labs will be headed by leading scientists of RAS, while young MIPT researchers will be appointed deputy heads. This means that the initiative can both attract high-ranking experts from the academy and involve even more of our students in advanced research.”

“Also, in 2017 we hired 17 high-profile visiting professors from the United States, France, Switzerland, and elsewhere to work at MIPT. In addition to heading research groups, they read lectures in specialized courses on the most advanced areas of scientific inquiry,” says the vice rector. 
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