ETU “LETI” in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking

ETU “LETI” in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking

Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” has made it into the list of leading world universities according to Times Higher Education.

04.10.2018 1962

Times Higher Education, a British magazine that specializes in higher education, published the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 (THE) that included more than 1250 world universities from 86 countries.

It is the first time Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” has made it into the ranking and assumed the 1001+ position.

"The fact that the university made it into the Times Higher Education world university ranking is not unexpected for us because we have been working on it for several years now. We have achieved a lot in priority areas of research and conducted a rebrand. We are consistently increasing the number of publications and citation index among leading researchers of the university, inviting academics from overseas for implementing joint research projects and education programs in English. There are 6 Master’s level programs and 1 Postgraduate program in English at the university at the moment. However we are planning to raise their amount to 20. We host and participate in major international conferences, forums and exhibitions. The abovementioned factors contribute significantly to ETU reputation internationally.

We were not represented in the ranking before because of the requirement to the amount of publications in a five year period imposed by the ranking. Due to that we were not able to meet this requirement in 2012 and were not considered in spite of the strong performance in other areas. Now we hope that we will be rising in the THE and other ranking systems in the future."

Viktor N. Sheludko, Rector of ETU

ETU is the part of the Project 5-100, a Russian academic excellence program, which is the catalyst for ETU to transform its academic structure, modernize the management system, strengthen its HR potential, increase publication activity, shape the itself into a leading research and innovation center, develop education standards and programs on cutting-edge technologies in order to train engineers for the needs of the digital economy, promote the university in the global research and education space, create a positive image and promote the brand of the university.  

According to Phil Baty, Editorial Director of Times Higher Education, the fact that new Russian higher education institutions are now popping up in the ranking is a very good sign which signifies that more and more Russian universities are learning from international experience and best practices. Russia has enough potential to assume key roles in the world of higher education. Lately Russian universities have strengthened their positions considerably.

In 2018, Lomonosov Moscow State University made it to the 199th position, the best result among Russian universities. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology was the best among Project 5-100 members (251-300).

ITMO University, St. Petersburg University and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University were among the St. Petersburg-based universities that made it in the ranking as well.

Three best world universities, according to THE, are University of Oxford and University of Cambridge from Great Britain, as well as Stanford University from the US.

For future reference

Times Higher Education World University Rankings is being published since 2004 and it conducts assessment of research universities in all spheres of their activity. The ranking is based on the following data: expert surveys, university activity analysis and audit information that is provided by Thomson Reuters media company.

13 performance indicators are grouped into five areas: teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), International outlook (staff, students and research), Industry income (knowledge transfer). THE is annually published by Times Higher Education magazine.