MGIMO Soars in QS Subject Rankings

4 March 2021

March 4th, the international agency QS unveiled the results of its “World University Rankings: By Subject”. This year, QS experts evaluated 1453 universities from 157 countries and their performance in 51 narrow and five broad subject areas. Since last year, MGIMO moved up to the 1st place in Russia and the 41st globally in "Politics and International Relations" and made it into the top 150 for "Modern Languages". It has also improved on its previous rank in “Law", "Economics and Econometrics”, “Linguistics” and “Business and Management”.

MGIMO has featured in the top 100 of the world’s leading universities for "Politics and International Relations" for three consecutive years.

Alongside the rankings of universities in narrow subject areas, QS assesses the performance of universities in broader categories. Over the past year, MGIMO has climbed 96 positions and taken the 201st place in the world for the broad field of knowledge "Social Sciences and Management".

The calculation methodology of QS depends on the subject area: for “Politics and International Relations” four criteria are assessed: academic reputation (50% of the final grade), reputation among employers (30%), number of citations per published article (10%) and Hirsch index (10%). For “Law”, the number of citations has a smaller weight (5%) while the H-index has a higher impact (15%). The Modern Languages ranking draws entirely upon the university's reputation in the academic and professional communities.

As is the case with the main QS World University Ranking, the United States came out first when considering the overall number of universities in the final table (508 universities versus 441 last year), followed by China (200 universities against 131 universities last year), France (197 universities), India (177 universities), Great Britain (172 universities), Russia (170 universities), Germany (135 universities), Japan (129 universities), the Republic of Korea (112 universities), and Brazil (98 universities).

MGIMO Soars in QS Subject Rankings