When it comes to the choice of a university, many factors influence students’ decisions. Teaching and research quality and reputation of a university are significant contributors to its international and local appeal. Today different university rankings help students explore performance indicators of universities around the world without leaving their homes. That is why university’s inclusion into world university rankings is a sign of its recognition in the international academic and research environment.

As a result of consistent and hard work, South Ural State University continuously improves its ranking positions in Russia and abroad. The University is building a strong international reputation and is becoming a fierce competitor in the education market.


In 2019 South Ural State University was ranked among the world’s best universities by QS World University Rankings. This academic ranking is among the most influential university rankings in the world. Every year QS World University Rankings assess over 4 thousand universities around the world and publish a list of the best academic institutions. Published annually, QS World University Rankings by Subject helps prospective students identify the leaders in their chosen academic and research fields.

South Ural State University is proud to be among the 27 Russian universities and the only university of the Chelyabinsk region ranked in QS WUR.

QS WUR Methodology

QS WUR evaluate all universities according to its six metrics:

  1. Academic reputation (world’s academic survey on teaching and research quality of universities)
  2. Employer reputation (world’s employer survey on the most competent university graduates)
  3. Faculty/student ratio (university teaching quality depending on the number of academic staff per student)
  4. Citations per faculty (university research quality depending on the number of citations per one academic staff)
  5. International faculty ratio (university cultural diversity depending on the number of the international team)
  6. International student ratio (university cultural diversity depending on the number of international students)

Ranked in QS World University Rankings, South Ural State University has also been recognised by QS EECA University Rankings (Eastern Europe & Central Asia), and QS BRICS University Rankings.

Times Higher Education International Ranking

For the first time, Times Higher Education International Ranking Agency published results of the new ranking called THE Impact Ranking 2019, in which SUSU took a rightful place.

THE Impact Ranking is a new ranking published by an authoritative ranking agency called Times Higher Education which evaluates universities from the position of their involvement into the process of achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved by the UN General Assembly on September 25 of 2015. In its first issue, THE Impact Ranking evaluated operation of higher education institutions by 11 out of 17 of the sustainable development goals approved by the UN. The ranking is based on data provided by universities themselves as well as by Elsevier publishing house, acting as a provider of bibliometric data.

Analysis experts from Times Higher Education especially emphasized SUSU’s accomplishments in implementation of such sustainable development goals as Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (the 97th place in the world); Sustainable Cities and Communities (places 101-200 in the world); and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (places 101-200 in the world). Let us note that South Ural State University was placed the 301st+ in THE Impact Ranking general global ranking.

Three Missions University Ranking

Three Missions University Ranking was initiated by the Russian Union of Rectors. The rating operator is the Association of Compilers of Ratings, Rankings and Other Performance Assessments. The members of the association are the leading rating and research centers. While ranking a university the specialists take into account three university missions - education, science and social interaction.

Also the rating “Three University Missions” considers the size of the Internet audience of the university’s website, the number of winners of international student competitions and the ratio of the university’s budget to the number of students.


In 2018 Forbes magazine published its first ranking of Russian universities, in which South Ural State University took the 90th place. The ranking aims at evaluating the quality of the Russian education and finding out which universities release specialists with entrepreneurial talents, who could feature in the Forbes List in the future or become part of the Russian political elite.

The ranking is based on the data of the activity efficiency monitoring for more than 600 institutions of higher education prepared by the Ministry of Education. The method of ranking takes into account not only the quality of education, but also statistical data on the employment of graduates, the demand for them in regions, and the number of entrepreneurs among them. Also, Forbes studied the biographies pf over 1,600 representatives of the Russian elite — members of the Forbes List and their children, heads of private and state-owned companies, public officials, and parliamentarians.


RUR World University Ranking aims to provide various audiences with a comprehensive analysis of the world’s universities. Every year the RUR system evaluates universities according to the twenty indicators grouped into the following categories:

  1. Teaching quality
  2. Research quality
  3. International Diversity (students and staff)
  4. Financial Sustainability

In 2019, South Ural State University became one of the world’s leading universities according to RUR World University Rankings.


RUR Technical Sciences World University Ranking specifically evaluates university courses in technology and engineering. The ranking examines 52 subjects such as Mechanical Engineering, Mining & Metallurgy, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, etc.

In 2019, South Ural State University was ranked among the world’s best universities for technology and engineering degrees.


RankPro World University Rankings evaluates universities based on the views of the world’s academic and research staff. Universities are ranked according to a set of indicators grouped into the following categories:

  1. Academic performance
  2. BC-index (information available on university home page (English version))
  3. Reputation (national and international)

In 2018, South Ural State University improved its position in RankPro compared to the previous year.


Aimed to improve the available information about universities on the Internet, Webometrics Ranking of World Universities examines universities’ web presence and the volume and quality of its content online. The Webometrics Ranking evaluated over 12 000 university websites according to the following criteria:

  1. Web presence (total number of web pages)
  2. Impact (quality of web content, number of backlinks/back domains)
  3. Research excellence (number of research papers in high impact journals)
  4. Openness (total number of documents in pdf, doc, ppt, etc.)

In 2019 South Ural State University visibly improved its position in Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. 


uniRank University Ranking is a non-academic ranking that focuses on the evaluation of universities’ web presence and popularity to provide a better understanding of the visibility and recognition of universities in foreign countries. To rank the web presence of universities, uniRank University Ranking uses five independent web metrics from four web intelligence sources:

  1. Domain authority (quality and quantity of external links according to Google) by Moz Domain Authority
  2. Domain popularity (number of visitors and viewed pages) by Alexa Global Rank
  3. Digital market share (number of visitors and quality and quantity of resources) by SimilarWeb Global Rank
  4. Quality and number of external links by Majestic Referring Domains
  5. Online prominence (quality of link profile)

With uniRank University Ranking assessing over 13 000 universities worldwide, South Ural State University is more than 11 000 universities ahead!


Expert Ra (RAEX) is the largest credit rating agency in Russia. Apart from debt ratings, the company regularly issues the ranking of Russian universities. The universities are ranked depending on the quantitative and qualitative indicators of academic and research performance and the universities’ employer reputation.


As one of the Russian most trusted independent news agencies, Interfax have their Russian university ranking to offer that includes six indicators:

  1. Academic performance
  2. Research performance
  3. University social engagement
  4. International and regional collaboration
  5. Innovations
  6. Brand communication

South Ural State University is among the institutions officially recognised by Interfax university ranking.


In 2018, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) published their Website Internationalization Ranking. Analysis of 65 English-version websites of Russian universities revealed the country’s leading institutions in terms of their web presence and engagement. RIAC specialists examined the number of university web pages and their quality in English according to a set of criteria. South Ural State University is among the top 20 Russian universities for English-language website version.

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