It’s been two years since the first edition of the QS University Rankings by Region: EECA (Emerging Europe Central Asia), yet the region has seen a lot of change within its HE system in this short space of time.This year’s ranking includes 200 universities – 50 more than last year – from across 21 different nations. Here are nine interesting findings from our latest release to take away:
1. Russia’s universities once again rule the regional rankings
- All the top three places are taken by Russian universities.
- 64 Russian universities feature in this ranking, more than any other nation.
- Within the top 100, Russia’s biggest riser is the National University of Science and Technology (MISIS), which jumps a huge 12 places to 63rd.
2. Turkey holds its own
- Turkey has drawn level with Russia, boasting five top 20 universities in the rankings.
- Turkey’s highest ranked university is Bogaziçi Üniversitesi, which has climbed eight places since last year, coming in 9th.
- Bilkent University, Sabanci University, Middle East Technical University, and Koç University all feature in the top 20.
- Turkey has the second highest number of universities in the ranking after Russia.
3. Poland makes it into the top 10
- Two Polish universities are ranked in the top 10: The University of Warsaw, 6th, and Jagiellonian University, 7th.
- Warsaw University of Technology has risen six places, placing it in the top 20.
- A total of 15 Polish universities are featured in this year’s ranking, placing Poland in 4th place when it comes to largest national representation.
- Two more Polish universities have been added since last year: the University of Bialystock and the University of Rzeszów.
4. Lithuania slips from the top 20
- Vilnius University slips out of the top 20, meaning Lithuania loses its hold on the leader board.
- A similar picture emerges in the top 50, Kaunas University of Technology loses one place, moving to 51st.
- Seven Lithuanian universities feature in this year’s EECA university rankings – two more than last year.
5. Kazakhstan breaks into the top 20
- Al-Farabi Kazakh National University climbs 10 places this year, putting it straight into the top 20: a first for the country.
- Within the top 50, two other universities in Kazakhstan are featured: L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University and Kazakh National Technical University.
- 18 Kazakh universities are featured this year, making this country the third most-represented in the EECA Ranking
6. A strong year for Hungary
- Five Hungarian universities are among the region’s top 50 in this year’s rankings.
- Once again, The University of Szeged remains the country’s top ranked institution.
- Budapest University of Technology and Economics climbs 10 places to 22nd, but Eotvos Lorand University drops 11 places to 27th.
- Hungary has eight universities in the published ranking.
7. Bulgaria triples its representation
- Thanks to the expansion of the ranking, Bulgaria now has three times as many institutions featured.
- Sofia University is still the highest ranked institution, coming in in the top 50.
- The American University in Bulgaria and Trakia University are the two newcomers, both entering the top 200.
8. The Czech Republic is among the region’s elite
- Three Czech universities are among the top 10 this year.
- Charles University is the highest ranked, coming in 4th.
- In 7th place is the Czech Technical University in Prague, and Masaryk University comes in 10th.
- 12 universities from The Czech Republic are featured, an increase of five for this year’s release.
9. Belarus & Azerbaijan struggle
- Belarus holds the same number of universities in the top 100 as it did last year: two.
- However, both institutions have fallen in the rankings: Belarus State University is down three places to 29th and The Belarusian National Technical University slides eight places to 80th.
- In Azerbaijan, Khazar University remains its highest ranked institution but drops from 67th to 68th.
- Baku State University drops five places and is now ranked 88th.
- Qafqaz University also falls from 78th to 89th.
For the full picture, and a look at the methodology, explore the full rankings: