Having moved up one line and ranked 37th in 2020, Lomonosov Moscow State University became the only Russian university to make it into the Top 40 best universities in the world. The Times Higher Education University Reputation Rankings are trusted by academics, students and governments around the world. The rating is compiled on the basis of 13 indicators, combined into 5 groups: training and educational environment, scientific work, citation of scientific publications, international mobility of students and staff.
In the QS 2021 ranking, Moscow State University immediately rose 10 positions higher compared to the results of last year. Since 2014, Moscow University has consistently remained the best Russian university selected by international experts. Among the strengths of the university highlighted in the ranking are, first of all, the reputation in the world academic community, which is estimated according to the reviews of 100+ thousand representatives of scientific and educational institutions around the world, as well as the active work of Moscow State University to attract foreign students and teachers.
In 2020, Shanghai Ranking Consultancy presented a new version of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the annual ranking of the best universities in the world. The ranking includes 11 Russian universities, with Lomonosov Moscow State University occupiying the leading position. When compiling the ranking, 6 indicators are taken into account: the number of Nobel or Fields laureates among alumni and employees, the number of highly cited researchers, the number of articles published in the "Nature and Science" journal, the number of articles indexed in the Science Citation Index, and the weighted indicator of aforementioned indicators per a university employee.
The international ranking "Three missions of the university" assesses the three key missions of the university: education, science and interaction with society. To compile the rating, only objective criteria approved by an international group of experts are used. In 2020, this ranking included 1500 universities from 97 countries of the world, including 101 universities from Russia. Lomonosov Moscow State University is the leader among Russian universities.