RUR Academic World University Rankings

RUR Rankings Agency in partnership with international company Thomson Reuters publishes its first world university ranking which evaluates the level of research performance of leading world universities.

There are many different concepts of higher education institution. Taking into account all of them, RUR Rankings Agency believes that education and science are equally important to university. That is why “teaching” and “research” dimensions have equal share in overall ranking methodology: 40%.

RUR Academic World University Rankings is designed to evaluate productivity of research conducted in universities, through the system of five simple but at the same time comprehensive evaluation criteria.

RUR Academic World University Rankings methodology

  1. Normalized citation impact
    • •  This indicator evaluates citations of research publications of all university authors compared with world averages. It demonstrates how much above or below in percentage the university is ranked in comparison with the world average (which is taken as 100%).

  2. Citation per papers
    • • This indicator shows average citations per one research publication. To measure this the number of all papers published by faculty and academic staff is divided by the number of citations, which come to the same papers.

  3. Papers per academic and research staff.
    • • Ratio between the number of research publications and the number of academic and research staff. This indicator evaluates average productivity of academic and research staff working in the university. The overall number of scientific publications is divided by the number of academic and research staff working in the university.

  4. International research reputation.
    • • International research reputation evaluates the perception of the university by international academic community. As part of this goal, Academic Reputation Survey is conducted annually. Participation in this survey is possible only by invitation from respondents (scientists whose publications are indexed in Web of Science). Respondents are asked to indicate to which university they would send their graduates for PhD programs.

  5. Share of research publications written in international co-authorship.
    • • This indicator evaluates the level of international cooperation of university in scientific research. For this purpose, share of publications written in co-authorship with at least one international resident regarding the location of the university is evaluated.


  • • Scientometrical (bibliometrical) indicators in RUR Research Performance World University Rankings are calculated via InCites analytical system. Period for counting publications and citations: 2009-2013. Publications type: Article, Note.

About Round University Ranking

Round University Ranking (RUR) is an international world university rankings system which measures performance of 850 leading world universities from 80 countries by 20 unique indicators and 4 key areas of university activities: teaching, research, international diversity, financial sustainability. RUR Rankings cover the period from 2010 to the present. In addition, the range of sub-rankings such as RUR Reputation and RUR Research Performance are published.

RUR Rankings is designed as an evaluation system aimed to provide sufficient information about university performance to address stakeholder's personal tasks: applicants and their families, students, academic community and university management.

About RUR Rankings Agency

RUR Rankings Agency is a Russian company based in Moscow. The Agency publishes world university ranking - Round University Ranking (RUR) and offers consulting services for universities to strengthen their competitiveness in higher education sector.