International College of Economics and Finance

HSE Tops Forbes College Ranking For Third Year Running

HSE Tops Forbes College Ranking For Third Year Running


For the third year running, the Higher School of Economics is leading the top 100 Russian universities ranking, released by Forbes magazine for the fifth time.

With 28 points out of 30 possible, HSE is an absolute leader in Graduate Employability and has, for two years in a row, been claimed best by the employer surveys. For the purposes of this parameter, the authors of the rating asked Forbes 100 top Russian employers two questions: “Which universities are producing graduates that are your best fits?” and “Which universities do you think provide best training?” HSE is leading the rating also as best school in terms of the networking quality, scoring 27 out of 30 points.

ICEF, in turn, ranks first among Moscow’s top economics and finance schools according to HeadHunter, Russia’s largest online recruitment platform – a factor increasing the prestige of HSE University in the eyes of the employers.

Forbes’ long list includes 635 universities. As noted by the authors of rating, the metropolitan universities continue to enjoy a strong competitive position: featuring in the Top 10 are seven Moscow-based, two St. Petersburg-based and only one regional university (The Ural Federal University). The Top 5 of the rating include Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, St. Petersburg State University, and MGIMO.

Forbes ranking uses five key metrics: Graduate Employability, Networking Quality, Instruction Quality, Reputation Abroad, and the Forbes Factor. Its analysts rely on data from the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Forbes survey of the top 100 Russian employers, as well as open-source data. This year’s rating had to cut two of the parameters within Internationalization – International Enrollment and Internships Abroad – with the metric Reputation Abroad fully retained as showing the Russian universities’ positions in world’s leading rankings.