Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) published the QS BRICS University Rankings 2018 (featuring Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). Tomsk Polytechnic University entered the top-50 of the ranking having improved its position from 64th to 49th compared to the previous year. TPU ranks the third on the ratio of international students in BRICS countries.
The QS BRICS University Rankings 2018 feature 300 top universities from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The BRICS ranking is compiled using eight different indicators, including the ratio of faculty to students, the proportion of academic staff with a PhD and the institution’s reputation among academics and employers.
TPU Rector Petr Chubik comments on the results of QS BRICS University Rankings 2018:
‘In any international rankings, the dynamics of upward movement is important for us, evidencing that the university does not stand still, enhances capacity and improves its development indicators. In the BRICS ranking we climbed 15 positions and entered top 50. This is not bad as QS BRICS differs from the general QS World University Rankings, in particular, the weight of the ratio of international faculty and students was decreased, where Tomsk Polytechnic University traditionally takes high positions in the world.’
The rector of the university notes that TPU has a high level of interaction with BRICS countries. For example, TPU has been cooperating with Chinese universities for more than fifteen years.
Currently, 335 Chinese students study at TPU, including on undergraduate programs 2+2 which are implemented jointly with Jilin University and Shenyang Ligong University. Twenty-six students from the Peoples’ Republic of China pursue PhD programs. In recent years, the number of Indian students, studying at TPU in English, has grown considerably.
A number of important joint projects is being implemented within the framework of the BRICS Network University, where TPU acts as a participant from Russia.
The University is a coordinator of the international group in the BRICS Network University on Water Resources and Pollution Neutralization.
Together with Hohai University (China) and the National Institute of Technology Durgapur (India) TPU scientists are developing a master program Quality of Natural Waters and Water Treatment. Its graduates will deal with issues related to problems of water resources, fight against their pollution, as well as pure water supply.
Petr Chubik adds: ‘Besides, we are able to provide not only qualitative theoretical education, but also practical training, i.e. innovative water treatment facilities, designed and manufactured at TPU, operating in remote areas in many regions of Siberia, including areas along the Power of Siberia gas pipeline.’