17 June 2020

On June 16th, an online roundtable was held on “The decade of participation of Ukrainian universities in the QS ranking: problems and prospects”. The event was attended by representatives of QS Quacquarelli Symonds (Great Britain), the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, and six Ukrainian universities, which entered the TOP-1000 of the QS ranking this year. Sumy State University was represented by the rector Anatoliy Vasylyev.

The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine highlighted the importance of Ukrainian universities presentation in the ranking, as QS has a time-tested methodology and reputation, and is, therefore, a good landmark for the state to independently evaluate higher education institutions.

The QS representatives noted the importance of scientometric indicators in the ranking methodology, as well as evaluations from academic experts and employers that the company receives as a result of the annual large-scale sociological survey.

SumDU participation in the Reimagine Education 2019 exhibition in London was noted as a positive example of positioning the achievements of Ukrainian higher education in the international arena. Zoia Zaitseva, the Head of International Partnerships at QS company: “The stand of Sumy State University with the virtual reality was one of the most popular at the London event. Visitors were very delighted and they noted it in their reviews."

SumDU rector Anatoliy Vasylyev shared his experience in organizing the university's participation in international rankings, including QS: “The goal of entering the ranking was set exactly 10 years ago. Having analyzed all known rankings, we have created a register of key indicators that determine the level of the world-class university. This system of indicators has shaped the development of an incentive system, multifaceted, multilevel, sufficiently detailed, and with appropriate bonuses. We have created our own internal ranking, which works for the same indicators, and created a high-tech Center for Benchmarking. Such an approach works well for the entire staff of the university.”

It is worth reminding that SumDU was first included in the QS ranking in 2014 and for the last seven years in a row is defined as a university with high research intensity. The university became the first in Ukraine to pass the independent audit of QA Stars in 2013, receiving the highest marks (5 stars) in several nominations. Since 2017, SumDU has included in the TOP-150 “fastest-rising young stars” of the higher education world by the QS.