QS Top Universities recently published a classification of 2015’s higher education institutions. Starting 2014, QS Top Universities is also doing an Emerging Europe & Central Asia ranking, looking at the 20 ex-communist bloc countries in this region that share similar problems regarding the transition period they have been passing.
It obviously makes more sense to compare ourselves with those universities that for the past 25 years have had a similar journey and similar problems with Romanian universities than the higher education institutions coming from developed countries, with hundreds of years of tradition and bigger annual budgets than that of the entire Romanian university system. So in this new ranking, the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iași (TUIASI) occupies a well-deserved 5th national place and a 62nd regional place.
What sets the QS Top Universities ranking apart from others is that a series of parameters are evaluated taking into consideration the size of the university, a thing that all rankings should actually look at. When classifying universities, it’s not really logical to compare an institution having 20,000 professors and researchers with one with just 1,000 professors. So in this sense TUIASI has had a great result regarding scientific productivity per professor. “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi got the highest score in Romania at papers per faculty (79.7 p), followed by “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi (77.3 p), University of Bucharest (70,2 p), “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj (68.9 p), and West University of Timisoara (46,7 p). TUIASI is also well ranked on a regional level, having a close score to Lomonosov University (85,4p), the first in the regional ranking and having a higher score than some universities in the top 10, like Saint-Petersburg State University (46,9 p), 5th place, University of Warsaw (62,4 p), 6th place, Jagiellonian University (56,4 p), 7th place, or the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology State University (58,3 p), 10th place.
One can also see the progress made by TUIASI since 2014, when it scored 43,1p in the general run, compared to 51,4 this year.
The Emerging Europe & Central Asia rankings can be seen here.