A working visit of QS Regional Director to the Mining University
The Mining University was visited by Zoya Zaitseva, the Regional Director in Eastern Europe and Central Asia of reputable QS Ranking Agency (Great Britain). She held a seminar for the university’s staff and discussed some topical issues with Rector Vladimir Litvinenko.
QS World University Rankings agency is considered one of the most influential global research of higher educational institutions. Institutes are assessed in accordance with the following criteria: activity and quality of scientific survey, balance between teachers and students, publication activities, reputation among employers, that is graduates’ career potential, and internationalization - proportion of foreign students among all students and personnel.
Annually, the QS Ranking agency assesses more than 2.5 thousand institutes in all countries. As result of the work, the list of top-600 is made as well as rankings of separate subjects and scientific disciplines. For instance, last year top-100 universities teaching students in mining included three Russian higher educational institutions: Saint-Petersburg Mining University, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas and Saint Petersburg State University.
Of course, such rankings are not the only indices of success and competitiveness of one or another university. According to Zoya Zaitseva, “they should not be regarded as of paramount importance. They are like thermometer which shows the temperature but does not change it. The tendency towards harmonic development of the university is much more important.”
Nevertheless, accented interest to rankings both from representatives of higher school and science, and enrollees automatically makes the analytic activity of big ranking agencies, such as QS, a serious mechanism which confirms acknowledgement from the world expert society. Thus, modern higher educational institutes should give special attention to the criteria which are used by consulting companies for assessing the institutes performance.
Zoya Zaitseva emphasized that the Mining University is known in the world as one of the leaders of field-specific education. Recently, its authorities have done considerable work to reflect the status in the appropriate ranking. “Those strategic steps which were taken in the areas of publication activities and internationalization have certainly come to meaningful results”, - said QS Regional Director in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. “Much is done, but much is off to be done”.
During the visit to the Mining University Soya Zaitseva got familiarized with study rooms, computer classes, laboratories and sports complex of the Engineering Building. She particularly noted that the sports facilities of the university are one of the best in Russia. The optimized division into game-, power- and cardio-zones allows the students to use the facilities most effectively.
After visiting the Mining Museum, the Main Library and several academic centers, being created jointly with Schneider Electric, Orica and others, the guest from London held a working meeting with Rector Vladimir Litvinenko. During the meeting the parties discussed key strengths of the university or, so called, “zones of improvement”, and determined of certain topics being discussed at the seminar “Competitive recovery of the university”.
The seminar was held by Zoya Zaitseva especially for the university’s staff. The QS company representative told the audience about the methodology of rankings, contribution of each scientist to indices increase, assessed the work of some other higher educational institutions of different world countries which facilitates or prevents the growth. She particularly touched upon the problems of presenting materials on the university’s website, determined mechanisms of their influence on users.
Listing out the main advantages of the Mining University, Zoya Zaitseva firstly noted the balance between students and professors, which is very important for students and enrollees, and great interest of domestic employers in graduates of the oldest technical institute of Russia.