AltSU for the 4th time entered the top three in the Russian Federation in the global THE University Impact Rankings

5 May 2022 Department of Information and Media Communication

On April 27, 2022, the British edition of Times Higher Education published the fourth edition of THE University Impact Rankings, which assesses the impact of universities on the development of society and the achievement of the UN sustainable development goals. The ranking includes 1406 of the strongest universities in the world.

The ranking takes into account the achievements of the 17 goals, and also forms a general list - University Impact Rankings 2022, which includes 94 Russian universities, 19 more than in 2021.

It should be noted that, despite a significant annual increase in participants (+291 universities by 2021, +347 universities by 2020), AltSU maintains its position among the universities of the Russian Federation, and for the fourth year in a row has been among the top three universities in the Russian Federation, occupying the highest positions in this global ranking.

See AltSU positions in THE University Impact Rankings

In particular, in 2022, Altai State University took 201-300 positions in the world and is in the TOP-3 of the leading universities in Russia according to the criteria of this ranking, between Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) and Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University (KFU).

The strongest position of AltSU in the ranking at the end of 2021 remains the contribution to the achievement of a UN goal in the field of sustainable development of society “Goal No. 4. Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

Within the framework of this goal, the UN AltSU ensures the availability of educational resources of the university for the population, holding open lectures, summer schools, developing a system of specialized classes and further vocational education.

The platform of continuing education of the university allows annually involving more than 20 thousand residents of the region and other regions in scientific and educational projects.

In 2021, the university received the status of the federal innovation platform "New Models of Pedagogical Education at the University."

Solving the problem of developing the human resources potential of the region, more than 100 new basic professional educational programs have been developed and are being implemented. Of these, 45 programs are synchronized with the research areas of the university, and 55 programs aim to develop digital skills. Particular attention is paid to the preparation of students commissioned by the real sector of the economy: 10 network master's programs have been developed and are being implemented on an interdisciplinary basis. Project-based learning is implemented jointly with 300 industrial partners.

The University also continues to form its multicultural environment, including due to the implementation of 40 joint educational programs with foreign universities. 120 online courses have been created in Russian and English for master's joint educational double diploma programs with universities participating in the Greater Altai Consortium. The share of foreign students of the university, taking into account the network form of education, reached 24% (almost 2.7 thousand people), the share of foreign faculty increased to 8% (70 people).

In 2021, the University was actively involved in the implementation of the Human Resources for the Digital Economy project. So, AltSU became the winner of the ANO VO Competition "Innopolis University". The result of the project was the development of BEP 38.03.02 Management, profile "Business Management", which is currently being prepared for replication throughout the Russian Federation. The continuation of fruitful work with Innopolis University was the conclusion of contractual relations for the creation of MOOCs for the priority sector of the digital economy "Urban economy": "Digital business transformation" and "Digital technologies for creating and supporting business". Within the framework of the Agreement with the Ural Federal University on the provision of a grant in the form of subsidies, BEP 09.04.03 Applied Informatics, profile "Artificial Intelligence Engineering" was developed.

The number of people who completed additional professional programs at the university amounted to more than 9.4 thousand people, in total more than 300 programs of further vocational education have been implemented.

In 2021, the content of the Open Educational Portal, which is aimed at applicants, foreign students, students of retraining and advanced training courses, has expanded: there are 805 open online courses and over 24,000 registered users.

Last year, the university continued to implement a large-scale educational project called "Career++", which provides students with a unique opportunity to obtain additional qualifications or the right to conduct a new type of professional activity simultaneously with mastering the main professional educational program. More than 9099 online courses that meet modern educational quality standards are provided for students on the Unified Educational Portal of AltSU.

Almost 1.5 thousand open video lectures are posted on the AltSU website. MOOCs of the university are available on the platforms of the modern digital educational environment RF online, Stepik, University 20.35.

In 2021, 249 people from various subjects of the Russian Federation were trained under the retraining program "Artificial Intelligence Technologies, Visualization and Data Analysis" on the University platform 20.35 "Digital Professions."

The university also focuses on the education of schoolchildren. During the vacation period, the university implemented 32 specialized shifts, in which 1382 schoolchildren became participants. Work is carried out in specialized classes of schools in the region (583 people).

In the field of work with children, federal and regional projects have been successfully implemented: "Talent 22", "DNA", "Sirius", "Ticket to the Future." More than 800 schoolchildren were trained at these platforms.

The university is one of the partners of the regional center "Talent-22", created as part of the implementation of the federal project "Success of every child" of the national project "Education." At the AltSU platform, conditions have been created for involving talented schoolchildren of grades 8-10 in research and project activities in the direction of "science" in the fields of biotechnology, mathematics, philology and in the direction of "art" in the field of journalism. In 2021, 125 schoolchildren from the cities of Barnaul, Biysk, Rubtsovsk, Zarinsk and 5 districts of Altai Krai became participants in the implementation of the programs.

410 students of grades 5-11 in Barnaul, Novoaltaysk and nearby areas of Altai Krai were trained in the Center for Additional Education "House of Scientific Collaboration" in 16 general developmental programs of technical and natural sciences.

University teachers participate in the implementation of the project program “Sirius.Summer: start your project. Season 2021/2022" (involving children and youth in project and research activities, scientific, technical and engineering creativity). 24 schoolchildren from Barnaul, Biysk and the Far Eastern Federal District, under the guidance of 3 teachers and 10 student mentors, are working on 9 projects of social significance.

Since 2018, university teachers have been active participants in the implementation of the federal project "Ticket to the Future". In 2021, 224 schoolchildren of grades 6-11 from 15 educational institutions of Altai Krai passed professional tests in 7 competencies at the university site.

In 2021, as part of the project “Education teacher -K21” in the center “House of Scientific Collaboration”, 50 school teachers of infromatics in the region completed advanced training courses, master classes were held on organizing project work with students, a project was launched for teachers and students in grade 11 “About complex in a simple way” (webinars biology, chemistry and physics). More than 300 teachers of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, computer science, history and social studies of Barnaul and regions of Altai Krai became participants in the traditional Unified Methodological Day, organized by the university with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Altai Krai and the Education Committee of the city of Barnaul.

The second nomination for which the university was awarded was the UN goal “No. 8. Promoting sustainable, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”

In 2021, Altai State University was included in the list of winners in the selection of universities for the program "Priority 2030", the goal of which is to form more than 100 progressive modern universities in Russia that will become leaders in creating new scientific knowledge, technologies and developments for implementation in the Russian economy and social sphere.

The research topics of the university were formed taking into account the priorities of the development of the regional economy. Implementation of 4 strategic projects has been launched, including "Innovative technological solutions and products for sustainable development of agriculture - AgroBioTech" and "Health saving of the population: effective technologies and products in the medical, health and resort sector of Altai Krai", designed to make a significant contribution to the sustainable development of the region's economy. The first results of the projects were a multi-component analysis of the arid steppe area of Altai Krai, including an assessment of the natural resource potential and ecological state using ground data and remote sensing data, the creation of functional food products, the development of innovative health improvement technologies and scientific support for the development of territorial clusters.

The third nomination, in which the university was awarded, was traditionally the UN goal “Goal No. 16. Promoting peaceful and open societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable and participatory institutions at all levels” for the implementation of major socially significant projects.

Dozens of performances and concerts were held, involving tens of thousands of people. As part of the Cooperation Agreements with the cultural institutions of the region, the total number of students who attended musical and theatrical performances and film screenings in 2021 amounted to 3768 people.

The number of volunteers of the Volunteering Development Center of AltSU has reached 1220.

In 2021, project activities have become one of the main areas. 87 applications have been prepared for participation in grant competitions for the implementation of socially significant projects.

The educational project “Reality-quest for students of 9-10 grades “CyberNET”, created for the comprehensive development of school-age youth, was implemented. The project involved 450 students of grades 9-10 from 15 schools in Barnaul, which allowed establishing the "Schoolchildren-students” model of interaction.

On the basis of the Altai State University, the Regional Anti-Terrorist Scientific and Methodological Center and the Coordination Center for the formation of an active citizenship among young people, the prevention of interethnic and interfaith conflicts, counteraction to the ideology of terrorism and the prevention of extremism were opened.

The Times Higher Education research group rankings are among the top three most influential rankings in the world, along with QS and the Shanghai ARWU rankings.

The methodology was developed jointly with THE partners Elsevier and Vertigo Ventures. It should be noted that ranking indicators require universities to provide evidence for each of them. Priority is given to evidence that is public. Evidence is evaluated based on a set of criteria, and decisions are cross-checked in case of uncertainty.

The University Impact Ranking measures the progress of the world's universities in achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted in 2016.

Any university that provides data on Goal 17 - "Strengthen the means to achieve sustainable development and revitalize the mechanisms of the global partnership for sustainable development" and at least three other goals, is included in the overall ranking. The final score of the university in the overall table is calculated by combining the scores for goal number 17 and the three maximum scores from the rankings of the remaining sustainable development goals. Goal 17 accounts for 22% of the total score, while the other goals account for 26% each. This means that different universities are assessed on the basis of a different set of sustainable development goals, depending on their specifics.

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