The leader of the 2021 ranking was St. Petersburg State University (5.7 points) followed by last year’s winner, Lomonosov Moscow State University (5.59 points), and ITMO University, which moved 17 positions up and was ranked third (5.23 points).
“This year, there were several distinguished trends in our scholarship and grant competitions. To begin with, the number of participants has increased substantially as compared to last year. The universities, furthermore, started to strive more for mobility and flexibility, especially when it comes to the involvement of Master’s students and lecturers from other universities,” comments Oksana Oracheva, General Director of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation.
The ranking, which has been around since 2004, aims to provide an aggregate evaluation of the achievements demonstrated by the contest’s participants, which includes both students and teachers.
As noted by the organizers, the ranking methodology was partially revised this year. The new edition not only once again took into account the results of the Foundation School, which was canceled last year but held online this year, but also included criteria based on the Akademicheskiy Desant Contest. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Foundation School was canceled last year and was replaced by the competition on the best practices of personal philanthropy and altruism. This year, the latter competition was excluded from the ranking because, since 2020, it is open not only to winners of the Potanin Foundation Scholarship Contest but other programs of the Foundation, too.
The 2021 ranking was based on the following criteria:
- involvement of university students in the Potanin scholarship competition;
- the share of university students participating in the scholarship competition who became the winners of the competition;
- the average score of the university in the online round of the competition;
- the average score of the university in the on-site round of the competition;
- the average score of university lecturers in the Potanin grant competition;
- the number of university lecturers who became the winners of the grant competition;
- the participation of university lecturers in the Akademicheskiy Desant Contest;
- the number of university lecturers who took part in the Foundation School;
- the number of university lecturers who became winners of the Foundation School through an individual competition or a project contest;
- the ratio of the number of applications rejected due to plagiarism compared to the total number of students participating in the competition;
- the ratio of the number of applications rejected due to plagiarism compared to the total number of lecturers participating in the competition.