The 11 Russian universities featured in these rankings secured 46 places across the tables.
Of these places, 24 are brand new entries, 16 have improved on last years performance, five have remained stable and only one represent a drop.
Lomonosov Moscow State University shows vast improvement in 2015, by breaking into the top 50 worldwide for Linguistics (35=), Physics & Astronomy (36th), Mathematics (42=) and Modern Languages (48th).
Lomonosov Moscow State University also achieves rankings in the top 100 for Computer Science & Information Systems.
In 2015, Saint-Petersburg State University establishes itself in the top 100 for Linguistics; National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) for Development Studies and National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI" (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) for Physics & Astronomy.
There are 6 Russian universities listings in the top 200 worldwide for 20 of the 36 subjects, with Saint-Petersburg State University, Novosibirsk State University, National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI" (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology State University and Lomonosov Moscow State University listed in the top 200 for Physics & Astronomy.
Russian universities display increased international competitiveness with a strong presence across the subjects.
They cumulatively appear 8 times among the Top 100 across the disciplines ranked.
Russia shows a much stronger performance in this edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Indeed, on this evidence, 4-100-2015 four Russian institutions are in the worlds top 400 for at least one discipline Moscow State in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Languages and Linguistics, MEPhI in Physics, St. Petersburg State University also in Linguistics and the Higher School of Economics in the newly added Development Studies. Indeed Moscow State makes the top 50 in four subjects. Overall the number of Russian institutions represented in these rankings has grown from 2 to 10. Whilst our methods to devise these tables are under constant review, the progress shown by Russian institutions appears to reveal a marked improvement in international profile and recognition between this edition and the last, says QS head of research Ben Sowter.
While the tables continue to vastly be led by universities from the UK or US, Switzerlands ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) was ranked 1st globally for Earth & Marine Sciences, and 5th in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, achieving the status of highest ranking EU based institution in both subjects.
Similarly, Swedens Karolinska Institute places 1st worldwide for Dentistry, while The Netherlands Delft University of Technology ranks 2nd for Civil & Structural Engineering and 3rd for Architecture / Built Environment.
In total, fifteen different institutions top at least one of the 36 subjects covered in QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2015.