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According to the results of subject rankings published by Round University Ranking (RUR), Lobachevsky University has confirmed its status as a "new classical" university. It has improved its traditionally strong positions in natural sciences and demonstrated rapid growth in social sciences and humanities, becoming one of the leaders among Russian universities. In 2020, Lobachevsky University was ranked 240th in the global ranking for the Life Sciences field (RUR Silver League of universities) and 317th in the global ranking for the Social Sciences field (RUR Bronze League). In the field of Humanities, UNN ranks 323rd in the 2020 global ranking (RUR Bronze League), and in the fields of Technical Sciences and Natural Sciences Lobachevsky University is again listed among the top 500 universities in the world.

Round University Ranking (RUR) is an international university ranking system, which has been measuring the performance of 1100 leading world universities from 82 countries since 2010. Twenty unique indicators used to measure the results of universities' activities are distributed into 4 areas: Teaching, Research, International Diversity and Financial Sustainability. All source data for the RUR ranking are provided by Thomson Reuters