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The new issue of The Three University Missions Moscow International University Ranking (MosIUR) has been released. In 2021, it features a total of 1650 universities (as compared with 1500 a year earlier) from 97 countries, including 112 Russian universities. The ranking became the most representative in the world this year. It is a fundamentally new academic ranking, the first to evaluate all the three key university missions: education, research, and interaction with society. The ranking methodology is a result of a wide public discussion in Russia and abroad with a total of over 100 contributing universities. 

The Three University Missions ranking marked the beginning of a turn in global rankings towards assessing the significance of a university to society, the "third mission" that previously remained outside the scope of ranking agencies. Due to its conceptual novelty, the MosIUR was highly praised by experts. 

“The Moscow Ranking opens a new generation of academic rankings, the second one”, noted Luiz Claudio Costa, President of IREG Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence. “Almost all of the existing rankings are based mainly on indicators of research and institutional reputation. It is time for a new generation of rankings that try to look more closely to the link between university and society”. 

This year, Lobachevsky University entered the interval group 451-500 in the world ranking and the interval group 17-19 among Russian universities.