NUOS was included in the Top List of the Commonwealth of Independent States Universities

"Expert RA", the rating agency supported by Oleg Deripaska’s Charitable Foundation "Volnoe Delo" prepared the CIS university rating for the first time. The Top list includes 153 universities representing Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. The rating was built upon both statistics and polls of over 5,500 respondents – lecturers, scientists, employers, students and graduates

Assessment of education quality, rather than R&D, was the key criteria for assigning the rating. Unlike the Anglo-Saxon model universities, overwhelming majority of successful and highly demanded CIS universities have historically been distinguished by high education quality, rather than the R&D and technology commercialization level.

Most of the universities included into the final Top list are located in Russia (95 universities) and Ukraine (33 universities). They are followed by universities of Belarus (10) and Kazakhstan (9). The highest rating categories, A and B, are assigned to 15 Russian universities,  three Ukrainian and one Belarus universities.