The 2015 QS University Rankings for Emerging Europe and Central Asia were released. The rankings highlight the top 150 universities in the Eastern Europe–Central Asia region.
Bilkent and METU are the highest-ranked universities in Turkey, sharing 11th place in the listing. Sabancı University is ranked 14th and Koç University 15th, with Boğaziçi University and İstanbul University both ranked 17th.
Indicators used in calculating the rankings include academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty–student ratio, papers per faculty member, citations per paper and percentage of international faculty and students. Bilkent is ranked among the top 10 in the EECA in the categories of academic reputation, papers per faculty, citations per paper and international faculty, and first in Turkey in the latter two categories.
In terms of faculty areas, Bilkent ranks 3rd in the EECA in the natural sciences, 9th in engineering and technology, 10th in the life sciences and medicine, 15th in the social sciences and management and 16th in the arts and humanities.
In the overall EECA rankings, Lomonosov Moscow State University and Novosibirsk State University (both in Russia) were 1st and 2nd, with Charles University (Czech Republic) 3rd.