Under present-day conditions the position of an educational establishment in the national and world international ranking of higher educational establishments can be considered as one of the most important indicators of the university progress and success. Each of the rankings uses its assessment system based on a number of the criteria starting with quantitative indicators (general numerical quantity of students/workers) to the academic reputation of a higher educational establishment (it is determined by means of surveying a group of experts and employers).

The consolidated ranking of higher educational establishments of Ukraine in 2015 developed by the educational information resource “Osvita.ua” includes 286 higher educational establishments of III-IV level of accreditation. The most prestigious university rankings “Top-200 Ukraine”, “Scopus” “Webometrics” published in 2015 were based on other criteria of assessing higher educational establishments and they were used as the source data to rank. Ivan Franko National University of Lviv takes the fourth position among other Ukrainian higher educational establishments. Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, The National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” and Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute also entered the top five.

Ivan Franko National University of Lviv enters the top three of the higher educational establishments of Ukraine by “Scopus” ranking. The ranking results are based on the indexes of “Scopus” bibliographic database; it is an instrument of monitoring citations of scientific papers published by employees in scientific editions. For the period from 1996 to 2015 the university scientists published 4929 scientific works in the editions included in the “Scopus” database. The assessment of higher educational establishments was made by Hirsch index – the quantitative index based on the number of scientific publications and the number of citations.

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The ranking of the world universities Webometrics (Webometrics Ranking of World’s Universities) comprises twelve thousand universities all over the world and it is published twice a year. The developers of Webometrics take into account the number of indexed site pages of a higher educational establishment by search systems, external references to it, the resource citation as well as the number of downloaded files on the site in the process of ranking the world universities. In other words, the content and information component of the web-site of an educational establishment is assessed. The developers point out that they don’t take into account the indexes of the site traffic and their design when rating.

A new web-rating of the world universities Ranking Web of Universities (http://www.webometrics.info) published on February 12, 2015 was formed considering the systematized data received by the developers in January 2015. Lviv University takes the eleventh position among the Ukrainian higher educational establishments in this ranking.

Today the active work is underway to include the university in QS World University Rankings – one the most prestigious world university rankings which was first published in 2004.

The following main criteria of assessment are used when ranking QS World University Rankings: 1) the image in academic environment that is the university assessment by scientists, lecturers and representatives of the administration of other educational establishments; 2) the assessment of education quality of graduates by employers; 3) the index of citing scientific works of employees; 4) the proportion of foreign students; 5) the proportion of foreign lecturers; 6) the ratio of the number of students to the number of lecturers.