UNIST’s global ranking this year is found to have risen by four notches compared to that of the previous year. UNIST, which recently rose to the No. 3 spot among the best small universities in the world by London-based Times Higher Education (THE), has now firmly established its position as a “young and strong university.”
According to the 2023 THE World University Rankings, released October 12, UNIST has made a climb of four spot from last year to be ranked 174th globally. Meanwhile, the university ranked No. 6 nationwide.
The 2023 rankings revealed that Seoul National University (No. 56 worldwide) has been named South Korea’s best university. Yonsei University (No. 78 worldwide) came second, while KAIST (No. 91 worldwide) was third. POSTECH (No. 163 worldwide) came in 4th place, following Sungkyunkwan University (No. 170 worldwide). UNIST ranked in 6th place with the added distinction of being listed among the top 200 best universities in the world.
In this year’s THE global rankings, UNIST obtained highest scores in citations and industry income, thus demonstrated its strong research influence. As shown below, UNIST scored 41.3 points in teaching: the learning environment (37.7 points in 2022), 42 points in research: volume, income, and reputation (41.1 points in 2022), 85.9 points in citations (85.4 points in 2022), and 85.3 points in industry income: knowledge transfer (91.8 points in 2022). When compared to last year’s rankings, all indicators have shown 0.9 points increase in average, except for industry income.
UNIST has also has received global recognition as a leading institution in the THE ranking for the world’s best small universities 2022, released in early August. In this ranking, UNIST ranked No. 3.
This ranking is published annually by THE for universities with fewer than 5,000 students and is used as an indicator that reflects the characteristics of small universities that aim for customized education. The 2022 ranking revealed that the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) of the United States rose first, and the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) of China came second. UNIST and POSTECH ranked third and fourth, displaying the potential of South Korea’s small, but competitive research-oriented universities.
This year, THE World University Rankings assessed 1 799 institutions across 13 performance indicators in five areas: △ Citations (30%), △ Research (30%), △ Teaching (30%), △ International outlook (7.5%), and △ Industry income (2.5%). The University of Oxford has been named the best university in the world. Harvard University, the University of Cambridge, Stanford University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) followed. Caltech, the University of California—Berkeley, Yale University, and the Imperial College London were also made it into the top 10 in the 2023 edition of the THE World University Rankings.