UNIST ranks sixth place among South Korea’s research universities, according to the London-based Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The 2019 rankings, released on the 27th of September, is based on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators, designed to capture the full range of universities actitivies. Those indicators cover teaching, research, citations, industry income, and international outlook.
The rankings also indicate that UNIST has been ranked between numbers 201-250 among the world’s top 1,250 research intensive universities. Besides, when measured based on the number of citations a university’s research obtains, UNIST has risen to South Korea’s top university and 48th place in the world.
In this year’s THE global rankings, UNIST obtained highest scores in citations and industry income and demonstrated its strong research influence. As shown below, UNIST scored 24.5 points in teaching: the learning environment (22.9 points in 2018), 34.5 points in research: volume, income, and reputation (30.7 points in 2018), 96.3 points in citations (95.9 points in 2018), 70.1 points in industry income: knowledge transfer (66.0 points in 2018), and 49.7 in international outlook: percentage of international staffs, students, and coauthorship (47.9 points in 2018). When compared to last year’s rankings, all five indicators have shown a significant increase.
Besides, because the release of this year’s ranking was close to the announcement of the Nobel Laureates, UNIST’s research reputation and its research income to academic staff also received much attention. This was due to the recent announcement of the 2018 Citation Laureates by Clarivate Analytics, which included Distinguished Professor Rodney S. Ruoff in the School of Natural Science at UNIST. Professor Jaephil Cho, Distinguished Professor Kwang Soo Kim, and Distinguished Professor Sang Il Seok have also recently been regarded as Nobel-worthy scientists by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF).
In this year’s rankings, the University of Oxford is ranked first in the world, followed by the University of Cambridge, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and California Institute of Technology.