Investigation & Analysis

World University Ranking

All around the world, there are about 17,000 universities and the higher education sector is facing increased competition as globalization is progressing rapidly. This trend leads to more and more attensions to world university ranking that is usually considered as a measurement of university’s performance and even an indicator of national strength.

The following world university rankings, in which research performance is heavily evaluated, were selected:

  • Times Higher Education World University Ranking(Times Higher Education), UK
  • QS World University Rankings (Quacquarelli Symonds), UK
  • Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities(Shanghai Ranking Consultancy), China
  • World’s Best Universities Ranking(US News & World Report), US

Reporting the results annually aims to identify where we are in the global, regional and national league tables and to show the direction to raise our university’s positions in the world university rankings.

Highly-Cited Paper

Highly cited papers (HCP) are defined as those that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year indexed in the Web of Science. In order to evaluate research performance, the indicators with relative values are adopted as well as the indicators such as publications’ number and the amount of citations which values are absolute without consideration of research fields and publication date.

Regarding our university, how many papers are the HCP? Who contributes most to the HCP number? The answers to the above questions clarify the research performance and provide the evidence for the research promotion initiatives.

Hot Research Areas

Concentrating on top 1% highly-cited papers and analyzing citing and cited relationship among papers based on ESI research front data, NISTEP clarifies the hot research areas around the world and describes them in visualization maps. Science map, providing a bird’s eye view of the “mountains of scientific research” formed by core papers accumulated, is released by NISTEP every two years.

The details of our university’s hot research areas in the science map demonstrate in which areas our researchers are active and making excellent achievements on a worldwide scale.