NTHU Ranked Highest in Taiwan for Quality and Quantity of Research
In the 2016 QS Asian University Rankings, published on June 14, NTHU had the highest scores in Taiwan for papers per faculty (99.5) and citations per paper (97.5), indicating that in these two areas NTHU had a higher score than 99.5% and 97.5% of other Asian universities.
Of the 18 Taiwanese universities included in this year’s QS Asian University Rankings, NTHU ranked second, behind National Taiwan University (NTU). However, NTHU actually had higher scores than NTU in papers per faculty, citations per paper, and international faculty. Amongst all Asian universities, NTHU was ranked 31, the same as last year.
According to Professor Pan Ci-ling, former Vice President of Office of Research and Development and Director of NTHU’s Operations Center for Industry Collaboration, the academic papers published by NTHU’s faculty are very professional and are highly influential in academia worldwide. He also stated that NTHU achieved this excellent score with only 763 faculty members, as compared to 5,330 at the National University of Singapore, 2,941 at the University of Hong Kong, and 2,802 at NTU.
Pan also stated that QS, the Times Higher Education magazine, and other bodies performing such international rankings are business organizations, that the rankings are primarily intended for reference by prospective students and their parents, and we need to keep this fact in mind when we read the rankings published by these organizations. Nonetheless, in light of the increasing globalization of higher education, universities give much importance to these rankings in their efforts to recruit top-notch international students.
According to NTHU’s Dean of Academic Affairs Tai Nyan-Hwa, over the past two years NTHU has set up exchange programs with the University of Liverpool and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras as a way of increasing the number of international faculty and enhancing student research.
In the 2016 QS Asian University Rankings, published on June 14, NTHU had the highest scores in Taiwan for papers per faculty (99.5) and citations per paper (97.5).
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