UNIST named among global ‘Rising Stars’ by Nature Index


UNIST has climbed up world reputation rankings, according to the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars supplement, published in the July 28 edition of the journal Nature.

The Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars supplement identifies the countries and institutions showing the most significant growth in high-quality research publications, using the power of the Nature Index, which tracks the research of more than 8,000 global institutions.

This supplement also presents a list of the top 100 most improved institutions in the index between 2012 and 2015, which are ranked by the increase in their contribution to 68 high-quality journals selected. In the index, UNIST has set itself apart from other academic institutions with its significant growth in research performance.

With the meteoric rise of its contribution to top notch journals by over 1800% in four years, UNIST placed the 50th place on the list of the top 100 world-leading institutions for high-quality science. Since 2012 UNIST's contribution to the 68 journals included in the index, a metric known as weighted fractional count (WFC), has risen from 23.08 to 41.49, a more than 1800% increase.

Among the list of the top 100 most improved institutions across the globe, the top ranking 1 through 3 are from China, including Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Peking University (PKU), and Nanjing University (NJU). Coming in at number 10 was University of Oxford.

UNIST President Mooyoung Jung states, "The results show that UNIST has made its mark on the world stage, ranking among the top 100 universities internationally in the the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars." He continues by saying, "To stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other world-leading research institutions, UNIST will perform at the leading edge of research and innovation."

Since its opening in 2009, UNIST has grown to become a world-class university, with a rapidly growing reputation for its research and impact on a wide range of fields. Leading scholars from all around the world have been invited to deliver outstanding scientific results and education.

In a short history, UNIST has been designated as one of the world's foremost graphene R&D institutions, hosting three IBS campus-based research centers. These research centers will be receiving $255 million (as of 2015 Dec.) in funding for 10 years from the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea. With support from the Government of Korea and the city of Ulsan, UNIST hopes to contribute to the development of local industry and economy through transferring the research experience, knowledge, and technology of its scientists.

UNIST continues to strive to make an impact with its leading-edge research, promoting scientific collaboration with other countries as a driving force for excellence.


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