National Chengchi University has slumped to 48 in the ranking of academic achievements among 154 colleges, while National Taiwan University remains the No. 1, according to the statistics released by the Ministry of Education yesterday.
The ministry evaluated the colleges' academic achievements according to the numbers of research papers each published last year. This was the first time that the ministry has conducted such a survey.
Many people were surprised at the results because National Chengchi University has long been viewed as one of the nation's top 10 colleges.
According to ministry's chief secretary Wu Tsung-neng (吳聰能), the ministry used the number of the academic papers published last year, according to three international databases -- the Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Engineering Index -- for the evaluation.
According to the evaluation, National Taiwan University placed first, with 3,544 published papers; National Cheng Kung University came in second with 2,141 papers, National Chiao Tung University placed third with 1,388 papers, National Tsing-hua University was fourth with 1,304 papers and Chang Gung University was fifth with 938 papers.
Chang Gung's inclusion has attracted attention because as a private university is it usually viewed as inferior to the national universities and colleges.
National Chengchi University called a press conference yesterday to rebut the ministry's evaluation. According to the university officials, the university has focused its research in the fields of cultural and social science, which has different criterion for publishing academic papers than those universities focused on science and engineering.
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