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Seven universities make world's top 500 rankings

TOP OF THE CLASSNational Central University and Chang Gung University joined the established five, led by National Taiwan University, in this year's rankings

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Seven Taiwanese universities were included in the world’s top 500 for academic performance in a local ranking released yesterday.

Two universities — National Central University (NCU) and Chang Gung University — joined National Taiwan University (NTU) and four other Taiwanese universities on the list this year, said Huang Mu-hsuan (黃慕萱), a research fellow at the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT).

HEEACT, an organization co-founded by the Ministry of Education and local universities, released its annual evaluation of academic productivity, impact and excellence of universities around the world yesterday.

NTU received the best review among its Taiwanese counterparts by ranking 102nd on the list, up from 141st place last year, Huang said.

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) came 307th, up from 328th last year, Huang said.

National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) ranked 347th, followed by National Chiao Tung University in 456th place, Huang said.

Taiwanese universities also fared well in the rankings by subject, Huang said. NCKU had the best performance among the Taiwanese schools by ranking 30th in the top 300 world universities list in engineering, but NTU outshone other Taiwanese universities in the top 300 in fields such as physics, agriculture, clinical medicine, life sciences and social sciences, Huang said.

Huang said NTU was included in the top 300 for social sciences this year for the first time because there had been a significant increase in the number of research papers published by the school in that field.

“This shows that Taiwanese academics have been doing their best to promote their global visibility,” Huang said.

However, he said HEEACT had also seen a major improvement at Chinese universities in recent years and warned that Chinese universities may soon overtake the top Taiwanese universities in terms of numbers of research papers and publications, and those papers’ academic impact.

“Taiwanese universities need to work much harder [to maintain their edge],” Huang said.

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