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NEW Ajou University Selected as the No. 1 Korean University in Nature Index 2021 Young Universities

  • 2021-12-28
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Ajou University was included in the world’s top 150 young universities in the new universities assessment by the world-renowned scientific journal Nature. Ajou University ranked No. 1 among Korean universities (excluding science and technology institutes and research-centered universities) and No. 103 in the global ranking.


On December 8, 2021, Nature announced the “Nature Index 2021 Young Universities” of universities for whom 50 or fewer years have passed since the foundation.


In this assessment, Ajou University ranked No. 1 among four-year universities in Korea with having more than four affiliated departments in humanities, social studies, natural sciences, and engineering. It ranked 103rd among global education institutes.


The Nature Index 2021 Young Universities targets universities up to 50 years old from among 750 leading education institutions around the world (determined according to the 2020 Nature Index) and calculates the contribution of researchers and affiliated institutions in theses published in 82 major international journals.


Other domestic universities, KAIST (4th), POSTECH (8th), Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (9th), Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (43rd), Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (77th), University of Ulsan (135th), and University of Science and Technology (139th) were also added to the list of the world’s leading young universities.


The University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) ranked 1st for the second consecutive year since the 2019 assessment, followed by the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) (2nd) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore (3rd).


In addition to overall rankings, assessments were also conducted in the four fields of chemistry, earth and environmental science, bio-science, and physics. Ajou University ranked 66th in physics, which reaffirmed its competitiveness in the basic sciences.