2019 THE World University Rankings for Kyung Hee: All-Time High of 321st

2019-10-08 Academic

Kyung Hee University is ranked at a record high of 321st (5th among domestic universities) in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2019

Kyung Hee rose 35 spots from the previous year, greatly widening the gap (73 spots) against other Korean universities following behind. Significant improvements in citations per article and reputation led to this year’s record high ranking. The number of citations per paper was 56.4 points, up 6.1 points from the previous year, proving the improvement in research capacity. Kyung Hee’s reputation in the world academic community is also changing, boosted by the qualitative improvement in research publication, as its reputation ranking has moved up 76 places from last year

Citations per article has doubled in the last 5 years.
In the THE World University Rankings, the line graph of Kyung Hee's total score is trending upward. The number of citations (30%) per paper, which constitutes the largest part of the THE evaluation, soared, driving the total score increase. The citations per article have almost doubled from 30.3 in 2014 to 56.4 this year.

Kyung Hee's research excellence is also evident in other university rankings. In the recently announced Academic Rankings of World University (ARWU) Highly Cited Researcher Indicator (HiCi), Kyung Hee ranked fourth among domestic universities. The HiCi indicator reflects the Highly Cited Researcher (HCR) by a leading global academic data provider Clarivate Analytics (formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters). Kyung Hee produced three HCRs last year. HCRs account for the world's top one percent of researchers based on the number of citations per paper in the last decade.

Global research achievements in mathematics, computer science, social science and humanities
Kyung-Hee has continued to improve in terms of research quality. The number of papers per faculty member in the THE rankings has increased steadily, up 16.5 points in the last five years (2014 to 2019). The THE rankings are based on SCOPUS, which, together with Web of Science, is one of the world's most widely used research databases. According to the Web of Science analysis, Kyung Hee's research results have increased nearly 2.5 times in the last eight years (2011 to 2019) and reached world-class levels in the fields of mathematics-computer engineering and social sciences-humanities.

Professor Kwanghoon Park of the Department of Computer Engineering developed a video encoding technology that was granted international patents for licensing in HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), making Kyung Hee the third university in the world to have a HEVC ISO patent license. HEVC/H.265 is an international standard for video compression and the decoding of ultra-high-resolution video, which allows for significantly faster and smoother video play in Internet and mobile environments. Also, Professor Jongbok Kim of the Department of English Language and Literature was the first Korean linguist to be honored with the Humboldt Research Award, given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany, for his achievements in world-class research on English and Korean syntax.

Kyung Hee is pursuing interdisciplinary convergence research, with a core of future-oriented science and biohealth clusters. The University is also working on research to respond to global challenges and changes in the future environment, such as climate change, particulate pollution, food shortage, and energy crisis. All this progress is being accelerated even further through the global cooperation Blue Planet 21.

Professor Jongho Seon of the Department of Astronomy and Space Science and his team conducted joint research at home and abroad to develop a space environment monitor, which was installed in Korea's first geostationary meteorological satellite, Chollian 2A. The satellite launched into orbit in December of 2018 and is tasked to monitor earth and space weather phenomena, improving the accuracy of weather forecasts and responses to climate change. Based on the monitoring data, Kyung Hee continues joint research with the European Space Agency (ESA), the agency responsible for space development in the European Union. Plus, the University takes part in the Korean government’s lunar exploration project as a developer of a lunar magnetometer and a polarized light camera, which will be mounted on the Korean test lander. Polarized light from both sides of the Moon will be observed in the lunar orbit for the first time ever.

This year’s THE rankings covered 1,396 universities. The evaluation was based on 13 detailed indicators for five metrics, including △ Citations (30%), △ Research (30%), △ Teaching (30%), △ International Outlook (7.5%), and △ Industry Income (2.5%).

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