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Kyung Hee Rises to Unprecedented 266th Place Globally and 5th Domestically in the THE World University Rankings

2020-09-28 Academic


The University broke its previous record and reached 266th spot globally and 5th domestically in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings

Kyung Hee achieved its best result yet in the THE World University Rankings after garnering record rankings in the THE Asia University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings earlier this year. The University has been rising in the world ranking on the back of qualitative and quantitative improvement in the research indicators, including citations and research productivity, by climbing 55 spots this year and 144 spots over the last three years. This achievement is mainly attributable to a jump in the citations per thesis category, a key performance criterion in the rankings. The citation count score was up 7.5 points this year, followed by a 6.1-point rise last year. All other indicators equally improved, resulting in a 3.6-point increase in overall score. Of particular note is the international outlook category, where Kyung Hee has been the national leader for the past four years.

Excellence in Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health and Computer Science
THE rankings sources citations data from Elsevier’s Scopus database, the world’s largest repository of academic journal data. Citation assessment shows that Kyung Hee has continued to rise in Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI), the research quality indicator. The University’s FWCI was high in the fields of Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health, and Computer Science.

Original technology development, clinical/translational research, and commercialization has been promoted, particularly within the Biohealth Cluster, which has driven publication, patent application, and technology transfer activities. Professor Kwangpyo Kim of the Department of Applied Chemistry published a paper on the early diagnosis of fatal cardiovascular diseases; registered patents in Korea, China, and Japan; and completed a technology transfer arrangement. Professor Changwon Won of the Department of Medicine led the Korean Frailty and Aging Cohort Construction and Interventional Study by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and published several significant results related to infirmity and sarcopenia. Professor Youngsook Son of the Graduate School of Biotechnology developed important original technologies in the stem cell area and is working on new treatments and drugs for intractable diseases in connection with her clinical research.

Meanwhile, in the subject of Computer Science, preemptive research efforts to go beyond 5G towards 6G drove improvement. Professor Choongseon Hong of the Department of Computer Engineering demonstrated research excellence in the area by developing a technology that autonomously manages network via machine learning.

Kyung Hee’s Rise in All Areas: Citations, Research, Teaching, International Outlook, and Industry Income
THE rankings judge universities across their core missions: research, teaching, international outlook, and industry income. Among these categories, research-related performance indicators take commanding 65 percent of the total―citations (30%), reputation survey (18%), research income (6%), research productivity (6%), international collaboration (2.5%), and industry income (2.5%).

The evaluation metrics has 13 performance criteria in the five categories of citations (30%), research (30%), teaching (30%), international outlook (7.5%), and industry income (2.5%). Citations uses the citations per paper indicator to measure research influence. As shown above, Kyung Hee is growing remarkably in citations. Since research reputation accounts for a large proportion (18%) of the research category, the University’s outstanding achievement in research exhibits its improved international recognition. Teaching hinges on the teaching reputation indicator (15%), where Kyung Hee added 3.3 points this year. The international outlook category consists of international staff, international students, and international collaboration. The higher the score is, the better the university is recognized by both international students and academia. Kyung Hee outranked all Korean universities in this category. The industry income category adopts industry income per staff, where Kyung Hee’s technology transfer income has more than tripled over the last six years (based on University Information Disclosure).

Outstanding scholarship is propelling Kyung Hee to forge ahead to become a model university for the future and a leading architect of a sustainable civilization. Anchored by the five Connective Cooperation Clusters (Civilization, Future Science, Biotech/Healthcare [Bio-Health], Arts & Culture, and Social Physical Education), the University is focused on convergence research that responds to the critical environmental issues of our time such as global warming, atmospheric particulate matter pollution, food shortages, and energy shortages. This year, Kyung Hee was selected by the Korean government for the graduate school funding project, which is part of the fourth stage of Brain Korea 21 project. This opportunity has prompted plans to overhaul graduate school and continue the march towards the ranks of the world’s top research-intensive institutions of higher learning. This effort is expected to further strengthen Kyung Hee’s research competencies.

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