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World's Top Universities in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in 2019‎

World's Top Universities in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in 2019‎

2019-07-11

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According to the ranking published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy in 2019, ‎Nanyang ‎Technological University, Massachusetts Institute of ‎Technology (MIT), and Tsinghua ‎University ‎ranked first to third, respectively. As for the top ten universities in the ‎ranking, the United States, China, and Singapore have had the most share.‎

In recent years, the number of nano-related articles has significantly increased‎, which reflects ‎ the scientific community's attention to this field of ‎science and technology. Various organizations rank ‎universities using different ‎methodologies to aid governments, decision-makers, and investors in terms of funding and budgeting research activities, among which‎ ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, focusing on ‎higher ‎education, has been the official publisher of the world university rankings since ‎‎2009 as an independent organization.‎

According to the recently updated ranking published by this organization, Nanyang ‎Technological ‎University from Singapore, Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‎‎(MIT) from the United ‎States, and Tsinghua University from China have held the top three ‎ranks with 310.8, 286.7, ‎and 286.3 points, respectively, followed by Peking University ‎from China with 281.7, Georgia Institute of Technology with 280.2, Stanford ‎University with 276.7, and University of ‎California (Berkeley) with 272.8 points from ‎the United States. There is no change in this ranking for Nanyang ‎Technological ‎University and MIT in comparison to 2018. However, Georgia Institute of Technology which held the third rank last year, had a fall of two steps, possessing the fifth rank while Tsinghua University showed a three-steps growth in the ranking, taking the place of Georgia Institute of Technology. Considering the top ten universities, Chinese universities showed an eight-step growth while United States universities had a fall of eight steps during the last year.

It should be noted that quantitative, as well as qualitative indicators, have been taken ‎into ‎consideration for this ranking. The number of papers authored by an institution in an academic subject during the period of 2013-2017 is a quantitative indicator, ‎according ‎to which Tsinghua University has ranked first. However, in qualitative indicators ‎which ‎include the ratio of citation of papers to the average citations of articles, international collaboration, and the number of ‎papers ‎published in top Journals, Nanyang Technological University has been on the top of ‎the ‎Chinese universities. A final score is achieved by adding scores for all indicators.

It is worth mentioning that among the top ten universities in the world, five universities have been ‎from ‎the United States, three from China, and two from Singapore, and considering the ‎top ‎‎100 universities, the United States ranks first with 31 universities followed by China ‎with ‎‎30, South Korea with 8, the United Kingdom with 5, Australia with 4, and Germany ‎with 3 ‎universities. China, the United States, and Germany have had the largest share of top universities in Asia, America, and Europe, respectively, where there has been no African institute among 300 leading universities.