2016 tables: Institutions - physical sciences - academic

Table criteria

The 2016 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

2015 Institution Share 2015
1 Stanford University, United States of America (USA) 227.48
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA) 226.35
3 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 223.53
4 Harvard University, United States of America (USA) 173.38
5 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 169.91
6 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 139.00
7 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 130.09
8 University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America (USA) 125.51
9 Peking University (PKU), China 123.74
10 Tsinghua University, China 117.99
11 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), United States of America (USA) 117.65
12 Princeton University, United States of America (USA) 110.85
13 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States of America (USA) 109.06
14 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America (USA) 108.35
15 University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA) 107.80
16 University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), United States of America (USA) 105.41
17 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland 103.42
18 California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States of America (USA) 102.50
19 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 100.43
20 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 94.00
21 Northwestern University (NU), United States of America (USA) 90.61
22 Columbia University in the City of New York (CU), United States of America (USA) 90.31
23 Tohoku University, Japan 87.66
24 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 87.65
25 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), United States of America (USA) 86.90
26 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 86.17
27 Nanjing University (NJU), China 86.17
28 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 86.17
29 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 86.16
30 The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), United States of America (USA) 84.27
31 Cornell University, United States of America (USA) 81.47
32 The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), United States of America (USA) 80.29
33 Fudan University, China 79.62
34 Kyoto University, Japan 79.59
35 University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), United States of America (USA) 74.81
36 University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America (USA) 73.71
37 University of Pennsylvania (Penn), United States of America (USA) 71.73
38 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 69.18
39 Rice University, United States of America (USA) 69.11
40 Soochow University, China 66.80
41 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 63.50
42 University of Minnesota (UMN), United States of America (USA) 62.69
43 Yale University, United States of America (USA) 62.37
44 University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), United States of America (USA) 61.17
45 University of Washington (UW), United States of America (USA) 61.10
46 Purdue University, United States of America (USA) 61.09
47 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany 60.98
48 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 60.71
49 The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA) 59.18
50 Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), Israel 56.63
51 Sorbonne University, France 55.68
52 Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany 54.30
53 Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (IIT), Israel 54.15
54 Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 54.12
55 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 52.02
56 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 51.20
57 Osaka University, Japan 49.07
58 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 48.59
59 National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan 48.16
60 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (RU), United States of America (USA) 47.59
61 University of Würzburg (JMU), Germany 45.49
62 University of Hamburg (UHH), Germany 44.46
63 Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany 44.32
64 University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark 43.93
65 University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland 43.43
66 Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel 43.41
67 The Ohio State University (OSU), United States of America (USA) 42.60
68 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 42.58
69 Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA) 42.04
70 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 41.69
71 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany 41.66
72 Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands 41.47
73 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 41.45
74 Yonsei University, South Korea 40.98
75 Arizona State University (ASU), United States of America (USA) 40.83
76 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 40.78
77 Lund University (LU), Sweden 40.58
78 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 40.51
79 North Carolina State University (NCSU), United States of America (USA) 40.40
80 University of Waterloo, Canada 40.16
81 State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNY Stony Brook), United States of America (USA) 39.71
82 University of Paris-Sud (UPSud), France 39.60
83 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 39.47
84 Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers), Sweden 39.24
85 Aalto University, Finland 38.94
86 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 38.60
87 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 38.57
88 McGill University, Canada 38.46
89 Duke University, United States of America (USA) 37.51
90 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 37.48
91 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 37.11
92 Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), India 36.83
93 Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel 36.76
94 Nagoya University, Japan 36.48
95 Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Spain 36.07
96 University of Southern California (USC), United States of America (USA) 36.05
97 Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austria 35.52
98 Texas A&M University (TAMU), United States of America (USA) 35.26
99 Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India 35.13
100 Korea University, South Korea 34.81

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