2016 tables: Institutions - physical sciences - academic

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

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Count 2015
1 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 223.53 614
2 Peking University (PKU), China 123.74 466
3 Tsinghua University, China 117.99 511
4 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 100.43 218
5 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 94.00 334
6 Tohoku University, Japan 87.66 212
7 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 87.65 212
8 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 86.17 189
9 Nanjing University (NJU), China 86.17 299
10 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 86.16 240
11 Fudan University, China 79.62 163
12 Kyoto University, Japan 79.59 253
13 Soochow University, China 66.80 127
14 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 63.50 167
15 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 60.71 135
16 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 52.02 199
17 Osaka University, Japan 49.07 196
18 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 48.59 127
19 National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan 48.16 163
20 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 42.58 187
21 Yonsei University, South Korea 40.98 107
22 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 40.78 118
23 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 40.51 87
24 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 39.47 212
25 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 38.60 99
26 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 37.48 88
27 Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), India 36.83 130
28 Nagoya University, Japan 36.48 193
29 Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India 35.13 57
30 Korea University, South Korea 34.81 143
31 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 33.86 106
32 National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan 32.38 97
33 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 29.51 85
34 Monash University, Australia 28.47 101
35 Beihang University (BUAA), China 28.45 89
36 Jilin University (JLU), China 28.19 71
37 Nankai University (NKU), China 27.27 86
38 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 27.22 162
39 Tianjin University (TJU), China 25.64 77
40 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 25.21 160
41 Wuhan University (WHU), China 24.94 59
42 National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan 24.40 57
43 Shandong University (SDU), China 23.18 133
44 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 22.72 55
45 Kyushu University, Japan 22.57 120
46 Hokkaido University, Japan 21.93 50
47 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 21.44 98
48 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 20.76 58
49 Chongqing University (CQU), China 20.56 42
50 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 20.56 105
51 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 19.55 44
52 Southeast University (SEU), China 19.45 48
53 University of Tsukuba, Japan 19.30 141
54 Hanyang University (HYU), South Korea 19.27 62
55 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 17.92 59
56 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 17.73 43
57 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 17.41 55
58 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 16.91 130
59 University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China 16.79 39
60 Sogang University, South Korea 16.73 35
61 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China 16.59 52
62 Waseda University, Japan 16.51 113
63 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur), India 16.39 23
64 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea 16.37 44
65 Sichuan University (SCU), China 16.30 45
66 Shanghai University (SHU), China 16.05 42
67 Keio University, Japan 15.17 33
68 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 15.08 40
69 Kyung Hee University (KHU), South Korea 13.73 43
70 Hiroshima University (HU), Japan 13.48 67
71 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 13.44 51
72 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 12.91 33
73 National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan 12.84 31
74 Xiamen University (XMU), China 11.82 31
75 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 11.71 30
76 Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China 11.56 20
77 Ewha Womans University (Ewha), South Korea 11.49 39
78 Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 11.02 25
79 Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China 10.66 27
80 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), India 10.63 17
81 Tongji University, China 10.60 28
82 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia 10.49 33
83 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 10.17 33
84 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), India 10.08 38
85 East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China 10.01 22
86 Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), China 9.49 14
87 National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China 9.38 20
88 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 8.99 101
89 Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), China 8.95 20
90 Yamagata University, Japan 8.73 25
91 Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), India 8.70 12
92 Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan 8.52 24
93 Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China 8.29 29
94 Okayama University, Japan 7.99 98
95 Shenzhen University (SZU), China 7.81 22
96 Chulalongkorn University (CU), Thailand 7.70 61
97 Osaka Prefecture University (OPU), Japan 7.53 16
98 University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia 7.35 13
99 Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China 7.35 22
100 Chung-Ang University (CAU), South Korea 7.18 24

Footnote

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