2017 tables: Institutions

The 2017 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Share 2016 Count 2016 Change in Adjusted Share 2015-2016*
1 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 166.96 165.97 424 2.0%
2 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 156.06 157.77 321 3.7%
3 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 110.79 100.18 223 -7.3%
4 Yonsei University, South Korea 102.75 91.10 226 -9.1%
5 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea 83.24 75.04 248 -7.5%
6 Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea 61.95 70.81 278 17.3%
7 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 62.38 63.00 142 3.6%
8 Korea University, South Korea 63.51 62.39 225 0.8%
9 Hanyang University (HYU), South Korea 45.16 52.14 151 18.4%
10 Ewha Womans University (Ewha), South Korea 33.91 32.82 98 -0.7%
11 Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), South Korea 41.51 32.52 124 -19.6%
12 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea 29.30 26.78 64 -6.2%
13 Pusan National University (PNU), South Korea 18.87 25.62 93 39.2%
14 Kyung Hee University (KHU), South Korea 27.77 24.23 63 -10.5%
15 Samsung Group, South Korea 25.70 19.37 86 -22.7%
16 Sogang University, South Korea 20.88 15.90 31 -21.9%
17 Kyungpook National University (KNU), South Korea 16.66 14.14 108 -12.9%
18 Chung-Ang University (CAU), South Korea 17.09 13.88 31 -16.7%
19 Ajou University (AJOU), South Korea 15.07 12.77 35 -13.1%
20 Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), South Korea 6.97 12.44 38 83.0%
21 Chungnam National University (CNU), South Korea 15.10 11.31 41 -23.2%
22 Kangwon National University, South Korea 15.81 10.84 64 -29.7%
23 Inha University, South Korea 10.27 10.19 55 1.8%
24 Gyeongsang National University (GNU), South Korea 11.02 9.73 27 -9.5%
25 Dongguk University, South Korea 5.54 9.31 31 72.4%
26 Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), South Korea 11.20 9.20 29 -15.8%
27 Sejong University, South Korea 8.86 9.05 44 4.8%
28 Konkuk University, South Korea 12.97 8.84 45 -30.0%
29 Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI), South Korea 10.28 8.37 41 -16.4%
30 University of Science and Technology (UST), South Korea 8.50 8.10 59 -2.2%
31 Chonnam National University, South Korea 12.38 8.03 78 -33.5%
32 University of Ulsan (UOU), South Korea 12.42 7.71 41 -36.3%
33 Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), South Korea 3.04 6.97 19 134.9%
34 Jeonbuk National University (JBNU), South Korea 11.68 6.86 71 -39.7%
35 Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), South Korea 6.40 6.81 34 9.2%
36 Incheon National University (INU), South Korea 2.21 6.24 16 189.8%
37 Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), South Korea 9.70 6.05 27 -36.0%
38 University of Seoul (UOS), South Korea 3.90 5.62 68 47.9%
39 Chungbuk National University, South Korea 1.34 4.64 16 254.4%
40 Sookmyung Women's University, South Korea 1.07 4.64 19 343.3%
41 Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS), South Korea 6.36 4.45 16 -28.2%
42 The Catholic University of Korea, South Korea 6.06 4.38 11 -25.8%
43 Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), South Korea 4.52 4.03 22 -8.6%
44 Pukyong National University (PKNU), South Korea 2.36 3.86 14 68.1%
45 Kookmin University, South Korea 2.91 3.81 10 34.1%
46 Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), South Korea 2.47 3.70 11 53.7%
47 Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), South Korea 4.27 3.67 33 -11.7%
48 Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), South Korea 2.47 3.47 13 44.2%
49 Soongsil University, South Korea 5.41 3.37 23 -36.1%
50 Korea Institute of Machinery and Material (KIMM), South Korea 3.11 3.21 9 6.1%
51 LG Corporation, South Korea 1.75 2.88 9 68.4%
52 Yeungnam University, South Korea 5.15 2.43 11 -51.5%
53 Kwangwoon University, South Korea 7.10 2.42 7 -65.0%
54 Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), South Korea 1.00 2.03 6 109.0%
55 Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), South Korea 1.75 2.00 3 17.1%
56 Wonkwang University, South Korea 2.30 1.93 8 -13.7%
57 Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), South Korea 1.93 1.93 9 2.7%
58 Kongju National University, South Korea 2.50 1.76 6 -27.9%
59 Korea Institute of Atmospheric Prediction Systems (KIAPS), South Korea 2.58 1.75 2 -30.4%
60 Seoul National University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech), South Korea 2.36 1.75 9 -24.0%
61 Chosun University, South Korea 1.28 1.70 5 36.2%
62 Soonchunhyang University (SCH), South Korea 1.42 1.61 5 16.9%
63 Inje University, South Korea 2.66 1.57 4 -39.6%
64 South Korea Agency for Defense Development (ADD), South Korea 1.24 1.54 7 27.5%
65 Dankook University (DKU), South Korea 7.23 1.51 7 -78.5%
66 National Cancer Center (NCC), South Korea 3.08 1.33 8 -55.8%
67 Dong-A University, South Korea 2.30 1.29 6 -42.4%
68 Myongji University, South Korea 1.25 1.26 7 3.2%
69 Sunchon National University (SCNU), South Korea 0.58 1.25 4 119.8%
70 Hallym University, South Korea 0.90 1.23 5 40.3%
71 Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI), South Korea 2.96 1.22 4 -57.6%
72 Hongik University, South Korea 1.71 1.17 2 -30.1%
73 Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI), South Korea 1.11 1.14 5 6.2%
74 Seonam University, South Korea 1.08 2 N/A
75 APEC Climate Center (APCC), South Korea 0.42 1.06 2 161.6%
76 South Korea Ministry of Environment, South Korea 1.90 1.03 5 -44.8%
77 Handong Global University (HGU), South Korea 1.00 1 N/A
78 Kumoh National Institute of Technology (KIT), South Korea 0.64 0.92 2 46.3%
78 Daejeon University, South Korea 0.06 0.92 2 1,498.4%
78 Daejin University, South Korea 0.92 2 N/A
79 Gachon University (GCU), South Korea 3.23 0.79 7 -74.9%
80 Hoseo University, South Korea 0.13 0.75 1 515.4%
81 Korea National University of Transportation (KNUT), South Korea 0.80 0.70 2 -9.9%
82 Kunsan National University, South Korea 0.37 0.70 2 95.2%
83 Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI), South Korea 1.07 0.69 38 -34.2%
84 Kyonggi University (KGU), South Korea 0.45 0.62 5 41.6%
85 Korea Food Research Institute (KFRI), South Korea 0.17 0.61 4 268.6%
86 Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), South Korea 1.50 0.58 3 -60.0%
86 National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER), South Korea 0.06 0.58 2 857.3%
87 Bioneer Corporation, South Korea 0.55 1 N/A
88 Korea Aerospace University (KAU), South Korea 0.49 0.53 3 11.4%
89 Eulji University, South Korea 1.46 0.51 4 -64.0%
90 Dong-Eui University, South Korea 0.36 0.50 3 43.1%
91 Macrogen Inc., South Korea 0.06 0.50 3 772.8%
92 Korean Railroad Research Institute (KRRI), South Korea 0.21 0.50 1 146.2%
93 Korea Photonics Technology Institute (KOPTI), South Korea 0.09 0.48 3 437.3%
94 Hanwha Group, South Korea 0.47 3 N/A
95 Korea Carbon Capture & Sequestration R&D Center (KCRC), South Korea 0.17 0.46 2 182.1%
95 Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), South Korea 0.09 0.46 3 417.1%
96 Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT), South Korea 0.25 0.45 2 84.6%
97 Jeju National University, South Korea 0.33 0.45 4 37.4%
98 SK holdings, South Korea 0.33 0.44 2 35.5%
99 Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences (KIRAMS), South Korea 0.18 0.41 2 133.2%
100 Daegu University, South Korea 0.31 0.40 2 34.3%
101 Korea Maritime and Ocean University, South Korea 0.80 0.39 2 -49.5%
102 South Korea Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW), South Korea 0.04 0.37 7 742.0%
103 Daegu Gyeongbuk Medical Innovation Foundation (DGMIF), South Korea 0.18 0.36 3 108.2%
104 AmorePacific Corporation, South Korea 0.36 0.34 2 -2.4%
105 National Institute of Fisheries Science (NIFS), South Korea 0.14 0.33 3 139.6%
106 Silla University, South Korea 0.50 0.33 1 -31.6%
106 Korea Military Academy (KMA), South Korea 0.33 1 N/A
107 Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology (KICET), South Korea 0.51 0.33 3 -33.6%
108 Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea 0.30 2 N/A
109 InnoTherapy, Inc., South Korea 0.52 0.28 1 -45.6%
110 National Institute of Ecology (NIE), South Korea 0.06 0.25 1 361.6%
110 Korea Advanced Nano Fab Center (KANC), South Korea 0.26 0.25 1 -0.4%
110 Korea National University of Education (KNUE), South Korea 0.71 0.25 1 -63.8%
111 CKD Research Institute, South Korea 0.24 2 N/A
112 ChunLab, Inc., South Korea 0.23 1 N/A
113 Sun Moon University (SMU), South Korea 0.24 0.22 1 -3.5%
113 Diatech Korea Co. Ltd., South Korea 0.38 0.22 1 -39.2%
114 Konyang University, South Korea 0.09 0.22 4 148.4%
115 Pai Chai University, South Korea 0.14 0.20 1 43.6%
115 Changwon National University, South Korea 1.37 0.20 1 -85.0%
115 Dong-il Shimadzu Corporation, South Korea 0.20 1 N/A
115 YONSUNG Fine Chemicals Co., South Korea 0.20 1 N/A
115 Seoul Women's University, South Korea 0.20 1 N/A
116 Anyang University, South Korea 0.18 2 N/A
117 Cellex Life Sciences Inc., South Korea 0.18 1 N/A
118 Gyeonggi Institute of Science and Technology Promotion (GSTEP), South Korea 0.18 2 N/A
119 Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS), South Korea 0.07 0.17 1 139.3%
119 Sangmyung University, South Korea 0.90 0.17 1 -81.1%
119 Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), South Korea 0.17 1 N/A
119 Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE), South Korea 0.17 1 N/A
119 LabGenomics Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.17 1 N/A
120 Korea Institute of Toxicology (KIT), South Korea 0.16 2 N/A
121 Geromics Inc., South Korea 0.16 1 N/A
122 International Tuberculosis Research Center (ITRC), South Korea 0.16 0.15 2 -4.5%
123 Korea Brain Research Institute (KBRI), South Korea 0.17 0.15 1 -10.3%
124 Muju Agricultural Technology Center, South Korea 0.14 1 N/A
124 Korea Polytechnic University, South Korea 0.92 0.14 1 -84.0%
124 National Forensic Service (NFS), South Korea 0.14 1 N/A
125 Hanbat National University, South Korea 0.53 0.14 2 -73.8%
126 Gangneung-Wonju National University (GWNU), South Korea 0.85 0.13 17 -84.3%
127 Gyeongbuk Science and Technology Promotion Center (GBSP), South Korea 0.06 0.13 2 140.5%
128 CHA University (CHA), South Korea 2.28 0.13 2 -94.2%
129 National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR), South Korea 0.08 0.13 1 66.7%
129 University of Suwon (USW), South Korea 0.10 0.13 1 28.2%
129 Tegway Co. Ltd., South Korea 0.13 1 N/A
129 South Korea Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), South Korea 0.13 1 N/A
129 BSP Tech Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.13 1 N/A
129 Korea Testing and Research Institute (KTR), South Korea 0.13 1 N/A
129 AptaBio Therapeutics, Inc., South Korea 0.13 1 N/A
130 Genome Research Foundation (GRF), South Korea 0.12 1 N/A
131 Lemonex Inc., South Korea 0.11 0.11 1 2.6%
132 Shinhan University (SHU), South Korea 0.10 1 N/A
132 U&I Corporation, South Korea 0.10 1 N/A
133 National Medical Center, South Korea 0.05 0.10 2 87.2%
134 Korea University of Technology and Education (Korea Tech), South Korea 0.09 1 N/A
134 Drug Discovery System Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (DDSPharm), South Korea 0.09 1 N/A
135 Semiconlight Co., Ltd., South Korea 0.08 1 N/A
135 Jungwon University, South Korea 0.08 0.08 1 2.6%
135 Juvic, Inc., South Korea 0.08 1 N/A
135 Meta Biomed Co,. Ltd., South Korea 0.08 1 N/A
136 Ybrain, South Korea 0.08 1 N/A
137 Dongshin University, South Korea 0.07 1 N/A
138 Scripps Korea Antibody Institute (SKAI), South Korea 0.07 1 N/A
139 Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (KIOM), South Korea 0.07 0.06 1 -3.8%
139 Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (QIA), South Korea 0.06 1 N/A
140 Intelligent Synthetic Biology Center, South Korea 0.06 1 N/A
141 Masan National Tuberculosis Hospital, South Korea 0.06 1 N/A
142 The National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea (The NAS), South Korea 0.06 1 N/A
143 Woorisoa Children's Hospital, South Korea 0.04 0.05 1 33.3%
144 International Vaccine Institute (IVI), South Korea 0.15 0.05 2 -67.5%
145 Korea Mouse Phenotyping Center (KMPC), South Korea 0.04 1 N/A
146 MOGAM Institute (MI), South Korea 0.03 1 N/A
146 Seoyeong University, South Korea 0.03 1 N/A
147 Bio-Synergy Research Center (BSRC), South Korea 0.03 1 N/A
147 Bongilcheon High School, South Korea 0.03 1 N/A
148 Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea 0.10 0.03 1 -73.0%
149 Mokpo National University, South Korea 0.05 0.02 1 -58.6%
150 Advanced Neural Technologies, South Korea 0.02 1 N/A
151 Catholic Kwandong University (CKU), South Korea 2.05 0.01 1 -99.3%

Footnote

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