Top 100 rising institutions

The table shows the top 100 rising institutions, ranked by change in adjusted Share* from 2015 to 2019. Also listed are the institution's Share and Count in 2019, percentage change in adjusted Share from 2015 to 2019, and global rank in the 2020 annual tables.

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Rank Institution Share 2019 Count 2019 Change in
Share* 2015–2019
Change in
Share* 2015–2019 (%)
1University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China407.882336288.61242.0 %15
2University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China455.821231173.0561.2 %8
3Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China244.57794128.29110.3 %38
4Tsinghua University, China428.611392127.3042.2 %12
5Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China259.15633124.0191.8 %35
6Sichuan University (SCU), China221.44395114.65107.4 %47
7Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China128.35374110.58622.3 %99
8Nanjing University (NJU), China422.311034108.4234.5 %13
9Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China193.99463100.56107.6 %59
10Wuhan University (WHU), China217.1649593.2575.3 %49
11Zhejiang University (ZJU), China329.8281589.1437.0 %23
12Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China108.5321779.52274.1 %128
13Soochow University, China229.2545377.2150.8 %44
14Nankai University (NKU), China243.0059572.9942.9 %39
15Shenzhen University (SZU), China77.7426666.79609.6 %204
16Tianjin University (TJU), China156.7459957.7758.4 %74
17Central South University (CSU), China87.6323457.21188.1 %173
18South China University of Technology (SCUT), China121.9127557.1588.2 %104
19Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China1805.22548056.773.2 %1
20Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China119.4232556.2188.9 %109
21Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China86.3920553.75164.7 %178
22Xiamen University (XMU), China182.9035853.5741.4 %62
23Fuzhou University (FZU), China89.1916252.41142.5 %168
24Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China80.0130651.66182.3 %197
25Jinan University (JNU), China66.0216951.59357.6 %239
26Jilin University (JLU), China161.7135049.7744.5 %71
27Tongji University, China114.2834949.7577.1 %118
28ShanghaiTech University, China53.0221647.30827.5 %290
29Fudan University, China271.6274044.9819.8 %32
30Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China109.5623142.5863.6 %125
31Beijing Normal University (BNU), China120.5237642.0753.6 %107
32Beihang University (BUAA), China90.0737641.5885.7 %164
33Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China87.2319440.9588.5 %174
34China University of Geosciences (CUG), China65.3518140.72165.3 %243
35Shandong University (SDU), China121.7351739.4047.9 %105
36Shandong Normal University (SDNU), China66.9811338.53135.4 %236
37Peking University (PKU), China437.62161638.189.6 %10
38South China Normal University (SCNU), China49.9615538.01318.1 %306
39Southeast University (SEU), China81.2218837.6286.3 %194
40Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China49.3611437.40312.7 %311
41Hunan University (HNU), China144.2528936.8934.4 %85
42Henan University (HENU), China45.7711335.86361.8 %329
43University of Jinan (UJN), China44.969235.22361.5 %335
44Northwest University (NWU), China54.9312233.40155.1 %281
45Colorado State University, United States of America (USA)95.3427432.7052.2 %150
46Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China55.4915431.68133.1 %278
47University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China63.9213531.6297.9 %249
48Henan Normal University, China48.8011531.06175.2 %315
49China Pharmaceutical University (CPU), China45.657930.44200.2 %332
50Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU), China54.4611730.30125.4 %282
51Donghua University (DHU), China42.709528.55201.9 %355
52Cornell University, United States of America (USA)319.00100228.079.6 %24
53Yangzhou University (YZU), China37.608928.03293.0 %394
54Qingdao University of Science and Technology (QUST), China42.7410528.01190.1 %353
55Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China105.7220227.9636.0 %135
56University of Oslo (UiO), Norway76.5436127.8557.2 %205
57University of Vienna, Austria85.1428927.3047.2 %182
58China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), China43.5313826.47155.2 %344
59Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER Kolkata), India35.886526.31274.7 %404
60Southwest University (SWU), China78.0812326.3150.8 %203
61University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China45.7114225.97131.6 %331
62Hefei University of Technology (HFUT), China34.697025.84292.1 %413
63Jiangnan University, China36.188425.21230.0 %403
64Central China Normal University (CCNU), China58.0318124.8574.9 %269
65China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB), China29.877724.73481.1 %454
66Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), China41.529724.53144.4 %369
67The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China90.9536224.3236.5 %161
68National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore254.2272524.2910.6 %36
69East China Normal University (ECNU), China116.9029824.1926.1 %114
70Qufu Normal University (QFNU), China25.214823.861766.6 %496
71Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China32.0015123.84292.3 %434
72China Meteorological Administration (CMA), China42.5313923.82127.2 %358
73Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU), China38.158523.35157.8 %390
74Nanchang University (NCU), China40.7410822.63124.9 %375
75Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College (CAMS & PUMC), China52.0418022.5776.5 %297
76Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea89.2732622.3333.4 %167
77Shanghai University (SHU), China60.3915322.3158.6 %264
78City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China67.2422822.3049.6 %235
79Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland268.6064021.608.7 %33
80University of Amsterdam (UvA), Netherlands89.0057221.5832.0 %169
81People's Liberation Army (PLA), China68.9227821.3945.0 %232
82Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), India42.6217221.32100.2 %356
83Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia195.6687721.2812.2 %58
84Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT), China25.697720.99446.5 %487
85China Agricultural University (CAU), China42.9012020.5792.1 %352
86Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China34.5013620.52146.7 %416
87Chongqing University (CQU), China58.4314420.3753.5 %267
88Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China41.849020.0992.4 %365
89Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany155.4559220.0014.8 %75
90Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China32.8312019.85152.9 %425
91Qingdao University (QU), China30.168419.50182.8 %450
92Shaanxi University of Science and Technology (SUST), China20.123619.432814.8 %>500
93Yunnan University (YNU), China24.186218.21305.0 %>500
94Simons Foundation, United States of America (USA)18.5710517.732094.9 %>500
95Anhui University (AHU), China27.049017.67188.8 %481
96Alphabet Inc., United States of America (USA)20.716517.47538.9 %>500
97Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea84.8022517.4625.9 %185
98Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), China23.7817217.35270.1 %>500
99The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China90.2435517.3423.8 %163
100Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), Czech Republic93.2442317.1422.5 %155

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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2019 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.