Top 100 rising academic institutions

The table shows the top 100 rising academic 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 academic institutions.

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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 %11
2University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China455.821231173.0561.2 %4
3Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China244.57794128.29110.3 %33
4Tsinghua University, China428.611392127.3042.2 %8
5Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China259.15633124.0191.8 %30
6Sichuan University (SCU), China221.44395114.65107.4 %42
7Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China128.35374110.58622.3 %88
8Nanjing University (NJU), China422.311034108.4234.5 %9
9Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China193.99463100.56107.6 %51
10Wuhan University (WHU), China217.1649593.2575.3 %44
11Zhejiang University (ZJU), China329.8281589.1437.0 %18
12Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China108.5321779.52274.1 %115
13Soochow University, China229.2545377.2150.8 %39
14Nankai University (NKU), China243.0059572.9942.9 %34
15Shenzhen University (SZU), China77.7426666.79609.6 %177
16Tianjin University (TJU), China156.7459957.7758.4 %65
17Central South University (CSU), China87.6323457.21188.1 %149
18South China University of Technology (SCUT), China121.9127557.1588.2 %93
19Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China119.4232556.2188.9 %97
20Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China86.3920553.75164.7 %154
21Xiamen University (XMU), China182.9035853.5741.4 %54
22Fuzhou University (FZU), China89.1916252.41142.5 %145
23Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China80.0130651.66182.3 %170
24Jinan University (JNU), China66.0216951.59357.6 %205
25Jilin University (JLU), China161.7135049.7744.5 %62
26Tongji University, China114.2834949.7577.1 %105
27ShanghaiTech University, China53.0221647.30827.5 %252
28Fudan University, China271.6274044.9819.8 %27
29Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China109.5623142.5863.6 %112
30Beijing Normal University (BNU), China120.5237642.0753.6 %96
31Beihang University (BUAA), China90.0737641.5885.7 %143
32Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China87.2319440.9588.5 %150
33China University of Geosciences (CUG), China65.3518140.72165.3 %209
34Shandong University (SDU), China121.7351739.4047.9 %94
35Shandong Normal University (SDNU), China66.9811338.53135.4 %202
36Peking University (PKU), China437.62161638.189.6 %6
37South China Normal University (SCNU), China49.9615538.01318.1 %266
38Southeast University (SEU), China81.2218837.6286.3 %167
39Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China49.3611437.40312.7 %271
40Hunan University (HNU), China144.2528936.8934.4 %76
41Henan University (HENU), China45.7711335.86361.8 %284
42University of Jinan (UJN), China44.969235.22361.5 %290
43Northwest University (NWU), China54.9312233.40155.1 %244
44Colorado State University, United States of America (USA)95.3427432.7052.2 %133
45Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China55.4915431.68133.1 %241
46University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China63.9213531.6297.9 %215
47Henan Normal University, China48.8011531.06175.2 %275
48China Pharmaceutical University (CPU), China45.657930.44200.2 %287
49Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU), China54.4611730.30125.4 %245
50Donghua University (DHU), China42.709528.55201.9 %306
51Cornell University, United States of America (USA)319.00100228.079.6 %19
52Yangzhou University (YZU), China37.608928.03293.0 %331
53Qingdao University of Science and Technology (QUST), China42.7410528.01190.1 %305
54Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China105.7220227.9636.0 %121
55University of Oslo (UiO), Norway76.5436127.8557.2 %178
56University of Vienna, Austria85.1428927.3047.2 %157
57Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER Kolkata), India35.886526.31274.7 %339
58Southwest University (SWU), China78.0812326.3150.8 %176
59University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China45.7114225.97131.6 %286
60Hefei University of Technology (HFUT), China34.697025.84292.1 %347
61Jiangnan University, China36.188425.21230.0 %338
62Central China Normal University (CCNU), China58.0318124.8574.9 %232
63China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB), China29.877724.73481.1 %376
64Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), China41.529724.53144.4 %315
65The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China90.9536224.3236.5 %140
66National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore254.2272524.2910.6 %31
67East China Normal University (ECNU), China116.9029824.1926.1 %101
68Qufu Normal University (QFNU), China25.214823.861766.6 %414
69Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China32.0015123.84292.3 %363
70Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU), China38.158523.35157.8 %329
71Nanchang University (NCU), China40.7410822.63124.9 %321
72Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College (CAMS & PUMC), China52.0418022.5776.5 %257
73Shanghai University (SHU), China60.3915322.3158.6 %228
74City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China67.2422822.3049.6 %201
75Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland268.6064021.608.7 %28
76University of Amsterdam (UvA), Netherlands89.0057221.5832.0 %146
77Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), India42.6217221.32100.2 %307
78Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT), China25.697720.99446.5 %406
79China Agricultural University (CAU), China42.9012020.5792.1 %304
80Chongqing University (CQU), China58.4314420.3753.5 %230
81Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China41.849020.0992.4 %312
82Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany155.4559220.0014.8 %66
83Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China32.8312019.85152.9 %357
84Qingdao University (QU), China30.168419.50182.8 %373
85Shaanxi University of Science and Technology (SUST), China20.123619.432814.8 %486
86Yunnan University (YNU), China24.186218.21305.0 %429
87Anhui University (AHU), China27.049017.67188.8 %401
88Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea84.8022517.4625.9 %160
89The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China90.2435517.3423.8 %142
90Western University (UWO), Canada53.0212816.1343.7 %251
91Auburn University, United States of America (USA)25.649116.11169.0 %409
92Northeastern University (NEU), China25.674416.10168.2 %407
93Nanchang Hangkong University (NCHU), China16.642615.962358.7 %>500
94Huaqiao University (HQU), China25.084215.40159.0 %417
95University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland64.9720614.7729.4 %212
96University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia41.8514714.6854.0 %311
97Boston College (BC), United States of America (USA)42.079114.4452.3 %309
98University of Virginia (UVA), United States of America (USA)86.9633913.8118.9 %151
99Guangzhou University (GU), China14.024813.765241.9 %>500
100Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati), India34.487313.0660.9 %350

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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.