Top 100 rising institutions in physical sciences

The table shows the top 100 rising institutions in physical sciences, 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), China130.43849101.67353.5 %15
2University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China167.5158368.1868.6 %10
3Tsinghua University, China184.1372859.4547.7 %9
4Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China86.7722551.14143.5 %36
5Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China83.9036142.20101.2 %39
6Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China44.6014941.631402.3 %95
7Nanjing University (NJU), China128.9143837.8641.6 %16
8Wuhan University (WHU), China61.1820234.82132.1 %58
9Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China64.2720633.09106.1 %55
10National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore125.3732232.7035.3 %17
11Tianjin University (TJU), China57.7116830.62113.0 %62
12South China University of Technology (SCUT), China42.529530.14243.5 %>100
13Hunan University (HNU), China31.4110826.58550.0 %>100
14Shenzhen University (SZU), China34.3411826.09316.2 %>100
15Beihang University (BUAA), China54.2828124.2280.6 %68
16Soochow University, China94.3821323.7933.7 %31
17Zhejiang University (ZJU), China90.7929523.7035.3 %33
18Sichuan University (SCU), China40.4510323.23134.9 %>100
19Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China33.8610022.60200.7 %>100
20Xiamen University (XMU), China33.967521.47172.0 %>100
21Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China60.1014620.5051.8 %60
22Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China44.209820.1884.0 %96
23Peking University (PKU), China150.6864719.9315.2 %11
24Jilin University (JLU), China49.2212019.4365.2 %81
25South China Normal University (SCNU), China24.869019.14335.2 %>100
26Harvard University, United States of America (USA)202.5663918.5310.1 %6
27Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China21.2710318.02554.3 %>100
28Nankai University (NKU), China46.8216518.0062.5 %89
29City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China35.8711516.9489.4 %>100
30Donghua University (DHU), China23.235016.39239.8 %>100
31Jinan University (JNU), China16.943914.95754.3 %>100
32Simons Foundation, United States of America (USA)14.767914.76N/A>100
33King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia47.4211214.4243.7 %87
34Central South University (CSU), China20.326614.20232.1 %>100
35Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea48.6718414.1240.9 %84
36ShanghaiTech University, China16.426414.06596.3 %>100
37Tongji University, China24.826713.61121.5 %>100
38University of California, Irvine (UCI), United States of America (USA)38.7916613.6054.0 %>100
39Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China20.966513.19169.9 %>100
40China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), China22.687713.12137.4 %>100
41Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia109.8257112.8113.2 %22
42Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea53.3814412.5930.9 %69
43Southeast University (SEU), China33.0210312.4660.6 %>100
44Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany47.7125212.3534.9 %85
45The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China33.6514411.9254.9 %>100
46Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China23.996511.7896.4 %>100
47Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), Israel71.6123011.7719.7 %45
48University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China29.407111.6665.7 %>100
49Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China15.466511.45285.8 %>100
50Fudan University, China95.0928510.9513.0 %29
51Cornell University, United States of America (USA)97.0032510.9212.7 %26
52Nanchang University (NCU), China15.363510.79235.8 %>100
53Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Netherlands35.248010.5542.7 %>100
54The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK)43.0423810.5032.3 %99
55Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China15.537010.36200.5 %>100
56Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA)54.7624810.3023.2 %66
57Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China11.383210.00726.6 %>100
58University of Valencia (UV), Spain22.661979.7475.4 %>100
59University of Amsterdam (UvA), Netherlands37.742909.5233.7 %>100
60Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (GU), Germany30.011079.4245.7 %>100
61Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER Kolkata), India10.90259.31588.7 %>100
62Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), India13.541369.30219.1 %>100
63China Pharmaceutical University (CPU), China9.60199.242532.7 %>100
64Griffith University, Australia12.82339.23256.9 %>100
65Yangzhou University (YZU), China10.16359.10857.4 %>100
66Bar-Ilan University (BIU), Israel19.64459.0585.5 %>100
67University of Barcelona (UB), Spain29.711598.9242.9 %>100
68Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China20.55528.9176.5 %>100
69Qufu Normal University (QFNU), China8.67128.67N/A>100
70The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA)71.132948.6013.8 %47
71Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China17.20408.4496.4 %>100
72Hefei University of Technology (HFUT), China10.51218.41401.1 %>100
73Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia9.95468.23479.2 %>100
74Shandong University (SDU), China32.631658.1433.2 %>100
75Western University (UWO), Canada13.47378.08149.7 %>100
76Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore11.93397.88194.8 %>100
77Northwestern University (NU), United States of America (USA)103.592907.848.2 %23
78New York University (NYU), United States of America (USA)37.581497.7826.1 %>100
79National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States of America (USA)37.642217.7025.7 %>100
80University of California, Davis (UC Davis), United States of America (USA)39.001877.6024.2 %>100
81Durham University, United Kingdom (UK)51.621477.5717.2 %74
82Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT), China7.68217.576444.3 %>100
83Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), United States of America (USA)20.39727.4257.2 %>100
84Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), United States of America (USA)71.383387.2211.2 %46
85University of Oslo (UiO), Norway13.951197.20106.7 %>100
86Silesian University in Opava (SLU), Czech Republic9.66167.16287.1 %>100
87Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU), China10.29367.15227.8 %>100
88East China Normal University (ECNU), China23.06837.1344.7 %>100
89University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia17.87617.1266.2 %>100
90University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT), Czech Republic9.71167.07268.6 %>100
91University of Lisbon (ULISBOA), Portugal21.301287.0749.7 %>100
92Yanshan University (YSU), China9.27207.07321.0 %>100
93University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China24.60767.0640.3 %>100
94Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), South Korea9.05286.86313.5 %>100
95Qingdao University (QU), China8.83306.81336.9 %>100
96Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil10.13396.80204.6 %>100
97University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy21.381716.6144.8 %>100
98KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden32.972386.5824.9 %>100
99Central China Normal University (CCNU), China13.961106.4585.9 %>100
100Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA)245.457476.412.7 %4

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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.