Sichuan University (SCU)


Sichuan University is one of the earliest modern universities in China, with a history that can be traced back to the Sichuan Sino-Western School founded in 1896. The current Sichuan University is the result of two mergers, first with the former Chengdu University of Science and Technology and then with the former West China University of Medical Sciences. The expanded Sichuan University has three campuses --- Wangjiang, Huaxi and Jiang’an in the historical and cultural city of Chengdu, sprawling 7,050 mu (approximately 470 hectares).

With a long tradition in education, Sichuan University has, over the past 120 years, given rise to many academic heavyweights, industrial elites and leading administrators who are pillars of the society. Its famous alumni include Zhu De, one of the founding fathers of the People’s Republic of China, and Yang Shangkun, China’s former president, as well as Guo Moruo and Ba Jin, renowned masters of modern Chinese literature, who have all once studied at Sichuan University. Moreover, over 50 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) are Sichuan University alumni.

Currently, the university is dedicated to cultivating globally competitive innovators. It has more than 37,000 full-time undergraduate students and 20,000-plus master and PhD candidates, as well as nearly 3,000 international students.

The university offers a comprehensive range of disciplines to its students, with 33 colleges, covering 12 subject areas, such as humanities, science, engineering and medicine. According to Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators (ESI), 13 of its disciplines, including chemistry, clinical medicine, engineering, pharmacology and toxicology, biology and biochemistry, mathematics, physics, neuroscience and behavioral science, molecular biology and genetics, agricultural sciences, plant and animal sciences and social science are ranked among the global top 1%. Particularly, chemistry is ranked among top 1‰ globally.

With a strong faculty team of 5,238 full-time faculty members, including 1,051 full professors, 1,230 associate professors and 15 CAS and CAE academicians, Sichuan University has built robust research programs, having made a series of representative research achievements. For example, Feng Xiaoming’s catalytic asymmetric Roskamp reaction provided a new method for the synthesis of chiral compounds. Studies on carbon capture and utilization (CCU) and CO2-mineralization are promoting the rise of a new energy industry in China and even globally. Cross-disciplinary studies on translational medicine led to an innovative technological chain of gene discovery – drug R&D – clinical treatment. In 2014 alone, 3,647 papers were published in journals listed in the Science Citation Index (SCI). Based on the Nature Index data in 2014, Sichuan University is ranked at 106th among global academic institutions.

The university’s research strength is also demonstrated in 13 national-level research bases and four state-level international science and technology cooperation bases. Having achieved many national-level science and technology awards, the university has already become a major driver of the socioeconomic development in western China.

Looking forward, Sichuan University is committed to making greater contributions to the progress of society and human civilization.

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1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Sichuan University (SCU) published between 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

173 84.39 84.20

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 105 68.69 68.69
Life Sciences 47 10.29 10.29
Physical Sciences 33 9.60 9.41
Earth & Environmental Sciences 1 0.22 0.22

Highlight of the month: Sichuan University (SCU)

Searching for the forest in the trees

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A survey of China’s Grain-For-Green Program (GFGP), which reforests farmland that is vulnerable to erosion, reveals that it is failing to restore biodiversity.

An international team, including researchers at China’s Sichuan University, combined a literature survey, biodiversity estimates in the field, and economic analyses to assess the outcome of the GFGP in the Sichuan province. The GFGP forests were overwhelmingly monocultures, and only a small proportion were mixed forests with up to five tree species; nearly none had as much tree diversity as the native forests the croplands had replaced. The restored forests were home to fewer bee species than the croplands, and while bird diversity in mixed forests was greater than in croplands, it was lower in monocultures.

The researchers recommend that GFGP promote mixed forests over monocultures, which would increase biodiversity without incurring additional costs for GFGP farmers. While converting the croplands back to native forests might incur a small cost, it would significantly increase biodiversity.

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  1. Nature Communications 7, 12717 (2017). doi: 10.1038/ncomms12717

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International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 57.23% Domestic
  • 42.77% International

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Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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