University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)


Located in Beijing, UCAS (University of Chinese Academy of Sciences) is a university established with the approval of Ministry of Education of PRC, focusing on graduate education. Its predecessor was GUCAS (the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences), the first graduate school in China.

In June 2012, GUCAS was renamed UCAS. It started enrolling undergraduate students for the first time, and its mission is to cultivate innovative leading talents in science and technology for the future of the nation.

Being the largest graduate education institution, UCAS' main task has long been graduate education. UCAS is authorized to confer master and doctorate degree of all science disciplines and 90% engineering disciplines. It is also authorized to confer professional master's degree of disciplines. From 1980 to 2016, UCAS had conferred degrees on 139,684 students, including 67,544 doctors and 72,140 masters. Eighty-nine graduates of UCAS were elected Full and Emeritus Members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).

UCAS has 4 campuses in Beijing and 5 education centers outside Beijing, which are the cornerstone of a large and dynamic education and research network incorporating more than 110 CAS institutes all over China. The network is facilitated with 3 national labs, 77 national key labs, 189 CAS key labs, 30 national engineering research centers (labs) and 23 large-scale scientific facilities.

UCAS is run by CAS, which was established in 1949. Comprising 114 institutes, CAS is China's highest academic institution in natural sciences, the highest consultant institution in science and technology, research and development center of natural science and high technology, and the most important training base for advanced scientific talents.

Buttressed by the cutting-edge research advantages and advanced human resources of CAS, UCAS is committed to building itself into a world-class university. It adopts a philosophy called "A fusion of scientific research and teaching" as its basic system of education. CAS fully supports and facilitates the fusion of UCAS and the institutes under CAS in terms of management system, faculty, training system and scientific research, so as to share the responsibilities of management and education.

Based on CAS' extensive international scientific cooperations, UCAS has established close ties and partnerships with Columbia University, University of California, Australian National University, the Max Planck Society in Germany, the National Center for Scientific Research in France, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences of the United States and many other world-renowned universities. It has jointly established the Sino-Danish College in China with the Danish Ministry of Science and Education and eight Danish public universities.

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1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) published between 1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC 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.

1818 318.05

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 817 146.79
Physical Sciences 680 113.09
Life Sciences 326 50.87
Earth & Environmental Sciences 253 47.08

Highlight of the month

Detailed look at photosynthetic complex PSII

©Rafael Dols/Getty

©Rafael Dols/Getty

A high-resolution snapshot of the molecular supercomplex at the heart of photosynthesis, known as photosystem II (PSII), offers insights into its light-harvesting mechanisms and their regulation.

Researchers at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and other Chinese institutes used cryo-electron microscopy to determine the structure of a low-light version of PSII from pea plants. The PSII complex, which includes more than 20 subunits, consists of a core and several peripheral antennae, known as light-harvesting complexes II (LHCII), variation in which help plants adapt to different light levels.

The structural analysis revealed the connections and interactions between subunits. The team found that the antennae are highly mobile, which may facilitate adjustment of LHCII to regulate the complex’s light-harvesting capacity. The high resolution of the structure and the fact that it included the entire pigment network also enabled the team to reconstruct the energy transfer pathways in PSII. 

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  1. Science 357, 815-820 (2017). doi: 10.1126/science.aan0327

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International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 79.87% Domestic
  • 20.13% International

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

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