Top 10 young graduate universities 2019

The highest ranked institution is just 10 years old.

3 December 2019

Gemma Conroy

Cong Liu

OIST researchers Kenneth Dudley (left) and Nick Friedman test an acoustic monitoring device.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is the most prolific young graduate university in the Nature Index, with more than twice the output of the second highest ranked institution, India’s Homi Bhabha National Institute of Science and Technology (HBNI).

At just 10 years old, KAUST has established itself as a contender in high-quality publishing in a short period of time. It was also among the top 10 young universities across all subjects and is the ninth fastest rising university aged 50 and under in the Nature Index.

KAUST took first place with a Share of 104.77, followed by HBNI, with a Share of 42.31.

Share, formerly referred to in the Nature Index as Fractional Count (FC) is allocated to an institution for an article according to the share of total authorship of the article contributed by authors affiliated with that institution. For calculation of Share, all authors are considered to have contributed equally.

Graduate universities in India and Japan took six places among the top 10, with a collective Share of 159.24.

The youngest graduate institution among the top 10, the eight year-old Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) * in Japan, rose to third place with a Share of 29.76.

Below are the top 10 young graduate universities in the Nature Index.

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  • Disclosure: David Swinbanks, founder of the Nature Index, is on the OIST board of councillors. He had no editorial input for this article.

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