Top 30 academic institutions under 30

The table shows the top 30 academic institutions established as universities in 1988 or later. Institutions are ranked by change in adjusted fractional count (Adjusted FC*) from 2015 to 2017. Also listed are an institution's FC and total number of articles (AC) in 2017, and percentage change in Adjusted FC from 2015 to 2017.

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RankInstitutionYear of establishmentCountry / RegionFC 2017AC 2017Change in
Adjusted FC
2015–2017
Change in Adjusted
FC 2015–2017 (%)
1Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)2009China67.6019551.90330.5%
2King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)2009Saudi Arabia109.9823721.5624.4%
3Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI)12005India50.2018820.3668.2%
4Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)2006India98.2124619.2024.3%
5ShanghaiTech University2013China23.6712918.56363.7%
6Central South University (CSU)2000China43.7511416.6161.2%
7Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)2007South Korea77.1716215.2624.7%
8Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)2009Austria24.375313.49124.0%
9Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)1991China106.513159.379.6%
10Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)2011Japan21.17457.7057.2%
11Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)2004South Korea13.99457.26108.0%
12Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC)2015Thailand6.64156.392602.3%
13Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)2009Singapore11.65315.90102.7%
14University of Luxembourg2003Luxembourg9.61405.36126.0%
15University of Eastern Finland (UEF)2010Finland12.31595.2774.9%
16Grenoble Alpes University (UGA)22016France55.885635.1310.1%
17National Chung Cheng University (CCU)1989Taiwan7.56104.94188.4%
18Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB)1998Switzerland9.59894.3583.1%
19University of Miyazaki2003Japan4.77333.77379.3%
20University of Science and Technology (UST)2003South Korea11.66713.7146.6%
21Charles III University of Madrid (UC3M)1989Spain5.55233.61186.3%
22The Kitasato Institute32008Japan10.86223.5749.1%
23Nottingham Trent University41992United Kingdom (UK)3.72153.552085.5%
24University of Yamanashi2002Japan7.19223.4793.2%
25Medical University of Graz (Med Uni Graz)2004Austria5.26423.46192.4%
26University of Plymouth51992United Kingdom (UK)11.12323.4244.4%
27University of Stavanger (UiS)2005Norway5.38113.33162.0%
28Shiv Nadar University (SNU)2011India4.1773.11293.5%
29Damghan University1988Iran3.2763.081596.3%
30University of California, Merced (UC Merced)2005United States of America (USA)11.58413.0736.0%

* FC figures are adjusted to 2017 levels.
1 Formed from 10 research institutions of the Indian Department of Atomic Energy in 2005.
2 2015 output based on FC of three institutions that merged in 2016 to form Grenoble Alpes University.
3 Created in 2008 from the merger of the former Kitasato Institute and Kitasato University.
4 Founded as a university from Trent Polytechnic in 1992.
5 Gained university status in 1992.