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World-class Universities and Research Institutions Evaluation Results in 2012
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World-class Universities and Research Institutions Evaluation Results in 2012
      Rising demands from various sectors of society for university evaluation has been intensified over the years, and the public are requiring more right to know about the universities. Most university rankings are targeted on undergraduate education (wapedia, nd).Many rankings on world’s universities have been published in the past few years, i.e.“World’s Best Colleges” published by U.S. News and World Report (U.S. News and World Report, 2010), Academic Ranking of World Universities” of Graduate School Education published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China Mainland (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2010) , “THE World University Rankings” published by Times Higher Education (Times Higher Education Supplement, 2010), and Webometrics Rankings of World Universities” of Consejo Superiorde Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain(Cybermetrics Lab of Consejo Superiorde Investigaciones Científicas, 2010).
      Based on previous evaluation programs, the first evaluation report for research competitiveness by Research Center for China Science Evaluation (RCCSE) was released in 2005. RCCSE has been conducting comprehensive study on status quo, research quality of world universities and research institutions every two years. It has issued three reports on competitiveness situation of world-class university and research institution since 2005. Considering reality needs, our RCCSE conduct an evaluation on world-class university and research institution in 2011. From November to December last year, researchers in RCCSE concentrate their efforts on investigating the research competitiveness of world-class universities and research institutions. Investigation and analysis on world-class university is of great significance since it provides a blueprint of status quo and development of world-class university education. Consequently, the reports will lend support not only to identifying problems within China university education, but also to the advancement of higher education.
      Approach to World-class Universities Evaluation
      Generally, bibliometric methods are used for university evaluation. In this study, metrological approach will be introduced to evaluate the competitiveness of world-class universities. Evaluation on world-class universities is carried out according to the following factors. Firstly, to ensure the continuity of evaluation and comparability of the evaluation results, research subjects and scope, data sources and data processing method, indicators used are inherited from previous years with some subtle modifications to reflect the new laws and characteristics of world-class universities. Secondly, in world-class university research competitiveness evaluation, the data is from the ESI databases developed by the United States Thomson Reuters, and the patent databases DII. Both databases are comprehensive with world-wide reputation, which will ensure the authority and credibility of the data.
      Evaluation Subjects and Scope
      A citation threshold of ESI is applied to each field ranking: institutions are selected if they are in the top 1% by total citations in a given field. All the 1562 universities and 1080 research institutions meeting the condition are selected as the evaluation subjects. The totally 1565 universities are included in the Ranking of the Scientific Research Competitiveness of World-class Universities. And all the 1565 universities and 1080 research institutions are involved in the Rankings of Discipline Competitiveness Rankings of World-class Universities and Institutions.
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