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NSYSU remains one of top five universities in Taiwan according to the newest QS World University Rankings by Subject

According to the newest 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject, published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) – world’s leading data analytics company from England specializing in the global higher education sector, National Sun Yat-sen University has remained one of five best universities in Taiwan for the past two years, outranked only by National Taiwan University, National Cheng Kung University, National Tsing Hua University, and National Chiao Tung University. This year, one more discipline at NSYSU was entered into the ranking list – Chemical Engineering, raising the total count to 16 subjects. Four new subjects of the University were listed in the past three years, with most new subjects entered last year (2019). This is the biggest growth among the top ten universities in Taiwan.

This year, National Sun Yat-sen University ranked among the best universities for all five major fields: Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences & Management, with at least two subjects per field. Overall, NSYSU made a notable improvement in subject rankings, with a total of 16 subjects appearing in the ranking, among them English Language and Literature, making a progress of 50 ranks and entering the 151-200 rank band and ranking second best for this subject in Taiwan; the University entered the 201-250 rank band for Economics and Econometrics, and has become the third best in Taiwan; NSYSU rose to be among the top 100 in the world and top 6 in Taiwan for Physics & Astronomy and entered the 201-250 rank band for Modern Languages, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Education & Training. Other subjects that appeared on the ranking include Chemical Engineering, Material Sciences, Computer Science and Information, Mechanical Engineering, Agriculture & Forestry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Accounting & Finance and Business & Management Studies.

NSYSU President Ying-Yao Cheng emphasized, that the University has the smallest faculty group and is the youngest institution among top ten universities in Taiwan according to QS World University Rankings by Subject. In spite of this, the average academic performance per faculty member reveals a great potential of NSYSU. In the past three years, Chemical Engineering entered the ranking for the first time this year. Director of the Office of Institutional Research Professor Shiao-Wei Kuo pointed out that these achievements were possible thanks to the financial support of the Higher Education Sprout Project by the Ministry of Education for the University’s two international research centers: the Center for Crystal Research, which research scope covers chemical engineering, materials sciences and physics – three disciplines which entered the ranking this year, and the Intelligent Electronic Commerce Research Center, which scientific papers ranked among the top ten globally and entered rankings of the related disciplines: economy, business and management, accounting and finance, proving the strengths of the University.

For many years, National Sun Yat-sen University has been building its outstanding research base and strength and collaborated with partners around the globe on projects including 5G mobile phone multiantenna systems, high-sensitivity radar, crystal growth, Kuroshio power generation, and Dongsha Atoll Research Station. The University also has Aerosol Science Research Station, the only center of this kind in Asia. In addition, thanks to the support of the newly-risen research team and the University’s scientific papers in the environment and ecology-related disciplines were among the 1% most cited globally, according to Essential Science Indicators (ESI); this proves the University’s outstanding performance.

Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology, National Sun Yat-sen University established the Taiwan and Sri Lanka Environmental Change Sciences and Technology Innovation Center, and Baltic Countries Physics Research Center in cooperation with the University of Latvia. The mission of the University is to “be a driving force for academic and cultural advancement, talent cultivation and industrial development of Greater Kaohsiung”. In recent years, the University has focused on research and development of underwater vehicles, smart technologies for AI aquaculture system, information security, biomimicry technology, maritime engineering, and marine environment protection.

According to 2020 Essential Science Indicators, National Sun Yat-sen University has scientific papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for ten disciplines: Engineering, Materials Science, Plant & Animal Science, Chemistry, Clinical Medicine, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Computer Science, Environment/Ecology, and Social Sciences.
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