(7 February 2018) The 2018 cycle begins. THE released its 2018 Asia rankings 7 February 2018. Covering 359 universities from 25 countries across Asia, this is an increase of 101 universities from 2017.
Table 1 shows the top 15 universities in 2018 with their 2017 rankings and 2018 world rankings.
The names are the same; the order varies. For example, Hong Kong University jumped over NTU, which is now tied with HKUST. The latter has the higher citation impact score. Hong Kong and South Korea both have four in the top 15 followed by China with three and two each from Singapore and Japan. Japan has the most universities with 89 followed by China with 63 and India with 42 (Table 2).
According to Simon Baker (Baker, 2018) THE’s data editor, the most notable change is the increase in citation impact of Chinese universities. But there are still no Chinese universities in the top ten in citation scores in Asia and just two in the top twenty.
What is notable to me is the poor showing of the ASEAN countries. Singapore might lead the region with its number one ranking but none of the newer universities have broken into the rankings. We will look at Asean rankings later in 2018. Our next article on authors will shed some light on the increase in Chinese citation impact.
Baker, Simon (6 February 2018). Citation impact helps China surge ahead in latest Asia rankings. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/citation-impact-helps-china-surge-ahead-latest-asia-rankings