China leads the emerging scientific research institutions rankings

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By 2022 China could dethrone the US in scientific research and consequently become one of the most innovative nations in the world.

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Nature Index launched its 2018 rising stars ranking that distinguishes emerging universities and institutes that make scientific research; fifty-one of the top 100 are from China.

The research produced by universities and institutes in China is increasing exponentially. An analysis undertaken by Times Higher Education believes that by 2022 China could dethrone the United States in scientific research and consequently become one of the most innovative nations in the world.

David Swinbanks, founder of Nature Index, states that China continues to dominate; however, "there are notable rising stars elsewhere (…) which come from Iran, Spain, UK, Switzerland, Japan, Luxembourg, South Korea, Austria, Norway, the United States, Singapore, Finland, India and France."

This year, the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences places itself in the top position thanks to its cutting-edge research and purpose of becoming a world-class university. It should be noted that its education system embraces the philosophy of merging scientific research with teaching.

From Latin America, only two Brazilian institutions stand out: the University of Sao Paulo (115) place and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (200)..

The Nature Index is a classification that evaluates more than 8000 institutes and monitors publications from 82 high-quality natural science journals.

Top 10 Nature Index Rising Stars 2018

  1. University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences - China

  2. Tsinghua University - China

  3. Shanghai Jiao Tong University - China

  4. Southern University of Science and Technology - China

  5. Wuhan University - China

  6. University of Science and Technology of China - China

  7. Indian Institutes of Technology - India

  8. Nanjing University - China

  9. South China University of Technology - China

  10. Southeast China University - China

You can find the complete list here.