Universities in Seoul, South Korea
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  • (19 institution and 6 subject rankings)
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For business studies see our separate ranking of business schools in Seoul, South Korea

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Seoul
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities updated with Seoul National University ranked highest among 26 listed universities in Seoul.
  • 17 Mar, 2021: Publication of Nature Index - Top 200 Institutions in Asia Pacific. Seoul National University with highest ranking among universities in Seoul ranked #22.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: Publication of QS World University Rankings By Subject (Anatomy & Physiology). Seoul National University with highest ranking among universities in Seoul ranked #11.
  • 28 Jan, 2021: THE Times Higher Education, UK published most recent results of THE World's Most International Universities - Times Higher Education. Includes 4 universities from Seoul.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Seoul

Pharmacy & Pharmacology
#21 
Seoul National University
Materials Science
#27 
Seoul National University
Geography
#31 
Seoul National University
Communication & Media Studies
#34 
Seoul National University
Physics & Astronomy
#36 
Seoul National University
Statistics
#51 
Seoul National University
Art & Design
#51 
Hongik University
English Language & Literature
#74 
Seoul National University
Agricultural Sciences
#79 
Seoul National University

Rankings of universities in Seoul, South Korea 2021

#1

Seoul National University

  • #1 
  • #60 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #37 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #42 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#2

Sungkyunkwan University

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (134 reviews)
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  • #3 
  • #101 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #88 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #5 
  • #138 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#3

Yonsei University

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
  • #7 
  • #187 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #5 
  • #85 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #115 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#4

Korea University

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (396 reviews)
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  • #5 
  • #167 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #3 
  • #69 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #4 
  • #127 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#5

Hanyang University

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (186 reviews)
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  • #10 
  • #351 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #7 
  • #146 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #185 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#6

Kyung Hee University

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (152 reviews)
  • #8 
  • #251 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #8 
  • #236 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #8 
  • #226 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#7

Ewha Womens University

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (242 reviews)
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  • #13 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #10 
  • #333 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #15 
  • #342 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#8

Sejong University

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  • #9 
  • #301 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #23 
  • #651 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #24 
  • #381 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#9

Chung-Ang University

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (177 reviews)
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  • #12 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #12 
  • #403 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #17 
  • #345 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#10

Konkuk University

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (184 reviews)
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  • #14 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #20 
  • #551 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #10 
  • #281 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#11

Sogang University

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (103 reviews)
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  • #19 
  • #801 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #15 
  • #490 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #32 
  • #413 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#12

University of Seoul

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (107 reviews)
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  • #33 
  • #1001 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #25 
  • #751 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #47 
  • #484 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#13

Dongguk University

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (94 reviews)
  • #13 
  • #456 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #23 
  • #374 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #26 
  • #1065 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]


#14

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (109 reviews)
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  • #11 
  • #392 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #86 
  • #583 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #8 
  • #301 
QS Employability Rankings
[Published 19 September, 2019]


#15

The Catholic University of Korea

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
  • #30 
  • #1001 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #14 
  • #456 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #29 
  • #976 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]


#16

Seoul National University of Science and Technology

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  • #34 
  • #1001 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #29 
  • #1001 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #58 
  • #524 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#17

Kookmin University

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (83 reviews)
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  • #29 
  • #1001 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #44 
  • #470 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #37 
  • #1196 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]


#18

Soongsil University

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (63 reviews)
  • #23 
  • #1001 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #53 
  • #508 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #34 
  • #1141 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]


#19

Catholic University of Korea

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (19 reviews)
  • #16 
  • #343 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #27 
  • #1070 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]
  • #21 
  • #701 
ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
[Published 17 August, 2020]


#20

Sookmyung Women's University

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (38 reviews)
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  • #34 
  • #432 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #33 
  • #1131 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #53 
  • #1725 
CWUR Center for World University Rankings
[Published 15 June, 2020]

#21

Kwangwoon University

Student satisfaction: 3.6 / 5.0 (35 reviews)
  • #38 
  • #452 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #37 
  • #1423 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]
  • #23 
  • #835 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]


#22

Seoul Women's University

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  • #51 
  • #500 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #63 
  • #2263 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #63 
  • #501 
QS University Rankings: Asia
[Published 25 November, 2020]

#23

Hongik University

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (112 reviews)
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  • #56 
  • #516 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #44 
  • #1548 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #50 
  • #1676 
CWUR Center for World University Rankings
[Published 15 June, 2020]


#24

Sahmyook University

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  • #88 
  • #585 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #60 
  • #2133 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #85 
  • #601 
QS University Rankings: Asia
[Published 25 November, 2020]

#25

Sangmyung University

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  • #64 
  • #537 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #74 
  • #2915 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #55 
  • #451 
QS University Rankings: Asia
[Published 25 November, 2020]

#26

Duksung Women's University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
  • #70 
  • #550 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #79 
  • #3243 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #75 
  • #2916 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]

#27

Hansung University

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (31 reviews)
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  • #98 
  • #646 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #65 
  • #551 
QS University Rankings: Asia
[Published 25 November, 2020]
  • #80 
  • #4400 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#28

Sungshin Women's University

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (34 reviews)
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  • #64 
  • #2278 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #73 
  • #2825 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]
  • #67 
  • #3722 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#29

Seoul National University of Education

  • #73 
  • #2806 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #62 
  • #501 
QS University Rankings: Asia
[Published 25 November, 2020]
  • #106 
  • #6913 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#30

Seokyeong University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (20 reviews)
  • #86 
  • #601 
QS University Rankings: Asia
[Published 25 November, 2020]
  • #99 
  • #5191 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#31

Seoul Christian University

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  • #57 
  • #2789 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#32

Dongduk Women's University

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (24 reviews)
  • #93 
  • #4800 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#33

Korea National Open University

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (14 reviews)
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  • #95 
  • #4956 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#34

Dongyang Mirae University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (17 reviews)
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  • #107 
  • #7324 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#35

Korean National University of Arts

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (68 reviews)
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  • #115 
  • #10098 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#36

Korean Bible University

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (6 reviews)
  • #117 
  • #10899 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#37

Seoul Cyber University

Student satisfaction: 5.0 / 5.0 (6 reviews)

#38

Korea Digital University

Student satisfaction: 5.0 / 5.0 (7 reviews)
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#39

Chugye University for the Arts

Student satisfaction: 4.9 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
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#40

Korea Christian University

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (5 reviews)

#41

Seoul Digital University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (6 reviews)

#42

Torch Trinity Graduate University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (4 reviews)
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#43

Korea National Sport University

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (13 reviews)

#44

Chongshin University

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (25 reviews)
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#45

Sungkonghoe University

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
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#46

Korea National Defense University

Student satisfaction: 3.7 / 5.0 (10 reviews)
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#47

Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary


#48

Baekseok Arts University


#49

Sungmin University


#50

Korea Institute of Science and Technology


Seoul Key Facts for International Students

Population: 10350000

Time: GMT +9

District/province: Seoul,

Living costs for students in Seoul:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 94* (6% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 81* (19% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 121* (21% more expensive than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 4,503.83 KRW
  • Plug Type C
    • Residential voltage: 220 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Plug Type F
    • Residential voltage: 220 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz

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FAQ

Seoul National University ranks #1 in Seoul in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Seoul Yonsei University is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 32 rankings where Yonsei University is listed.

Seoul National University is ranked best in Seoul for Medicine & Health (Pharmacy & Pharmacology). See all rankings for the Seoul National University.

Seoul National University is ranked best in Seoul for Engineering (Materials Science). See all rankings for the Seoul National University.

Seoul National University is ranked best in Seoul for Social Studies & Humanities (Geography). See all rankings for the Seoul National University.

Seoul National University is ranked best in Seoul for Journalism & Media Studies (Communication & Media Studies). See all rankings for the Seoul National University.

Seoul National University is ranked best in Seoul for Natural Sciences (Physics & Astronomy). See all rankings for the Seoul National University.

Seoul National University is ranked best in Seoul for Mathematics (Statistics). See all rankings for the Seoul National University.

Hongik University is ranked best in Seoul for Arts Visual & Performing (Art & Design). See all rankings for the Hongik University.

Seoul National University is ranked best in Seoul for Languages & Literature (English Language & Literature). See all rankings for the Seoul National University.

Seoul National University is ranked best in Seoul for Agriculture (Agricultural Sciences). See all rankings for the Seoul National University.

Ranking publishers

British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS University Rankings: Asia:
Academic reputation 30%
Employer reputation 20%
Faculty/student ratio 10%
International research network 10%
Citations per paper 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU Asia:
Research productivity 25%
Research impact 35%
Research Excellence 40%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

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RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

Criteria used in ranking -THE World's Most International Universities - Times Higher Education:
Proportion of international students 25%
Proportion of international staff 25%
Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25%
University’s international reputation 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -Best universities in the Asia-Pacific region:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Asia University Ranking:
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
Teaching 25%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 7.5%

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities:
Patent Volume 33%
Patent Citations 34%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11%

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Criteria used in ranking -Most Innovative Universities Asia Pacific:
Patent volume 11.11%
Patent success 11.11%
Global patents 11.11%
Patent citations 11.11%
Percent of patents cited/Patent citation impact 11.11%
Patent to Article Citation Impact 11.11%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11.11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11.11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11.11%

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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