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Seoul National University lags far behind peers in global research ranking

All News 12:51 April 04, 2016

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Seoul National University (SNU) lags far behind other high-ranking schools in the world in the number of international joint research papers published by its faculty, according to the SNU's Senate on Monday.

The prestigious university only ranked seventh out of eight top-ranked universities checked in terms of international joint research treatises published from 2010 to 2014, according to an analysis by a 12-member research team.

Professor Ye Sung-joon of the Graduate School of Convergence Science & Technology, who led the team, made the report to the university after an analysis of the international research programs, situations and activities of the universities in the world.

For the past five years, SNU carried a total of 10,899 research papers on "Scopus," which is a bibliographic database containing abstracts and citations for academic journal articles.

SNU carried out 1,848 joint studies in 2010, then 2,011 in 2011, 2,364 in 2012, 2,335 in 2013 and 2,341 in 2014, according to professor Ye.

In comparison, Canada's top-ranked University of Toronto carried 32,508 international joint studies, three times as much as SNU, in the same period.

During the same period, Britain's Oxford University carried 23,119 research papers while Stanford University in the United States published 20,102 treatises.

SNU ranked the lowest in the ratio of international joint papers out of total treatises, which accounted for only 26.4 percent.

Oxford University's international research papers accounted for 53.1 percent of total papers, followed by the University of Toronto at 45.5 percent and the University of Melbourne in Australia where numbers reached 43.2 percent.

SNU also ranked lower than other Asian top-ranked universities such as the National University of Singapore, the University of Tokyo, Peking University and the University of Hong Kong, in terms of international joint research studies.

In addition, SNU also remains at the bottom in other indices for globalization. Its ratio of the number of foreign professors out of full-time faculty members was only 4.96 percent, which is much lower than the 10 percent of Japan's University of Tokyo and University of Kyoto.

Two other famed universities in Asia -- the University of Hong Kong and the University of Singapore -- had 20 percent of their professors as foreign full-time faculty.

Meanwhile, SNU's overseas patent applications and registrations declined in 2014 after it had shown meager increases from 2012 to 2013, the latest data showed.

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