POSTECH Named Korea’s #1 on THE Asia University Rankings 2016


POSTECH has been ranked as #8 university in Asia, leading the pack of Korean universities in the recently published Asia University Rankings 2016 by the Times Higher Education (THE).

The London-based provider of data and analytics on higher education used the same 13 performance indicators as the World University Rankings published last September. The indicators largely fall under a category in the five following areas: teaching; research; citations; industry income; and international outlook. The same indicators, however, have been recalibrated to reflect the recent changes in Asia’s higher education, such as the increasing importance on academia-industry collaboration.

While POSTECH received high scores across all areas, its citations and industry income in particular stood out as proof of the University’s outstanding research excellence and impact. Since the university’s opening, POSTECH has continuously placed a strong focus on high-impact research and translation of research outcome into industrial applications, and consequently has shown impressive performance over the years. The University’s industry income above all has been at the world’s top for the past six years.

Having launched a new initiative earlier this year to recruit industry professionals as full professors in consultation with corporations, POSTECH is building momentum for a leap forward. The University aims to transform itself from a top research university to a top entrepreneurial university that plays a greater role in society by fueling the economy and driving growth.

According to the Asia University Rankings, the two best universities in Asia, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, are in Singapore followed closely by Chinese universities. In contrast to the rise of Chinese universities both in mainland and Hong Kong, Japanese universities have lost their places at the top except Tokyo University securing the 7th place in the list. Korea has three universities in the top ten, POSTECH at the 8th and Seoul National University and KAIST at the 9th and 10th, respectively.