The QS World University Rankings are annual university rankings published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) which provides the overall rankings of top global universities as well as the rankings for individual subjects. The 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject is a comprehensive guide to the world’s best universities in 30 popular subjects of 5 academic disciplines: arts & humanities, engineering & technology, life sciences & medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences.
According to the 2014 subject rankings, released on February 26, KAIST made the list of top 50 universities in 9 subjects: physics & astronomy; materials sciences; chemistry; chemical engineering; mechanical, aeronautical & manufacturing engineering; electrical & electronic engineering; civil & structural engineering; computer science & information systems; and biological sciences.
Among them, KAIST was ranked number one in Korea for 5 subjects: materials sciences (16th); mechanical, aeronautical & manufacturing engineering (21st); civil & structural engineering (32nd); computer science & information systems (36th), and biological sciences (43rd).
For basic sciences, KAIST has made good progress as well. For example, in mathematics, KAIST took first place in Korea and was ranked in the 51st-100th of the world’s top universities. Another notable result was that its business college in Seoul campus, a relatively new addition to KAIST, made the rankings list of 51st-100th in accounting & finance.
The 2014 QS subject rankings used the following criteria for its evaluation of university performance: a survey of academic and employer reputation, citations per paper, inclusion of specialists, and the h-index, known as the Hirsch index or Hirsch number, which was suggested by Jorge E. Hirsch, a physicist at the University of California in San Diego, as a tool for determining theoretical physicists’ relative quality. Today, the h-index is used to measure both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar.
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