13 June 2017
The Nature Index is based on a list of 68 of high impact international research journals that is updated monthly. It is therefore a relevant and timely assessment of performance at the highest levels of research.
Recently Nature Index produced a supplement analyzing China’s research achievements. The report found that Chinese researchers were increasingly involved in international collaborative projects although the country still lags behind Germany, the UK and the USA and indicated the cities that were developing as research hubs. The supplement reported that, unlike Japan and the USA, China has increased both the absolute number of high impact research articles and its share of global research output.
The supplement focused on the World Class 2.0 policy that aim to produce a number of internationally competitive world class universities by the close of this decade.
World Class 2.0 replaces the earlier projects, 211 and 985, which have been criticised for a lack of transparency and promoting inequity within the country’s higher education system. The aim of the new project is to develop new world class universities and disciplines, to improve performance in global rankings and to develop the higher education system. There will be 100 elite disciplines in addition to world class universities.
All Chinese universities are eligible for the program and selection will be the responsibility of a committee of experts. Universities will also be encouraged to seek funding from provincial governments and industry as well as the central government.