The 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was officially released on August 15th by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, a fully independent organization dedicating to research on higher education intelligence and consultation. ARWU presents the world Top 500 research universities as well as universities ranked between 501 and 1000 as ARWU World Top 500 Candidates. 72 institutions of higher learning from the Chinese mainland make the list including Wenzhou Medical University (WMU) ranked between 601 and 700 that makes the list for two years in a row with improved total score and ranking as compared with those in 2017.
In this year’s ARWU, three independent medical universities in mainland China, namely, the Capital University of Medical Sciences, Peking Union Medical College and Nanjing Medical University, make their appearances in the World Top 500 in addition to 13 independent medical colleges selected as the World Top 500 candidates. WMU has improved its total score from 7.9 points in 2017 to 8.4 points, taking the 7th place among the independent medical universities in mainland China and the 5th place among the medical colleges and universities jointly constructed by the Ministry of Education, the National Health and Family Planning Commission and the provincial government.
Regarding universities in Zhejiang Province, Zhejiang University is ranked the 67th and makes the Top 100 for the first time. Ranking the second in Zhejiang, WMU along with Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou University of Electronic Science and Technology, Zhejiang University of Technology and Ningbo University are among the World Top 500 Candidates.
In addition, WMU’s disciplines of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biology and Bioengineering enter into the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. It is noteworthy that WMU’s discipline of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences has made the list for two consecutive years and is ranked in the range of 151-200, marking a significant improvement from the ranking in the 201-300 range in 2017. The disciplines of biology and bio-engineering are selected for the first time ever and are ranked in the range of 401-500.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was first published in June 2003 by the Center for World-Class Universities (CWCU), Graduate School of Education (formerly the Institute of Higher Education) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Since then, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has been published and updated for 16 editions. To rank world universities, ARWU uses five primary indicators including education quality, teacher quality, research results and per capita performance of teachers and six secondary indicators including the number of alumni winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals（Alumni),the number of staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (Award), the number of highly cited researchers selected by Clarivate Analytics（HiCi), the number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science（N&S), the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index（PUB）, and the per capita performance of a university（PCP）. The university with the highest weighted score of the above five indicators is scored 100 while the rest universities are the valued according to their ratios to the highest scores.