National University of Kaohsiung (NUK) was recognized again by the prestigious international review system. Times Higher Education (THE) from United Kingdom recently released its ranking results of “Best Young Universities 2019: Millennials”. NUK, ranked 56th globally, is the only national university from Taiwan.
The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings apply the same methodology as the World University Rankings to assess research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. However, the weightings are recalibrated to reflect the profile of missions of young universities.
The performance indicators are grouped into five areas: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff, students and research); and industry income (knowledge transfer).
NUK showed excellence in these indicators. For example, in the fields of teaching, research and international outlook, NUK collaborated with the Foundation for Yunus Social Business Taiwan to establish the Yunus Social Business Research Centre at NUK in 2017— the 3rd of Yunus research center in Taiwan and the 40th in the world. The center has successfully held International forums for social enterprise scholars to share research results. In 2018, the center organized "Medan International Co-learning Camp" and enabled teachers and students of NUK to visit the Padang Sidempuan area in Indonesia, learning how local enterprises promote their "rainforest friendly coffee and palm sugar" to the world.
In April, THE published its inaugural global ranking, “University Impact Ranking”, based on university contribution to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2016–2030. National University of University was ranked in the category of 201-300 in overall contribution. This definitely shows that the efforts of building partnership between NUK and international community are starting to be recognized.