It is the general view that Chinese students and universities alike are keen to rely on university rankings for evaluation purposes. However, the result depends significantly on which ranking is used. How are these rankings developed? What do they say about the development level of Chinese research and how far can we trust them?
Professor of Scientometrics Paul Wouters is the director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies of Leiden University. Like the Times Higher Education and Shanghai Ranking, the centre publishes its own yearly university research ranking, based on a solid scientific method that uses citation and publication data as a basis. The new ranking and a new research program will be released in May. It is the expectation that Chinese universities will continue their steady growth in this ranking.
Professor Wouters will give a presentation about important issues that arise when ranking universities, and the peculiarities of China. Afterwards there will be ample time for discussion with the public, and a panel of experts including scientific publication database Elsevier and the Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
More information about the time and location will follow soon.