On March 25, Essential Science Indicators (ESI) from Clarivate Analytics, released its latest rankings of the top 1% of global research disciplines. Agricultural Science is, for the first time, one of the seven disciplines of Northwest University shortlisted in ESI’s global top 1% disciplines. The other NWU disciplines are Geoscience, Chemistry, Material Science, Engineering, Clinical Medicine, as well as Pharmacology and Toxicology. This is an increase of four compared to the the first year of NWU’s Thirteenth Five-Year Plan Period (2016-2021).
With statistics covering scientific trends drawn from more than 12 million articles published in over 12,000 global journals, Essential Science Indicators delivers in-depth coverage to effectively analyze and benchmark research performance, identify significant trends, rank top performers, and evaluate potential employees and collaborators. Unlike categories of disciplines in China, ESI tracks the upper echelon of 22 research fields based on the categories of journals. Adding another discipline to the list marks another milestone in NWU’s efforts to promote the development of substance in disciplines and to deepen cross-disciplinary collaborations.
Academics from NWU’s School of Food Sciences, School of Life Sciences and School of Environment Sciences have published 268 papers (including 5 most cited papers) from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2020. All these papers were assessed by ESI in the field of agricultural science, contributing to NWU’s Agricultural Science entering into the global top 1%.
On the same day, the third-party evaluation agency（Cuaa.Net）announced its 2021 Rankings on China’s University Alumni Associations. According to the list, NWU ranks No. 45, surging 12 places in comparison with its showing in last year and tied for top 3 with other domestic research universities. This bears testimony to how NWU’s domestic influence is on the rise.