By Peter Griffin 28/07/2016

The scientific journal Nature has just published its annually updated Nature Index to identify the rising stars among research institutions around the world and a couple of New Zealand institutions get a mention.

[UPDATE: I left out GNS Science, which came in 18th!]

In the Asia Pacific picks for the top 25 rising stars are the University of Otago in 8th place, GNS Science in 18th place] and the Malaghan Institute for Medical Research in 20th place. The other 22 rising stars are Australian research institutions. What do the rankings mean?

As Nature puts it:

On its own, the index is a powerful tool to assess research performance. But, combining its data with other information, such as country-level R&D spending or researcher numbers, reveals which countries and institutions are the most efficient at producing world-class research.

The rising stars are institutions that are increasing the quality of their research output relative to other institutions – the Nature Index tracks 8,000 institutions in total.

All of the Rising Stars profiles and rankings are available on the Nature Index website.

Here’s what the University of Otago’s Nature Index profile looks like…

Source: Nature
Source: Nature

Interestingly, on a global scale, the top 9 rising stars are all Chinese research institutions, with the University of Oxford rounding out the top ten. This graph illustrates the strides China is making in research in a relatively short period of time: