- Yonsei University Ranks 1st among Asian Private Universities June 13, 2022
6-Step Rise from Last Year, New All-Time High Record of 73rd
Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, ranked 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2023 released by the global university evaluation agency QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) on June 9. This is a six-step rise from last year.
Yonsei University, which recorded its all-time highest ranking in history last year, achieved the feat of topping the "Asian private universities" by once again breaking its record in this year's announcement. In particular, it is more meaningful in that Yonsei is the only one among major private universities in Korea to rise in the rankings amidst the drops of most major universities.
The QS evaluates universities around the world based on six indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty-to-student ratio, international faculty ratio, and international student ratio. This year, 2,462 universities from around the world participated, and 1,422 of them were ranked. The evaluation, which marks its 19th year this time, is known to be most frequently referred to by education consumers and stakeholders worldwide, including students, educational institutions, and governments.
Yonsei achieved a rise in the overall ranking as its employer reputation rose 15 ranks from last year, its academic reputation rose nine notches, and the international student ratio climbed 38 steps. In particular, the internationalization index is all the more meaningful as it has achieved the best performance despite the worst situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rise of Internationalization Index through Intimate Exchanges with Overseas Universities
Yonsei University has developed a new customized program for Korean students enrolled at overseas universities who could not take lectures locally due to COVID-19. Also, Yonsei broke the record in the number of visiting students enrolled in the fall semester of 2021 through diversified marketing activities and intimate exchanges with foreign universities.
In addition, Yonsei has once again established itself as the cradle of internationalization education by signing a student exchange agreement with Cornell University and a visiting student agreement with the New School, a famous art college in the United States.
Proving Competitiveness on the World Stage with 29th Place in the Employer Reputation
Yonsei University is actively supporting classes centered on free discussion and knowledge sharing to foster hybrid talent required by the fourth industrial revolution era. Convergence education is provided to learn core knowledge of various majors through the "micro major system," and state-of-the-art education such as digital humanities and big data is also provided using artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR). The student career development system "Career Yonsei" supports students' successful entry into society by providing customized career support and interview programs using AI.
In addition, Yonsei University is building an experience-oriented and learner-centered education system away from classical education centered on knowledge transfer. To help students' creative ideas lead to startups, Yonsei has opened curricula specializing in startups and activated students' startups to foster future startup talents. It strives to cultivate entrepreneurship, create economic and social values through startups, create a culture of revitalizing startups, and establish a virtuous cycle of industry-academic cooperation centered on startups.
Yonsei also actively supports student-led comparative activities to create social values. To maximize social impact by fostering future talents who contribute to solving social problems, the Institute for Higher Education Innovation (IHEI) of Yonsei University actively supports student-led social problem-solving projects. It continues to take the lead in social problem-solving activities through connections with external institutions.
Rise in Academic Reputation with Diverse Supports for World-Class Research
In order to strengthen the research competitiveness, Yonsei University has established a policy to support researchers in all cycles for systematic support. It has established and implemented mid-to-long-term recruitment policies to discover and attract leading researchers. It has been intensively supporting them through the "Yonsei University Future-Leading Research Initiative" since 2014 to advance the timing of new professors reaching the peak of research. In addition, the "Yonsei Signature Research Cluster Program," which selects and intensively supports fields that can produce world-class research results, has been introduced since 2021.
The Yonsei Frontier Lab systematically supports international joint research with excellent overseas researchers to enhance the university's research capabilities to the world level. It continues to promote international collaborative research cooperation projects through strategic partnerships with outstanding universities such as Emory University, the University of Sydney, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Geneva. In particular, it had held international joint webinars continuously even when face-to-face meetings were impossible due to COVID-19. In addition, it constantly increases the ratio of international joint research by supporting human exchanges between researchers and establishing a collaborative research network with the world's top 20 universities.
In addition, efforts are being made to enrich the research ecosystem by strengthening the "Academic Research Fund Support Project in Humanities and Social Sciences" for balanced academic development and promoting K-NIBRT and the Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence to explore future high-tech research fields.