University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

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University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
中国科学院大学
University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences logo.png
Motto博學篤志,格物明德
TypePublic university
Established1978
PresidentLi Shushen
Location,
China
CampusBeijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Lanzhou
Websitewww.ucas.ac.cn
University of Science and Technology of China
UCAS Yanqihu Campus (20160209163544).jpg
UCAS Yanqihu (雁栖湖) Campus in Huairou District, Beijing
Simplified Chinese中国科学院大学
Traditional Chinese中國科學院大學
Guokeda
Simplified Chinese国科大
Traditional Chinese國科大

The University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) (Chinese: 中国科学院大学) is a public university for graduate education, under the direct leadership of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The predecessors of UCAS are the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS) and the Graduate School of the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), which was founded in 1978 as the first graduate school in China by approval of the State Council.

UCAS produced the first doctoral graduate in science, the first doctoral graduate in engineering, the first female doctoral graduate and the first graduate with double doctoral degrees in China. In 2014, UCAS began to recruit undergraduates.[1] It is a Chinese Ministry of Education Double First Class Discipline University, with Double First Class status in certain disciplines.[2]

UCAS is ranked 18th in NTU Rankings 2019, placing it 1st in China,[3] and ranked 84th in CWUR World University Rankings 2020-2021, placing it 3rd in China only after Peking University and Tsinghua University.[4]

History[edit]

In 1978, the Graduate School of the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) was founded in Beijing, as the first graduate school in China.

In 1986, the Graduate School of USTC was renamed Graduate School (Beijing) of USTC, while USTC established a new Graduate School in Hefei, Anhui province.

In 2000, the Graduate School (Beijing) of USTC was renamed Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (GSCAS).

In 2005, GSCAS was renamed Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS).

In 2012, GUCAS was renamed University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS).

In 2014, UCAS began to recruit undergraduates.

Academics[edit]

Academic organisation[edit]

  • School of Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Physics
  • School of Astronomy and Space Science
  • College of Engineering Science
  • School of Artificial Intelligence
  • School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • College of Materials Science and Opto-Electronic Technology
  • College of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • College of Resources and Environment
  • College of Life Sciences
  • Savaid Medical School
  • School of Computer Science and Technology
  • School of Cyber Security
  • School of Electronic, Electric and Communication Engineering
  • School of Microelectronics
  • School of Economics and Management
  • School of Public Policy and Management
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department of Foreign Languages
  • Sino-Danish College / Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research
  • International College
  • Kavli Institute for Theoretical Sciences
  • Research Center on Fictitious Economy and Data Science
  • CAS Key Laboratory of Big Data Mining and Knowledge Management
  • CAS Key Laboratory of Computational Geodynamics
  • Center of Architecture Research and Design
  • Research Center for Innovation Method
  • Training Center
  • Tsung-Dao Lee Center of Sciences and Arts

Institutions[edit]

Founded in 1978, UCAS is the first graduate school in China with the ratification of the State Council. Backed by more than 110 institutes of the CAS, which are located at more than 20 cities all over the country, UCAS is headquartered in Beijing with 4 campuses, and 5 branches in Shanghai, Chengdu, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Lanzhou. From UCAS, graduated China's first doctoral student in science, first doctoral student in engineering, first female doctoral student and first student with double doctoral degrees in China. On the 20th anniversary of UCAS in 1998, Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party Jiang Zemin of the People's Republic of China wrote this inscription for the University: "Revitalizing China through science and education, and emphasizing the cultivation and nurturing of talented people." By 2004, 50,000 graduate students had graduated from UCAS, among whom there are nearly 20,000 PhD. students..

UCAS offers programs in nine major academic fields: science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, philosophy, economics, literature, linguistics, education and management science. The university is authorized to grant advanced degrees in 26 primary academic disciplines which include master's degree conferring rights in 130 secondary disciplines, and Doctoral degree rights in 114 secondary disciplines.

UCAS was the first university in China to start the master's degree program in English Applied Linguistics (with reference to TESOL in foreign countries). Since 1978, the program has educated more than 100 English teachers who are now working at various universities and graduate schools. UCAS has the leading position in English teaching and researching in China. Back in 1993, there were four teachers, who were also the UCAS graduates, joined the national team to set up China's first English Curriculum for Non-English Majored MS and PhD Students, issued by Chinese Commission of Education and published by Chongqing University Press.

The faculty of the university is composed of over 300 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and/or the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

UCAS offers "General Scholarship for Graduate Students", "CAS Scholarship", "CAS President Scholarship" and various other sponsored scholarships. The financial aid system of "research assistantship", "administration assistantship" and "teaching assistantship" has been put into practice in UCAS.

At present, with annual enrolments of more than 10,000 students, UCAS has over 30,000 ongoing students, among whom 51% are PhD students.

UCAS offers programs for international students and students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. It also provides financial aid for these students by setting up "UCAS International Students Scholarship" and "UCAS Scholarship for Students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan".

Reputation and Rankings[edit]

UCAS is ranked 84th in CWUR World University Rankings 2020-2021, placing it 3rd in China only after Peking University and Tsinghua University. UCAS is ranked 18th in NTU Rankings 2019, placing it 1st in China.[3]

In the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables by Nature Research, UCAS ranks 15th globally, 7th in Asia Pacific, and 6th in China (behind Chinese Academy of Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Peking University, Tsinghua University and Nanjing University).[5]

UCAS ranks 64th globally, 24th in Asia, and 19th in the mainland China according to the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020 based on the number of their scientific publications in the period 2015–2018.[6]

In 2020, UCAS is ranked 197th globally, 24th in Asia and 9th in China by the U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking, with its "Agricultural Science", "Biology and Biochemistry", "Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology", "Cell Biology", "Chemical Engineering", "Chemistry", "Energy and Fuels", "Engineering", "Environment/Ecology", "Geoscience", "Material Science", "Mechanical Engineering", "Microbiology", "Molecular Biology and Genetics", "Nanoscience and Nanotechnology" "Pharmacology and Toxicology", and " plant and animal science" subjects, placed in the global top 100.[7]

UCAS faculty are all based upon the research professors in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which has been consistently ranked the No. 1 research institute in the world by Nature Index since its inception in 2016, by Nature Research.[8] This makes UCAS arguably the best graduate school in China and one of the best in the world.[9]


Year Rank Valuer
2019 96[10] CWUR World University Rankings
2020 84[4] CWUR World University Rankings
2021 197[11] U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking

Students[edit]

Even though UCAS mainly caters to graduate education, the university started enrolling undergraduate students in 2014. In 2015, there are 44,464 graduate students and 664 undergraduates students attend the academy.[12]

UCAS, through its various departments and research institutes of the CAS across the country, offers the following programs to foreign students in a wide range of specialties and research fields: Master Program, PhD. Program, Program for Regular Visiting Students, and Program for Senior Visiting Students.

Asteroid[edit]

Asteroid 189018 Guokeda was named in honor of the university.[13] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 25 September 2018 (M.P.C. 111803).[14]

Global partner institutions[edit]

Europe[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Southeast Asia[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Introduction". Introduction to the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  2. ^ "教育部 财政部 国家发展改革委 关于公布世界一流大学和一流学科建设高校及建设 学科名单的通知 (Notice from the Ministry of Education and other national governmental departments announcing the list of double first class universities and disciplines)".
  3. ^ a b "University of Chinese Academy of Sciences". NTU Ranking. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b "University of Chinese Academy of Sciences Ranking - CWUR World University Rankings 2020-2021". Center for World University Rankings. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  5. ^ "2020 tables: Institutions | 2020 tables | Institutions | Nature Index". www.natureindex.com. Retrieved 2020-08-26.
  6. ^ Studies (CWTS), Centre for Science and Technology. "CWTS Leiden Ranking". CWTS Leiden Ranking. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  7. ^ "Best Global Universities Rankings: University of Chinese Academy of Sciences". US News & World Report. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Nature Index". Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Ranking". Research Center for China Science Evaluation, Wuhan University. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  10. ^ "University of Chinese Academy of Sciences Ranking - CWUR World University Rankings 2019-2020". Center for World University Rankings. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  11. ^ "University of Chinese Academy of Sciences - US News Best Global Universities Ranking 2021". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Statistics & Facts". University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  13. ^ "189018 Guokeda (1998 TC19)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  14. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  15. ^ "University Partners - Division of Community and International Networking". Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman(UTAR). Retrieved 25 December 2019.