Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy calls for the development of comprehensive, regional partnerships within Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN*), South Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and consists of 18 countries promoting regional exchanges and collaborations. This policy will build a new model of economic development for Taiwan, reposition the country as an important player in Asia’s growth, and create new value going forward.

Seven countries from ASEAN and South Asia were chosen for this infographic because they are closely linked with Taiwan. In particular, ASEAN has recently become Taiwan’s second-largest export market and second-largest per-capita investment destination.

Using 2012-2016 data from Scopus®, analyzed using SciVal®, we examined the cross-collaborative research efforts made between the 7 countries included in the New Southbound Policy, focusing particularly on the research developed together with Taiwan.

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“World of Research” Overview (2015)

Based on data from the World of Research* (2015), India has the highest value in the 6 factors below among these 7 countries.

These countries’ strengths and weaknesses in these 6 quantitative variables are simply identified and compared in the Radar chart below.

Taiwan's Most Prolific Research Areas (2012-2016)

Taiwan’s top research areas fall in line with the trending global topics and challenges. Most publications come from Engineering (60,399 publications) with a FWCI of 0.94, followed by Medicine (51,066 publications) with a FWCI of 1.09. The Southbound Policy should result in an increase in the co-authored publications being produced with other member countries.

Co-authored Publications (2012-2016)

Concerning Taiwan's top 5 research areas, India is the most prolific collaborator. For example in the field of Engineering they have co-authored 497 publications compared to 426 co-authored publications with Singapore. Most of the co-authored, collaborative papers have a FWCI great than 1 (the global average).

Co-authored Publications (2011-2016)

Major collaborating areas (2012-2016)

India exhibits the highest collaboration with Taiwan in Physics and Astronomy, while the top collaboration between Taiwan and Singapore is in Medicine. Malaysia and Taiwan produce the most publications in Physics and Astronomy. The top 5 subject areas of collaboration between Taiwan and these 7 countries based upon their publications respectively are: Medicine, Physics and Astronomy, Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology.

All data, except for the two Radar charts, taken from SciVal, 2012-2016 and includes all publication type (articles, papers, surveys, reviews, editorials, etc.)

About SciVal: SciVal offers quick, easy access to the research performance of 8,500 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide. About Scopus: Scopus® is the world’s leading abstract and citation database, and is used by institutions and governments,

as well as for university rankings around the world.

*ASEAN stands for The Association of Southeast Asian Nations including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

*Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) is the ratio of the total citations actually received by the denominator’s output, and the total citations that would be expected based on the average of the subject field. Global average is 1.

Elsevier (2015), *World of Research 2015. Retrieved from https://www.elsevier.com/research-intelligence/campaigns/world-of-research-2015