RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AND BEYOND


In an age of globalization, will the Asian academic emergence continue in countries like Thailand and beyond?

Globalization has quickly created a network of collaborations between countries across the globe.

Within academia, research and ranking excellence has gone global and prolific universities now exist across both hemispheres. The World of Research report highlighted much of this growth, particularly within the Asia Pacific Region, that has propelled them into the spotlight. In the recent 2016-2017 THE World University Rankings, powered by Scopus, it was Asia that stood out with two Asian universities taking the Top 100 by storm, followed by four others joining the top 200.

This emergence has been inspiring and in the face of global challenges like climate change and food security, innovation and collaboration has become fundamental.

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ASIA EMERGENCE

MOST PROLIFIC RESEARCH COUNTRIES IN ASIA (2012-2016)

Using Scopus data from 2012-2016, we used SciVal to analyse and highlight the growth of Asia’s scholarly output which has grown from 911,071 publications in 2012 to 1,036,952 in 2016. This growth is spread across several countries with differing economic and political landscapes.

Across Asia Pacific, most countries are seeing impressive growth. Interestingly, the countries with the most growth are not the usual suspects, like China and Japan. Based on the British Council Report, Research Performance in South East Asia, three East Asian countries, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, are examples of how developing countries are using growing research and innovation to push their countries forward amongst their regional counterparts.

The high growth rate of scholarly output of Malaysia and Thailand, 30% and 20% respectively, has highlighted this emergence.

Combined Scholarly Output

Grew By

2.76%

Annually

From 2011-2016

PUBPUB%FWCI
CHINA 2,310,767 17.1% 0.86
INDIA 629,648 34% 0.76
THAILAND 65,750 20.1% 0.94%
SINGAPORE 97,781 14.2% 1.78
MALAYSIA 132,443 30% 0.90
NEW ZEALAND 71,879 6.8% 1.47
JAPAN 653,548 -5.7% 0.96
SOUTH KOREA 389,383 14.3% 1.04
TAIWAN 205,740 -13% 0.99
HONG KONG 82,481 13.3% 1.68
AUSTRALIA 446,444 18.9% 1.56

Key

PUB - Publications
PUB% - Publications (Growth %)
FWCI - Field Weighted Citation Impact


THAILAND FOCUS

THAILAND’S GROWING SCHOLARLY OUTPUT

Thailand, with a national focus on jumping into the future with innovation and research as a foundation, demonstrates an inspiring level of growth within the research sector, despite only 0.5% of their GDP spent on Research and Development (Source: World Bank : World Development Indicators).

In fact, Thailand has made a national decision to shape its economy via innovation.

Key

% of publications in top 10% journals

% of publications in top 1% journals

THAILAND’S TOP 6 RESEARCH AREAS

Based on Scopus data from 2010-2014, The World of Research report highlighted Thailand’s strength and impact within these 6 research areas.

These subject areas, particularly Agricultural Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Health Sciences and Natural Sciences, are particularly important facing the global challenges and curiosities we see today.

Research AreasPAPERSRAIFWCI
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE 1,362 1.73 0.80
SOCIAL SCIENCES 835 0.67 0.84
NATURAL SCIENCES 6,676 0.98 0.93
MEDICAL & HEALTH SCIENCES 3,829 0.95 1.05
HUMANITIES 196 0.44 1.19
ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY 3,883 1.09 1.02

Key

PAPERS - Papers published
RAI - Relative Activity Index
FWCI - Field Weighted Citation Impact

THAILAND INSTITUTIONS

Thailand is home to a variety of prolific research institutions, and a majority of institutions are seeing a growing number of publications and authors. This growth is indicative of the national push around research innovation.

Most Prolific Research Institutions

 PUBAPUB%FWCI
Mahidol University 10,659 8,762 22.8 1.18
Chulalongkorn University 10,237 7,611 23.9 1.02
Chiang Mai University 6,082 4,023 41 0.89
Khon Kaen University 5,178 3,974 22.6 0.85
Kasetsart University 4,904 4,064 21.3 0.77
Prince of Songkla University 4,311 3,083 16.6 0.94
Thammasat University 3,189 2,113 44.1 0.88
National Science and Technology
Development Agency Thailand
3,189 1,490 0.8 1.06
King Mongkut's University of
Technology Thonburi
3,059 2,002 -25.4 1.05
King Mongkut's University of
Technology Ladkrabang
3,040 1,834 50 0.80

Key

A - Authors
PUB - Publications
PUB% - Publications (Growth %)
FWCI - Field Weighted Citation Impact

THAILAND RESEARCHERS

Within these Thai institutions, are arrays of creative and innovative thinkers who are the spark to this impressive research emergence. They are the drivers of research and solutions to global challenges and are at the forefront of critical ideas and problem-solving.

Authors

Top 10 authors by number of publications in Thailand over the period 2012 to 2016. Note that some authors may no longer be affiliated with an institution in Thailand.

 PUBFWCICH
Kevin Hyde 396 2.56 5,209 65
Viroj Wiwanitkit 334 0.51 214 20
Burin Asavapibhop 320 3.7 8,926 49
Beuy Joob 294 0.49 116 4
Narumon Suwonjandee 283 3.15 4,646 38
Soottawat Benjakul 279 1.38 2,039 58
Norraphat Srimanobhas 242 3.75 6,736 30
Poom Kuman 240 1.75 1,377 27
François Henri Nosten 213 3.05 4,267 74
Nicholas White 207 3.55 4,614 111

Key

PUB - Publications
FWCI - Field Weighted Citation Impact
C - Citations
H - H-Index

10 Most Prolific Researchers In Thailand

Kevin Hyde

Plant Science

Mae Fah Luang University

Viroj Wiwanitkit

General Medicine and Other

Chulalongkorn University

Burin Asavapibhop

Nuclear and High Energy Physics

Chulalongkorn University

Beuy Joob

General Medicine and Other

Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center

Narumon Suwonjandee

Nuclear and High Energy Physics

Chulalongkorn University

Soottawat Benjakul

Food Science and Other

Prince of Songkla University

Norraphat Srimanobhas

Nuclear and High Energy Physics

Chulalongkorn University

Poom Kumam

Applied Mathematics and Other

King Mongkut’s University

François Henri Nosten

Infectious Diseases and Other

Mahidol University

Nicholas White

Infectious Diseases and Other

Mahidol University

THAILAND AND APAC COLLABORATION

Thailand has seen growing collaboration across Asia and the APAC region. The World of Research report notes that a high proportion of these international collaborations are highly impactful and cited above the world average.

CAPCATCAOFWCI
Japan 4,975 5,796 9,242 1.44
China 3,045 2,128 4,893 2.42
Australia 2,594 3,010 3,447 2.47
South Korea 1,589 1,418 2,309 3.05
India 1,548 1,262 2,279 3.26
Malaysia 1,490 1,385 1,407 2.41
Taiwan 1,287 1,137 1,756 3.39
Singapore 845 1,057 1,237 3.42
Pakistan 776 443 470 3.60
New Zealand 748 650 380 4.29

Key

CAP - Co-Authored Publications
CAT - Co-Authors In Thailand
CAO - Co-Authors in The Other Country
FWCI - Field Weighted Citation Impact