Celebrating Highly Cited Researchers: Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

Highly Cited Researchers™ are based at more than 1,300 institutions. We interviewed institutions to find out how they support their Highly Cited Researchers to encourage collaboration, facilitate career growth and accelerate highly innovative research. In this interview, we speak with Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea.


1. Do you have programs to celebrate Highly Cited Researchers?

We provide special research funds from the Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) Excellence in Research Award to foster Highly Cited Researcher candidates and support our core faculty who join the list in the future. In addition, our alumni association nominates Sungyungkwan candidates as Nobel Laureates to the Nobel Prize committee.


2. How does your institution promote the Highly Cited Researchers who work there?

We use multiple channels such as media, web pages and newsletters to promote the research performance of our Highly Cited Researchers. Furthermore, we also promote them among our overseas researchers and faculties for their achievement.


3. What value do you see in the Highly Cited Researchers program?

Having Highly Cited Researchers in our university means retaining global scholars in academic fields that contribute to the university’s research brand. We believe that this will directly influence our international reputation and external evaluation.


4. Is there anything else you’d like to tell people about your Highly Cited Researchers?

Our university has five Highly Cited Researchers in 2021, and this is a good testament to our research capability. These Highly Cited Researchers also motivate and inspire other researchers and ultimately improve our researcher community.


Read the executive summary for a deeper understanding of the researchers on the Highly Cited Researchers list and the institutions that support them.