Universities of applied sciences make spectacular strides in research
Universities of applies sciences are achieving growing quality in research. Today, their academic publications are head shoulders above the worldwide average, representing a radical shift from just a few years ago.
Citation impact score
The prevailing method used to determine the authority of research is to look at its citation impact score. In other words, how often do other academics refer to that research? Though there are pitfalls to keep in mind when applying this method, a citation impact score does give a good impression of academic influence. The score establishes an academic pecking order, as it were.
Though research universities are still a long way ahead, the level of research at universities of applies sciences is certainly catching up. Where they received 25 per cent fewer citations than their international peers in the years between 2002 and 2005, between 2006 and 2009 they actually topped the worldwide average by 13 per cent.
One contributing factor is that researchers at universities of applied sciences do not yet publish in academic journals on a large scale. Last year, they accounted for only 0.6 per cent of all academic output in the Netherlands.
The above developments are described in a new report on the indicators of knowledge, technology and innovation submitted by State Secretary Zijlstra to the Lower House of Dutch parliament. The report’s authors also offer explanations for the spectacular strides in academic research achieved at these institutions.
Source: Link - The Hague University of Applied Sciences’ magazine