Ranking Chemical Engineering Departments in Turkey Based on Academic Performance

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Uyar B.

YUKSEKOGRETIM DERGISI, vol.8, no.2, pp.125-132, 2018 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.2399/yod.17.019
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.125-132
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


This study ranks the chemical engineering departments in Turkey based on their academic performances during the past five years. This is the first and only study that assesses and ranks the universities of Turkey at departmental level. Published international articles, completed TUBITAK research projects and graduate theses were used to calculate the academic performances. The departments are ranked based on both the total number of activities and the number of activities per academician; the ranking of total activities has been found to be a better reflection of public and scientific community perception. The results show that the highest ranked chemical engineering department in Turkey is in Istanbul University, and the top ten departments are located in the leading three cities (Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir). Only the top three departments in Turkey had comparable publication outputs compared to their international counterparts. The number of departments and academicians which are virtually unproductive in terms of academic output is also significant; one fifth of the academics did not publish any article in a journal that is indexed in the WoS database within the last five years, no graduate theses were produced in four departments, and eight departments did not have any completed projects. Even though more departments and academicians are added to the academic pool every year, total academic output does not increase in parallel.