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Taiwan’s Higher Education Evaluation And Accreditation Council (HEEACT) Selects Scientific Data By Thomson Reuters For University Evaluation


HEEACT And Scientific Business Sign MOU Of Collaboration To Support Taiwan’s University Evaluation System

Taipei, TAIWAN. – The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT) on collaborative efforts to support the university evaluation system and raise research output and evaluation standards in Taiwan.

The HEEACT, through joint endowment from the Ministry of Education and all universities, is the main institution authorized to conduct university evaluation in Taiwan. Its primary mission is to establish a fully integrated university evaluation system.

Said Dr. Victor Liu Wei-chi, Chairman of HEEACT, “Since 2007, HEEACT’s Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities has provided objective indicator measures of both long-term and short-term research performance of each institution annually, which considers mainly journal articles and their citations from Thomson Reuters’ science and social sciences citation indexes. The HEEACT rankings, particularly field-based rankings, aim to serve as a good benchmark for universities in Taiwan and worldwide to map their relative position among peer institutions. It also allows each research university to track its annual progress in terms of scientific paper output.”

Said Dr. Roger C.Y. Chen, President of HEEACT, “Both HEEACT and the Scientific business of Thomson Reuters share the same objective of providing an informed and balanced viewpoint in supporting the university evaluation system. We therefore decided to strengthen our collaborative efforts by signing an MOU. With the professional support and bibliometric expertise provided by the Scientific business, we can strive better for excellence by monitoring research output of universities in a more impartial manner. Both our organizations also benefit from the synergy which helps us to serve our target audience better and fulfill our goals.”

Under the MOU, Scientific will provide its bibliometric expertise as well as databases and professional support to help the HEEACT develop appropriate and consistent methodologies for measuring research output of universities and research institutions in Taiwan that are in keeping with evaluation standards used by the international research community. The HEEACT will promote public awareness and exchanges with both local and international academia and research communities on critical issues and feedback to continue to raise the higher education and research output standards in Taiwan.

Said Gary Liang, senior regional manager, Scientific business of Thomson Reuters in Asia Pacific, “We are pleased to be the primary partner for HEEACT metrics projects, and for the opportunity to collaborate strategically with HEEACT on this key initiative to help Taiwan develop a world-class higher education evaluation system.”

Said Dr. Wong Woei Fuh, Asia Pacific commercial director at Scientific, “Our strategic collaboration with HEEACT is in line with our support of local research communities in their continuous efforts to improve research standards. As the leading global provider of authoritative information to academic and research communities, we are committed to ensuring the integrity of our information in bibliometric analysis and research evaluation.”

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