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Ho Chi Minh City Open University ranked 13th on SCImago rankings in 2021

Date: (01/06/2021)

Particularly, Ho Chi Minh City Open University ranked 349th in Asia (Top 500) and 13th in lists of Vietnamese Universities. The purpose of the SCImago (SCImago Institutions Rankings) is to provide a useful metric tool for institutions, policymakers and research managers for the analysis, evaluation and improvement of their activities, outputs and outcomes at the universities, research institutes.

SCImago was established since 2009 and is published annually by a research organization headquartered in Spain including members from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), University of Granada, Charles III University of Madrid, University of Alcalá, University of Extremadura and other educational institutions in Spain. This year, SCImago continues to rank research institutions in the world (Universities, Research Institutes) based on 3 criteria of research performance (50%), innovation outputs (30%) and social impact (20%). SCImago collects data for a period of 5 years, 2 years prior to publication; The only exception is the case of web indicators which have only been calculated for the previous year.

“The scientific research activities of Ho Chi Minh City Open University has constantly achieved high performance. Especially, during the past 5 years, lecturers and learners of HCMCOU when participating in national examination, the University always stays within the top 10 under the Ministry of Education and Training, with the researches recognized by the International community. Scientific research projects of both students and lecturers have been flourished and are persistently be one of the lead among top research universities, which were published in well-known journals such as ISI, Scopus, therein some published scientific articles are in the fields of natural sciences; science, engineering and technology; medical science, pharmacy; agricultural science and social science… The school's encouraging achievement has reflected great efforts of the University management board along with lecturers, learners, etc. in making proper investment strategies and effective implementation in scientific research activities” – Prof. Dr. Nguyen Minh Ha-President of HCMCOU expressed.


In Vietnam, SCImago is a prestigious ranking, used by organizations such as the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Nafosted Foundation as one of the reference bases for the assessment process of science and technology organizations. In 2021, one of the criteria to be ranked for research performance is that a higher education institution must publish at least 100 Scopus articles in the final year of the five-year data collection period, which means in year 2019, specifically taking data for the period 2015 - 2019, only website indexes get data in 2020./.

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