Chinese universities made little progress this year in the recently released Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings 2013.
This followed an Asia-wide trend of under-representation on the list, the Times reports:
There are now no Asian universities in the top 20 after the University of Tokyo was displaced by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich at number 20.
China (which has 28 in the top 500), Taiwan (9), Hong Kong (5), Singapore (2), India (1) and Malaysia (1) all have the same number of universities in the table as last year.
South Korea (11) had one more institution than in 2012, but Japan (20) has one fewer … There continues to be just a single country representative of Asia in the top 100 – Japan.
The five highest ranking universities in China were listed as follows:
- 1. Fudan University
- 2. Peking University
- 3. Shanghai Jiao Tong University
- 4. Tsinghua University
- 5. Zhejiang University
These were all in the top 151 – 200 universities worldwide.
Despite the many obvious drawbacks of comparing vastly differing universities around the world in a ranking system, high rankings are a banner of prestige for universities and attract students, donors, partner institutions, among other benefits.
University rankings are also clearly valued domestically in China. The state-controlled Global Times published an article on December 5 celebrating China’s performance in the latest Times Higher Education BRICS and emerging economies university rankings.
No doubt university administrators around the country will be keeping their fingers crossed (and doing all they can) for better performance on next year’s global list.
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