Chinese universities have fared surprisingly well in yet another world ranking of the best universities, claiming 5 of the top 100 spots.
Yet again, the leader was Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, which ranked 18th, right between Cornell and ETH Zurich. Nibbling at their heels however was Peking University, coming in at 21st, between University College London and John Hopkins University.
Here’s a full list of the Chinese universities included:
18 – Tsinghua University
21 – Peking University
71-80 – Fudan University
71-80 – Shanghai Jiaotong University
81-90 – Zhejiang University
The “Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings” is based on subjective judgments of over 10,000 published scholars from 133 countries across the world. Final scores are based on the number of times that an institution was named as the best in its field.
Unsurprisingly, the list was dominated by US and European institutions, but apart from the five mainland universities, three Hong Kong universities also made the top 100, as well as the National Taiwan University in Taipei.
Back in March, the QS World University Ranking named Tsinghua as the 25th best university in the world, generating some skepticism about the methods that they used to arrive at that ranking. However, it would seem that in the two months since then, China’s top university has managed to improve itself even further.
Recently, China has been rapidly expanding its higher education system, with a new college literally going up every single week. But it also appears like they are doing an admirable job of improving the quality of at least their top institutions, or at their perception.
Though where are the world rankings on the most beautiful campus?
Btw, here are the top ten overall, in case you’re curious:
1 – Harvard University
2 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3 – Stanford University
4 – University of Cambridge (suck it, Oxford)
5 – University of Oxford
6 – University of California, Berkeley
7 – Princeton University
8 – Yale University
9 – Columbia University
10 – California Institute of Technology