The reputation of Chinese universities around the world continues to improve with a number of the country’s most prestigious institutions moving up once again in this year’s QS World University rankings.
Last year, the rankings, published annually by the London-based higher education information specialist Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), surprised many with two top Chinese universities — Tsinghua and Peking — taking a dramatic leap upwards, generating some skepticism about the group’s methodology.
But this year was more of the same with Tsinghua University holding steady at #25 in the world, ahead of schools like UC Berkeley, Northwestern and the University of Tokyo, while Peking University moved up just a bit to #38. Also joining those two elite institutions in Beijing in the top 50 was Shanghai’s Fudan University which was ranked at #40.
Shanghai Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University in Nanjing and the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei also made the top 100, along with five universities from Hong Kong, in addition to one in Taipei.
Check out which universities in Greater China made the top 100 below:
25) Tsinghua University
26) The University of Hong Kong
30) The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
38) Peking University
40) Fudan University
46) The Chinese University of Hong Kong
49) City University of Hong Kong
62) Shanghai Jiaotong University
76) National Taiwan University
87) Zhejiang University
95) The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
97) University of Science and Technology of China
In total, 39 universities in mainland China were included in the ranking of the world’s top 1,000 universities. In general Chinese universities performed well in categories like academic reputation, citations per faculty and employer reputation; and not so well in categories that take into account a school’s diversity in faculty and students.
For instance, Tsinghua was ranked 14th in academic reputation (scoring 99.8/100), but only 464th in international students (25.6/100). The University of Science and Technology of China ranked 23rd in citations per faculty, but didn’t even register in international faculty.
In recent years, China has been trying to attract more and more foreigners to come and study at the country’s institutions of higher learning. According to the Ministry of Education, 442,000 international students were studying in mainland China last year, up 11% from 2015.
However, China will soon make an interesting change in how it deals with foreign students. SCMP reports that starting from next month, international students in China will have to take courses in Chinese, as well as ones that teach them about China’s laws, regulations, culture and customs.
[Images via People’s Daily]
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