Another year, another university rankings, and… well actually, unusually little improvement from Chinese institutions of higher learning.
In recent years, Chinese universities have reliably been shooting up all of the various university rankings at a comparatively blazing speed. However, the new 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings sees them stay at about the same positions as they held last year.
Tsinghua University, which was all the way down at 35th in 2011, broke into the global elite two years ago and climbed all the way up to 14th in 2017, where it also placed this time around. Last year, six universities on the Chinese mainland made it into the rankings’ top 100. The same number placed there this year as well (though with the University of Science and Technology of China replacing Nanjing University).
“China’s relentless march up the global league tables has stalled, after making major gains in recent years,” said the editor of the rankings, Phil Baty. “This new data shows just how hard it is for emerging powers to break into the traditional global elite.”
Baty added that this year’s results are really no cause for alarm, predicting that China’s continued investment in education spending and increased internationalized at colleges will eventually allow its universities to start climbing up the rankings yet again.
Here are the universities that made the top 100 from mainland China:
14) Tsinghua University, Beijing
17) Peking University, Beijing
71-80) Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
81-90) Fudan University, Shanghai
81-90) University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei
81-90) Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai
From Hong Kong:
40) University of Hong Kong
61-70) Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
71-80) Chinese University of Hong Kong
And from Taiwan.
51-60) National University of Taiwan
Overall, Harvard took the top spot, followed by MIT and Stanford. Any guesses for when Tsinghua will be ranked #1?