World University Rankings: How do Chinese Universities Measure Up?

World University Rankings: How do Chinese Universities Measure Up?
Sep 17, 2015 Translated by

Editor's Note: If there is one thing that is more important than education in China, it's rankings. Since 1998, elite Chinese universities have seen huge investments to retain their international status. This year has seen a payoff. The article reports on how Chinese universities rank among other world-class universities.

The QS World University Rankings were released on Tuesday, and four Mainland Chinese institutions were included in the top 100. Seven were named in the world’s top 200 universities.

The World’s Top Universities
Tsinghua University was ranked 25 in the world. Tsinghua was the first Chinese university to crack the top 25 back in 2006. Peking University rose 16 spots to number 41, Fudan moved up 20 spots to number 51 and Shanghai Jiaotong University rose 34 spots to number 70.

2015 2014 Universities Nation
1 1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US
2 4 Harvard University US
3 2 University of Cambridge UK
3 7 Stanford University US
5 8 California Institute of Technology US
6 5 University of Oxford UK
7 5 University College London UK
8 2 Imperial College London UK
9 12 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland
10 11 The University of Chicago US
11 9 Princeton University US
12 22 National University of Singapore Singapore
13 39 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
14 17 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne Switzerland
15 10 Yale University US

The top 10 universities in ranking order are: MIT, Harvard University, Cambridge University, Stanford University (tied for third), California Institute of Technology, University of Oxford, University College London, Imperial College London, ETH Zurich, and the University of Chicago.

For universities in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was ranked 28, University of Hong Kong came in at 30, Chinese University of Hong Kong was ranked 51  and City University of Hong Kong placed 57th. Hong Kong Polytechnic University was ranked 116.

Strong Research Institutions
27 Chinese universities were included in the rankings, and 26 of the universities moved up in the list from the previous year.

2015 2014 Universities
25 47 Tsinghua University
41 57 Peking University
51 71 Fudan University
70 104 Shanghai Jiao Tong University
110 144 Zhejiang University
113 147 University Of Science And Technology Of China
130 162 Nanjing University
232 240 Beijing Normal University
273 335 Wuhan University
277 328 Nankai University
291 481-490 Harbin Institute Of Technology
307 321 Sun Yat-sen University
331 379 Xi`an Jiaotong University
345 393 Tongji University
381 451-460 Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
401-410 441-450 Xiamen University
401-410 501-550 Beijing Institute Of Technology
411-420 501-550 Shanghai University
421-430 501-550 Tianjin University
441-450 461-470 Renmin University Of China

“Over the past decade China has invested in the fields of higher education and research and have made amazing additions to multiple research programs in the fields of engineering and tech. This year, we looked at a university’s influence in research, and Chinese universities showed a strong performance,” said Ben Sowter, QS Research Director.

Success of China’s C9
The QS rankings have also confirmed the success of the Chinese C9 League. All Nine schools in the elite league increased in the rankings, and seven were included in the global top 200. The C9 universities are Peking University, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Nanjing University, University of Science and Technology of China, Harbin University of Technology and Xi’an Jiaotong University.

China’s C9 League is similar in design to the UK’s Russell Group and U.S.’s Ivy League. C9 Universities are designed to focus on top research in science and the humanities, and the league itself is meant to strengthen cooperation and exchanges between the universities. Internationally, the C9 is also known as “the Chinese Ivy League.”

Source: The Paper

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There are almost double the amount of Dutch universities in the top 200 than Chinese universities. Maybe China´s educational system still needs a lot of improvement.

Sep 23, 2015 12:05 Report Abuse



Rankings is not the key criteria that would improve the education quality

Sep 22, 2015 11:26 Report Abuse



Rankings is not the key criteria that would improve the education quality

Sep 22, 2015 11:26 Report Abuse



i study in Shanghai Jiao Tong University and im proud ^_^

Sep 22, 2015 01:11 Report Abuse



rankings and cliques and valued certificates. for 25 points on your test score, name one difference between a marketing scam and a Chinese university degree.

Sep 19, 2015 04:07 Report Abuse



How many people with a choice attend Chinese "universities"?...

Sep 17, 2015 20:44 Report Abuse



If you know the criteria, you know "rankings" are all BS anyways.

Sep 17, 2015 17:04 Report Abuse



haha, the one that entered this field in 2004, alias bs university rankings? Guess where these chinese universities are on THIS list. lol

Sep 17, 2015 12:58 Report Abuse



you do know that this other ranking you shared is just as much biased as the above one? never trust a statistic you didn't fake yourself!

Oct 19, 2015 19:10 Report Abuse