Tsinghua University has achieved its best ranking this year in the latest QS World University Rankings. TUCHONG
Choosing an ideal university may be the first major life decision for many teenagers. Among the many potential factors, university rankings may be one of the most important for students to look at.
The latest edition of the QS World University Rankings was released on June 10, confirming significant progress for China’s higher education.
Fifty-one universities from the Chinese mainland have been included in the global top 1,000, compared with 42 in its last rankings, according to China Daily.
Tsinghua University, China’s highest-ranked university, rose from 16th place last year to 15th, leaving Yale University behind. It has achieved its best ranking since the list was first published in 2004, China Daily reported.
According to University World News, Tsinghua’s rise is primarily due to improvements in its academic standing and research impact. Peking University slipped one place to 23rd. Fudan University has also reached a new height – rising from 40th to 34th – and Shanghai Jiao Tong University placed 47th, entering the global top 50 for the first time.
据“世界大学新闻”网站报道，清华大学排名上升的原因，主要是因为该校在学术地位及研究影响力上的进步。北京大学排名第23名，较去年略降1位。复旦大学也创下了历史最好成绩 —— 排名从第40名上升到第34名 —— 上海交通大学排名第47名，首次进入全球前50名。
This year’s rankings feature 1,000 universities from 80 countries and regions. The rankings use six indicators, including academic and employer reputation, citations per faculty, student-to-faculty ratio and international student and faculty ratio.
It is not a surprise that Chinese universities have continued to perform well in academic research, according to Ben Sowter, the director of research for QS.
In fact, when the QS rankings were first published in 2004, there were only two universities from the Chinese mainland that entered the global top 100 and just 10 in the top 500.
Many experts point to the substantial investment the Chinese government has injected into its higher education sector, thanks to various initiatives like the 211 Project, the 985 Project and the Double First-Class Initiative, QS stated.
“China has attached great importance to establishing itself as a world leader in higher education, and the … competitiveness and influence of Chinese universities have also seen rapid development in recent years,” said Christina Yan Zhang, QS’s China director.
On June 3, the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings were also released. Tsinghua University and Peking University have secured the top two spots among Asian universities for the first time. This year’s rankings also saw Chinese mainland universities claiming three of the top 10 positions for the first time, with the University of Science and Technology of China listed for 10th.
“China has been ahead of a lot of Asian countries and regions in prioritizing the knowledge economy and prioritizing investment in great universities,” noted THE’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Phil Baty. Meanwhile, “the world will see more Chinese scholars producing research at the highest level in leading journals, which will further improve Chinese universities’ rankings,” he added.