China’s 111 Project: Building World Class R&D Universities

China is not satisfied with the general methodology of international ranking systems, which tends to have a heavy focus on the overall quality of the whole university. As part of its ambition to develop a number of world quality R&D universities, the MoE has launched the 111 Project. This will aid in the development of such universities by providing support and resources on the basis of R&D discipline quality. The MoE and the Foreign Experts Bureau have jointly announced the first 50 Chinese universities to be included on the 111 list. The university evaluation process involved the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), the National Civil Commission, and the Overseas Chinese Office under the National People’s Congress. The list includes disciplines from top universities across the country such as Peking University’s software department and Fudan University’s Continuous Diseases Prevention and Treatment department, as well as a number of lesser-known universities and their top R&D disciplines.


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