Rise and Fall of Chinese University Rankings

The Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) recently released a list of the top 100 universities around the world, in which Chinese universities have seen significant declines in ranking. Peking University fell from 54 to 92, Tsinghua University fell from 65 to 98, and Shanghai Jiaotong University just managed to remain in the top 150, at 136. Other top universities such as Zhejiang University and Fudan University only listed between 150 and 200. In the US, Tsinghua and Peking Universities also saw small declines in their positions from 50 to 60 in 2017, and from 60 to 70 this year, respectively.


Under other rankings, Peking University and Tsinghua University came within the top 50 (27 and 30, respectively), and both entered the top 30 in the QS category, however in previous years they were within the top 40. A total of 6 Chinese universities entered the top 100 worldwide in the QS category, including Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong Univeristy, Zhejiang Univeristy and the Unviersity of Science & Technology in China.


The Shanghai Ranking (previously the Shanghai Jiaotong Ranking), also referred to as the ARWU (Academic Ranking of Worldwide Universities), listed Tsinghua Univeristy and Peking University between 40 and 70.


The CWUR claims to be the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students, as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

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