Oct 05, 2017 03:49 PM

Smart Chart: Where Do Chinese Universities Stand in Global Rankings?

Beijing recently released an ambitious plan to transform dozens of Chinese universities into world-class higher education centers by 2050.

Under the “Double First-class Program,” unveiled on Sept. 20, 42 Chinese universities such as Tsinghua University and Peking University have been tasked with improving their research and academic standards to be on par with top-ranked global institutions.

Another 96 universities have been ordered to focus on excelling in certain fields to match top-tier global institutions.

However, the Ministry of Education didn’t set specific goals or offer details on how the universities’ progress will be evaluated. They also stopped short of making comparisons between Chinese universities and famous global institutions.

This is how Chinese universities fared in four major global university rankings:


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