Last week’s Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings has made changes to the rankings of many universities, with more Chinese universities entering the top hundred. For the first time, Zhejiang University and University of Science & Technology of China have entered the list.
According to The New York Times, in 1998, just 3.4 million students attended university in China. Today, they estimate that there are over 26.2 million students enrolled in Chinese universities.
Read on to see the top universities in China:
- Tsinghua University, Beijing
Tsinghua University has retained its position as the top performing Chinese university in the University Rankings. Tsinghua University was founded in 1911 and now has 36,300 students enrolled in 20 schools.
In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016, Tsinghua appeared among the world’s best for 33 out of a possible 42 subjects. It has been ranked as the best engineering school in the world, ranking 1st among 250 universities in the Best Global Universities for Engineering list, which consists of top universities from around the world, overtaking MIT, according to Wikipedia.
2. Peking University, Beijing
Peking University retains its position at second place among the top universities in China. Peking University was originally founded in 1898 as the Imperial University of Peking, and has since gained a reputation as one of the most prestigious research universities in China. It has maintained a partnership with Germany’s Freie Universität Berlin since 1981 and welcomes a high number of international students every year. Peking University’s campus, known as “Yan Yuan” (the garden of Yan) is celebrated for its beauty and traditional Chinese architecture.
Peking University excels in many domains as well, including modern languages, chemistry, dentistry, mineral and mining engineering, law, computer science, mechanical engineering, art and design, and mathematics.
3. Fudan University, Shanghai
Retaining its position at 3rd, Fudan University a member of the C9 League and Universitas 21, and is located in China’s largest city. Fudan University was founded in 1905 as Fudan Public School and now has around 31,000 students enrolled in 17 schools. The university boasts 77 research institutes and 10 teaching hospitals, and is also associated with the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (an independent subsidiary).
Fudan University is famous for arts, language and social sciences, featuring within the top 50 in the world for politics, chemistry, modern languages and materials sciences.
4. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
It was founded in 1896 and now teaches around 37,500 students, of which 1,700 come from outside China. Shanghai Jiao Tong University offers 63 undergraduate programs, 250 master’s programs and 28 postdoctoral programs.
It tops subjects including computer science, chemical engineering, civil and structural engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, materials sciences, art and design and business and management.
5. Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
Also known as Zheda, is another member of the C9 League and the Yangtze Delta Alliance. It was founded in 1897 and now has one of the largest academic libraries amongst Chinese universities, as well as a total enrolment of 47,339 students, over 5,800 of which come from outside China.
Zhejiang University is ranked among the world’s best for 24 subjects, placing in the world’s top 50 for chemical engineering.
6. University of Science & Technology of China, Hefei
USTC is led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and was founded in 1958 to meet the science and technology needs of the country and increase its global competitiveness. Its campuses span 360 acres, and the university was the first in China to establish a graduate school.
The University of Science and Technology of China is featured among the world’s best for 12 subjects in 2016, most of which are (unsurprisingly) science subjects. It achieves its highest positions for chemistry and materials sciences.