How long does it take China’s universities to be world-class?

14:45, May 27, 2010      

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A list of the top 200 universities in Asia of 2010 recently released by U.K. education researchers Quacquarelli Symonds downgrades China's finest universities to second-tier universities, which triggered heated discussion…

Top 10 Asian universities list without Tsinghua and Peking Univ. >>

[Citizens’ opinion]

59 percent of Chinese believe China has no world-class universities

A recent survey conducted by the Social Investigation Center of China Youth Daily through Public Opinion in China and Tencent Education shows that almost 59 percent of respondents believe there are no world-class universities in China.[More>>]

[Academics’ opinion]

China lacks global top-ranking universities, says academic

China has no global top-ranking universities, said Xu Zhihong, a member of Chinese Academy of Science and ex-president of Peking University, at a lecture in the Huazhong University of Science and Technology on April 12.[More>>]

Say 'no' to Chinese universities

Chinese colleges, despite their branding and groomed campuses, are completely empty in substance. [More>>]

[Foreign expert’s opinion]

China needs more than money to make top universities

Peking University was edged out of the top 10 by Japanese universities and now sits in 12th place while Tsinghua moved from 15th to 16th place. In light of this situation, China needs to take a hard look at what separates its universities from those found in the rest of the world and realize that simply throwing money at the problem is not a solution.[More>>]

[3 characteristics of global top-ranking universities]

First, they have world-famous professors conducting high-level research.

Second, they possess a collection of achievements that could affect human civilization and the development of society and the economy.

Third, a large number of outstanding people who have made great contributions to human civilization have graduated from these universities.

[The gap between China's universities and global top-ranking universities]

I. The teacher-to-student ratio

II. Academic ability: On the quantity of published papers quoted, Peking University ranked 74th in 2010 (ranked 82th in 2009) and Tsinghua University was not even enter in the top-100.

III. The degree of internationalization: On the internationalization level of teachers, Peking University and Tsinghua University ranked 93rd and 29th, respectively. On the internationalization level of students, the two universities rank 55th and 41st, respectively.

[Problems exist in China’s universities]

For Students: Ghostwriting hits frightening levels at universities [Full coverage]

For Teachers: College teachers involved in new academic fraud scandal[Full coverage]

For Presidents: What are problems with China's university presidents? [Full coverage]

[True education reform still elusive]

All over the globe, national education systems address contradictory agenda. They must ensure fairness, help the weakest students, provide an environment in which the best students can excel, and encourage all students to learn to the best of their ability. In China, the contradictions faced by education policymakers are exacerbated by the intense competition for a seat in universities.[Full coverage]

Top 20 Chinese unis ranking for 2010 released >>

Conclusion: China's universities still have a long way to run.

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