Rankings downgrade Peking, Tsinghua to second-tier universities

15:15, May 19, 2010      

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U.K.-based career and education company, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), recently published their list of the top 200 universities in Asia of 2010. The list immediately triggered heated discussions from Chinese people who were surprised to find that both Peking University and Tsinghua University, China's finest universities, were not in the top 10.

The University of Hong Kong topped the list, followed by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the National University of Singapore. Japan's 57 universities are all among the top 200. Many Chinese media agencies reported that compared to the universities in other regions of Asia including Hong Kong and Japan, China's Peking University and Tsinghua University have become second-tier universities.

The Western investigators believe the gap between China's Peking University and Tsinghua University and that of other regions such as Hong Kong and Japan mainly lies in the teacher-to-student ratio, academic ability and the degree of internationalization. The teacher-to-student ratio in Peking University and Tsinghua University ranked 22nd and 23rd respectively in 2010.

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.

As we all know, published papers are always those of high-quality original works and therefore, the ranking on the index reflected the two universities' deficiency in terms of academic level.

On the internationalization level of teachers, nine universities from Hong Kong and Singapore ranked in the top 10 while Peking University and Tsinghua University ranked 93rd and 29th, respectively. On the internationalization level of students, the two universities rank 55th and 41st, respectively.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:王寒露)

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