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QS World University Rankings shows significant improvement in China’s education and global reputation

(People's Daily Online)    13:23, June 25, 2019

There has been a significant improvement in education quality and global reputation throughout Chinese universities, as Chinese research output now rivals that of the US, while Tsinghua and Peking reach record highs in the latest QS World University Ranking.

Two leading universities on the Chinese mainland have reached their highest-ever position in the QS World University Rankings, and Chinese research output now rivals that of the United States. The sixteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings, released recently, sees Tsinghua University rank 16th globally after sustained improvements in research output. Peking University has also risen from 30th to 22nd.

The ranking, produced by global higher education consultancy firm Quacquarelli Symonds, ranks the world’s top 1,000 universities. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was named first in the world for a record eighth consecutive year. Asia’s top universities are the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University (both 11th).

This year’s rankings illuminate sustained improvement throughout the Chinese system. Furthermore, Chinese research impact continues to improve. Of China’s 42 ranked universities, 32 have improved their performance as per the QS Citations per Faculty indicator.

• China’s top ten universities produced 428,191 research papers in the five years used by QS to assess research impact; the top ten US universities produced 443,996. This means that the output gap is now only 15,805 papers; last year the output gap was 37,233;

• Fudan University is now ranked 40th, having risen from 44th. It has risen 31 places since 2015;

• Zhejiang University is close to entering the global top 50. It is now 54th, having leaped 14 spots since last year.

Dr. Christina Yan Zhang, China Director of QS, said, "In the year celebrating the 70th anniversary of PRC, China has made major breakthroughs in its education modernization strategy, with significantly improved education quality and global influence. In the future, China might also consider proactively integrating Artificial Intelligence in key areas of education development; in academic fields, such as to promote cross-disciplinary collaborations in teaching and research; as well as the digitalization strategy of its management, to better engage global alumni and industry partners for life-long learning and training.” (Tianxing Bai)

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