On September 2, 2020, Times Higher Education released the 2021 World University Rankings.
According to the ranking, six schools in mainland China entered the top 100 this year, which is the highest number since the ranking was established. Among them, Tsinghua University and Duke University tied for 20th in the world, Peking University ranked 23rd, Fudan University ranked 70th in the world, Zhejiang University ranked 94th, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranked 100th.
Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer of Times Higher Education, commented that the institution has seen Asian universities’ rise in the world university rankings for many years, but this year is an important milestone because mainland China has challenged Western universities’ traditional dominant position at the top of the ranking. For the first time, a university in mainland China entered the top 20 and doubled the number of universities in the top 100.
1. Tsinghua University
Tsinghua University is located between the North Fourth Ring Road and the North Fifth Ring Road in Haidian District, Beijing. It is adjacent to Metro Line 13 in the east and Peking University and Old Summer Palace in the west. It is one of the most beautiful universities in China. Buildings in different periods on the campus naturally form a variety of architectural communities, creating a suitable working, learning, and living environment for teachers and students.
2. Beijing University
In recent years, Peking University has entered a new historical development stage. It has made remarkable achievements in discipline construction, talent training, teacher team construction, teaching and research, etc., laying a solid foundation for building Peking University into a world-class university. Today, Peking University has become the country's cradle for cultivating high-quality and creative talents, the forefront of scientific research, an important base for knowledge innovation, and an important bridge and window for international exchanges.
3. Fudan University
Shanghai Fudan university is the first higher education institution independently founded by the Chinese. Currently, the university has 11 disciplines including philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, medicine, management, and art. It is a world-renowned, top comprehensive research university in China.
4. Zhejiang University
Zhejiang University China is an institution of higher learning with a long history and an outstanding reputation. It is located in Hangzhou, a famous historical and cultural city and scenic tourist destination in China. Zhejiang University is a comprehensive, research, and innovative university with distinctive characteristics and great influence at home and abroad. Its disciplines cover philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, art, science, engineering, Agriculture, medicine, management, etc. Zhejiang University focuses on intensive academic research and technological innovation, and has built a number of open and international high-end academic platforms, bringing together scholars and masters of various disciplines and high-level research teams.
5. Shanghai Jiao tong University
Shanghai Jiao tong University is one of the most famous institutions of higher learning with the longest history in China and well-known at home and abroad. After more than 120 years of unremitting efforts, Shanghai Jiao Tong University has become a “comprehensive, research-oriented, and international” domestic first-class and internationally renowned university. Shanghai Jiao Tong University's profound cultural heritage, long tradition of running schools, and strenuous development history, especially the great achievements since the reform and opening up, have attracted attention at home and abroad.
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