The Chinese Law Prof Blog recently did a post on the ranking of China law schools and universities. Unfortunately, nobody seems to know the criteria behind the rankings, put out by a certain Mr. Wu, but here goes anyway:
1. A++ Beijing University
2. A++ People’s University (Beijing)
3. A++ Wuhan University
4. A++ Tsinghua University
5. A+ China University of Political Science and Law (Zhengfa Daxue)
6. A+ Jilin University
7. A+ Fudan University
8. A+ Southwest University of Political Science and Law (Xinan Zhengfa Daxue)(Chongqing)
9. A Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (Zhongnan Caijing Zhengfa Daxue)
10. A Zhejiang University
11. A Xiamen University
12. A Zhongshan University
13. A East China University of Politics and Law
14. A Nanjing University
15. A Nankai University (Tianjin)
16. A Huazhong Normal University
17. A Suzhou University
18. A East China Normal University
19. A Shandong University
I also do not know what is meant by the A++ through A markings within the rankings.
A comment to the post may or may not be instructive (but my sense is that it is):
I’m afraid that Mr. Wu’s ranking is based on mere speculation, household perception, and personal feeling. It lacks scientific methodology. As China’s university education is expanding at an unprecedented speed, there is increasingly growing need for college rankings, which can serve as directions for high school students and their parents. Mr. Wu’s ranking happened to meet the market needs.
However, it is too unprofessional to be called a commercial ranking, much worse than the American News and World Reports Ranking [actually, it is US News and World Report], its counterpart in the U.S. No serious scholar or student in China believes in its credibility. Having said this, I do not deny that the ranking of university/law schools (especially the top 10) represent some facts, but the ranking of other schools should not be given much credit.
What do you think?
I do know that within China, Beijing University Law School (still often referred to as Peking University) does seem to carry a certain cachet beyond any other.