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Where China’s Universities Rank

Asia's best universities

US News & World Report just came out with its rankings of the best universities in the World. US News’ rankings of US colleges and universities are hugely influential in terms of where people apply to college. Many in the US love to criticize the rankings, but I consider them to be substantially accurate.

Mainland China universities took six of the top thirty slots of best universities in Asia and the Middle East (more accurately, Asia and Israel, as no other Middle Eastern country had any top universities). Hong Kong had four schools in the top thirty, including three in the top ten. Taiwan had one school in the list of thirty. Peking University was deemed China’ best school, with Tsinghua second and Fudan third.

The top thirty in Asia and Israel is as follows:

1 University of Tokyo, Japan

2 Kyoto University, Japan

3 University of Hong Kong, HK

4 National University of Singapore (NUS)

5 Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

6 The Chinese University of Hong Kong

7 Osaka University, Japan

8 Peking University, China

8 Seoul National University, South Korea

10 Tsinghua University, China

11 Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

12 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

13 Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

14 Kaist – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology

15 Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

16 Tohoku University, Japan

17 Fudan University, China

18 Tel Aviv University, Israel

19 Nagoya University, Japan

20 National Taiwan University, Taiwan

21 University of Science and Technology of China

22 Nanjing University, China

23 Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

24 City University of Hong Kong, HK

25 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), India

26 Kyushu University, Japan

27 Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

28 Hokkaido University, Japan

28 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India

30 Waseda University, Japan

All of the top 15 schools in the world are in the United States or the United Kingdom. Tokyo University is the only Asian school in the top twenty. Peking University — China’s highest ranked university — is ranked 50th.

A Modern Lei Feng has posted on this as well, in a post entitled, Interesting But Relevant?  What About Clients covers it as well, and it definitely deserves the award for best accompanying picture.

6 responses to “Where China’s Universities Rank”

  1. I’m not sure how much I agree with how “substantially accurate” these are. I’m a little surprised with how low Beida and Qinghua is ranked and how high the HK schools (other than HKU) are ranked. Then again, these are all meaningless and more about selling magazines than anything as its hard enough ranking American schools, but ranking all global universities against each other is to me just a gimmick and pretty useless (that said, I blogged about this too, not sure if I got in before you).

  2. The enormity of universites in China is deceiving, i think. Look at this charter, at least some of the people in charge should be shameful… or will they?

  3. Those rankings are from Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings and have nothing to do with US News.
    I keep a close eye on the Asian universities in the various rankings (2008 is here :
    The THE is actually very friendly towards the Asian universities as it includes reputation and peer rankings which have a growing Asia trend. Other rankings aren’t as nice for Asian higher education.

  4. Interesting article here about the rankings system and some completely made up data that US News admitted to including:
    That so many schools who only stand to benefit mightily from the rankings have taken strong issue with them doesn’t look good.
    Here is another well-developed criticism of the rankings and their origins:
    U.S. News Internal Analysis: Methodology found to “lack any defensible empirical or theoretical basis.”
    In 1997, U.S. News commissioned the National Opinion Research Council to write a critique of its ranking methodology. This internal document is probably the most detailed examination of the U.S. News rankings that has been done.
    NORC’s first major critique was that there is little justification for the precise weighting scheme that U.S. News uses: “The principal weakness of the current approach is that the weights used to combine various measures into an overall rating lack any defensible empirical or theoretical basis.”
    The report’s second critique was that U.S. News had not done exemplary statistical work and had not determined, for example, how individual variables are correlated. “Apart from the weights, however, we were disturbed by how little was known about the statistical properties of the measures or how knowledge of these properties might be used in creating the measures.”
    The report also made specific criticisms of the way that U.S. News interpreted graduation rates, yield, and alumni giving and suggested that the rankings should be tabulated as three-year averages: “to smooth out short-term fluctuations, random errors in reporting, or other factors that might cause unbelievably large movements in rankings for particular institutions.”
    The report also recommended that U.S. News focus more on education: “There are two areas where some sort of measure should be added. These areas are student experience and curriculum.”
    What happened to the report? Robert Morse wouldn1t tell me. “We’ve moved buildings. It may just be that no one kept it.”
    With the wealth of data that universities gather, and the dedicated army of numbers-men out there, I would guess that they might be able to do better per rankings.

  5. This is some great info. I’ve always been interested in schools in Asia because of their reputation. Do any of them offer lecture capture or other distance learning software so that one might attend classes without actually being in Asia? That would be great if they did.

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