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University in China


University in China can be divided into general university, technical university, specialized university such as medical, foreign language and teacher-training university. University in China has accepted and educated international students for years. CEC provides the Chinese university ranking for international students who want to know more about university in China. On April 2019, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China announced a total of 492,185 international students were studying in China in 2018.

The university ranking is published by Chinese University Alumni Association, which is a domestic university ranking in China, conducted independently of the government. Its ranking methodology includes the following criteria: 1) Government recognition; 2) Research; 3) Faculty; 4) Program; 5) Student; 6) Reputation.

Nowadays, foreign students are studying in universities in China not only for Chinese language, but also for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programs. Learning Chinese language is an inevitable step when you apply to any national universities in China. Different academic departments have their own Chinese language requirements. Departments such as engineering and computer sciences have a lower Chinese language requirement compare to management and law.

Chinese universities dominate the QS BRICS Rankings 2019, taking 7 of the top 10 places, with Tsinghua University coming top and Peking University second. BRICS is the acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

2019 China University Ranking

Rank Name of University
1 Peking University
2 Tsinghua University
3 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
4 Fudan University
5 Renmin University of China
5 Zhejiang University
7 Shanghai Jiao Tong University
8 Nanjing University
9 Wuhan University
10 Sun Yat-sen University
11 Jilin University
12 Huazhong University of Science and Technology
13 Tianjin University
14 Sichuan University
15 University of Science and Technology of China
16 Nankai University
17 Beijing Normal University
18 Xian Jiao Tong University
19 Harbin Institute of Technology
20 Central South University
20 Shandong University
22 Xiamen University
23 Tongji University
24 Southeast University
25 Beihang University
26 Northeastern University
27 Northwestern Polytechnical University
28 East China Normal University
29 Beijing Institute of Technology
30 South China University of Technology

(Source: Chinese University Alumni Association (2019))

Admission to Top University in China

In order to choose the right university in China, you need to set your goal of study. For Chinese language and culture learning, you should apply to a university with good Chinese language program with cultural courses. For undergraduate and graduate degree program, you have to consider the academic standard and employment opportunities. When applying to top universities in China, such as Peking University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University, admission to Chinese taught degree program is limited and extremely competitive. You must be well-informed, well-prepared, and very determined to work very hard to gain admission.

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Project 211 and 985

Project 211 is the Chinese government’s new endeavor aimed at strengthening about 100 universities and key disciplinary areas as a national priority for the 21st century. Project 985 is a constructive project for founding world-class universities in the 21st century conducted by the government of the People’s Republic of China. There are 112 universities in the project 211 and 39 universities in the project 985.

Among project 985 universities, nine universities made up the C9 League which is considered as China’s equivalent of Ivy League. The C9 League includes Fudan University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Nanjing University, Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tsinghua University, University of Science and Technology of China, Xian Jiao Tong University and Zhejiang University. These nine universities agreed on mutual credit recognition, student exchanges, training of teaching staff and sharing their resources in many other areas.

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