China’s higher educational landscape has made progressive strides in recent years. It is fast becoming a study destination of choice, particularly in Asia. The country already ushered in some 80,000 students from Southeast Asia in 2016.
Thinking of studying abroad in China? Look no further – here is a list of some of the best universities in China that you should know about.
Tsinghua University (清华大学)
Located in the north-western suburbs of Beijing, Tsinghua University made headlines this year as it overtook the National University of Singapore to win the title of “top university in Asia” in the 2018-2019 Times Higher Education World Rankings.
Tsinghua University is a comprehensive research university, with 20 schools that cover disciplines such as economics, education, engineering, art, history, management, medicine, and law.
The university offers an interesting and diverse student life, with over 110 student associations covering science and technology, physical training, humanities, arts and public welfare.
Ranked 22nd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, Tsinghua has produced many successful politicians and leaders, such as former General Secretary, President Hu Jintao, the current General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping. Other notable graduates include two Nobel Prize winners, Tsung-Dao Lee and Yang Chen Ning.
Peking University (北京大学)
Peking University is one of the top-ranking higher education institutions in China. Located at Haidian District in the western suburb of Beijing, it is close to the iconic Summer Palace.
It is currently ranked 31st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019.
As the first modern national university in China, Peking University possesses an outstanding faculty. This includes 53 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 7 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and 14 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences.
The university strives for excellence in education and research. It has also established joint degree programmes with Cornell University, Yale University, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Paris School of International Affairs, among others.
University of Science and Technology of China (中国科学技术大学)
The university prides itself on standing at the forefront of technology, and it is an important innovation centre in China. It is also the only university in China operating two national laboratories: the National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale.
USTC has also established leadership in fields such as quantum manipulation, nanotechnology, high-temperature superconductivity, and life sciences.
Ranked 93rd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, the university has 15 schools, spanning physical sciences, life sciences, software engineering, and earth and space sciences.
Zhejiang University (浙江大学)
Located in the picturesque city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang University is one of China’s most prestigious higher education institutions, and also one of its oldest.
Ranking among the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, the university is home to 3,500 full-time academic members of staff and about 45,000 undergraduates.
Zhejiang University prides itself on its strong culture of innovation and creativity. To this end, it has invested in building up high-level research teams across various disciplines. Research at the university covers agriculture, art, economics, education, engineering, history, law, literature, management, medicine, natural sciences, and philosophy.
There are a number of research centres located on campus including six national engineering research centres and three national key research centres of humanities and social sciences.
The university has carved strategic partnerships with more than 140 universities in 30 countries worldwide, including Imperial College London, Princeton University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It also inked a partnership with Singapore University of Technology and Design in 2010 to collaborate in the areas of education, student exchange, and research.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (上海交通大学)
Founded in 1896, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) is one of the most prestigious universities in China. The institution has established a global reputation in science and engineering, and has been called “the MIT of the East”.
Ranking among the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, SJTU offers over 60 undergraduate degree programmes across five different campuses. These programmes cover nine major disciplines: Economics, law, literature, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management and arts.
The university’s faculty includes around 2,800 full-time academics, of whom 890 are professors. It also has 11 state laboratories and national engineering research centres.
SJTU counts former Chinese premier Jiang Zemin and former Minister of Health Chen Zhu among its most notable alumni.
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