Monday, April 09, 2007

Chinese Universities Ranked Low in Research Competitiveness

Beijing University, one of best universities in China, was ranked No. 192 in the world in a study

Top Chinese universities did not make the first 100 on a list of research competitiveness of universities around the world.

The highest ranked Chinese university on the list is Beijing University, at 192nd, followed by Tsinghua University, at 196th.

Not surprisingly, Harvard University is the number one on the list, compiled by researchers at the Research Center for Chinese Science Evaluation of Wuhan University. Nine of the top ten universities are in the United States, including University of Texas, University of Washington, Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University.

Nevertheless, the overall research competence of mainland China institutions moved up to No.16 in the world from last year’s position of No.22, according to the study.

The ranking is based on Essential Science Indicators (ESI), which provides data of journal article publication counts and citation frequencies in over 11000 journals around the world in 22 research fields.

Researchers hope to use the study to “assess the position of Chinese universities in the world,” and to provide some reference for “building some key universities into internationally influential institutions,” says a statement of the research center.

Based on the results, the center concludes that Chinese universities still leg far behind the leading ones in the world, especially in terms of high-level research institutions, achievements and international impact. In other words, there is a long way to go to reach the government's goal of turning some Chinese universities into the world's first-class institutions.

The public is not surprised or disappointed by the ranking. Instead, many of them saw it as “normal,” and voiced disapproval of the higher education system in China in their online comments.

Some criticized universities for only caring about luring money from students, while others pointed out that university administrations paid more attention to politics than to academic development. Quite a few posters mocked Chinese universities as superior in the world when it came to collecting money from students and building grand-looking front gates.

The list


Online comments


Anonymous said...

I think Chinese universities like Beijing and Shanghai are first class establishments but there is one thing that bugs me is that their fees are awfully high comparable to those in some developed nations. A university should not really be operated merely on a profit making basis, this will mean that cost cutting measures may also mean cutting corners which leads to a fall in standards. However, with endowments that US universities receive and their alliances with industries, great strides can be made in commercial prototypes of products and services that would make the university a hub for business rather than a business itself.

hari deepak said...

actually tokyo university is at number many japanese universities in top 100...i still find it difficult to believe why people give japanese universities second preference compared to even lower ranked european universities(i mean not the harvards and oxfords but much lower ranked universities)......and why is tsinghua 196???....Also to be noted indian and chinese universities are pretty much comparable....anyway great article

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