The 5 best universities in China
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It’s well-known that China hosts the world’s biggest pool of outbound international students, with the Chinese Ministry of Education recording 608,400 learners leaving to study overseas on 2017 – a record number for the country.

Lesser-known is China’s ever growing status a powerful global study destination.

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Decades of economic progress and development has seen the nation evolve into an international education hub, with particular credit owed to its technical, professional and hospitality offerings.

While The New York Times reports that, 20 years ago, only 3.4 million students were studying in China, it’s now estimated that a whopping 26 million people are enrolled with higher education providers across the nation, 490,000 of whom derive from overseas.

With its ascent of international league tables, its friendly people and its fascinating cultural heritage, China’s growing rep as a high-calibre education hotspot is unlikely to falter anytime soon. If you’re keen to make the most of China’s rise to the top, here are five of the nation’s leading universities based on the most recent world rankings by QS.

1. Tsinghua University

Ranked 17th in the world and 1st in the brand new BRICS rankings by QS, Tsinghua University boasts an elite reputation that resonates worldwide.

Described as the Chinese university for global leadership, with Forbes also championing its campus as one of the most beautiful in the world, this institution provides the ultimate study setting and enables its students to thrive.

Located in the northwest Beijing on the site of the former imperial gardens of the Qing Dynasty, Tsinghua is an institution dedicated to the well-being of Chinese society and global development. Progressing at rapid pace, the university has grown encompass 20 schools and 58 departments, with world-class faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art.

2. Peking University

Peking University (PKU) landed an impressive 30th position in the QS global league table, also placing 2nd in the whole of Mainland China and the BRICS rankings.

This comprehensive institution is a known pioneer of contemporary education. A highly experienced faculty stand among its greatest assets, driven by 53 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), seven members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and 14 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), to name just a few.

“Our institution has always been at the forefront of China’s modernization, from offering innovative academic instruction to bolstering new overseas relationships,” says Lin Jianhua, President of PKU. “…we at Peking University hope to…cultivate capable and inventive young minds, and ultimately better Chinese society both internally and on the global front.”

3. Fudan University


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Ranked 44th in the world and 3rd in the BRICS rankings, Fudan University has been educating and empowering students since 1905.

For more than a century, this world-renowned school has made an outstanding contribution to the global economy by refining top talent, innovating the fields of science and technology, and serving the needs of society. Widely-respected for its campus culture of freedom, variety and progression, Fudan student life embodies many exciting dimensions.

Fudan hosts an incredible 300 research institutes, including five national key labs, 38 ministerial or provincial key labs and engineering centres, five “Project 985” Science and Technology Innovation Platforms and seven “Project 985” Arts and Social Sciences Innovation Bases.

4. Shanghai Jiao Tong University


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After 121 years of grit, determination and the provision of a prestigious education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) now ranks 59th in the world, 6th in Mainland China and 7th in the newly-launched BRICS rankings.

Today, SJTU offers a diverse portfolio of 64 undergraduate programmes covering nine major disciplines: economics, law, literature, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management and arts. Since the year 2000, there have been no less than 47 national higher education teaching achievement prizes presented to SJTU’s influential faculty.

“Besides its remarkable history, SJTU is also a university famous for its honored traditions,” says SJTU President, Lin Zhongqin “Its tradition of gratitude and responsibilities has already been deeply rooted in the hearts of its alumni, and to some, it has become their behavior philosophy.”

5. Zhejiang University

Zhejiang University (ZJU) is recognised on the global education stage, ranking 68th in the world, 5th in Mainland China and the BRICS league table.

Located in Hangzhou – a stunning Chinese city – ZJU is organized across seven faculties and 36 schools. It serves as home to 3,611 full-time faculty members, including 41 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. ZJU educates a total 53,673 students, over 53 percent of whom learn at postgraduate-level.

The institution is proud of its proactive, entrepreneurial spirit. Here, researchers make an impact across many priority areas that address pressing global issues, including artificial intelligence, assembly technology for large aircraft, clean energy, ocean technology, industrial control technology, and global public health initiatives related to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

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