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. CEC provides the Chinese university ranking for international students who want to learn more about university in China. University in China has accepted and trained international students for years. On March 2017, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China announced a total of 442,773 international students were studying in China in 2016.

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 Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017, taking 6 of the top 10 places, with Peking University coming top and Tsinghua University second. BRICS is the acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. It is the fourth year running that Peking University and Tsinghua University have taken the two top spots. Fudan University climbed 11 places to reach sixth place this year. China has 52 universities out of 300, or more than one in six places, in the ranking overall, the highest density of leading universities in the developing world. Forty-four of these make the top 200, five more than last year.

2017 China University Ranking
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(Source: Chinese University Alumni Association (2017))

To find the right university in China, you need to consider what your goal of study is. 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. For admission to top universities or graduate schools in China, such as Peking University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University, admission to degree programs 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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Spring 2017 - University News

The Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) is now able to offer Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering courses that have received full accreditation from professional international organizations. This achievement brings the total of accredited undergraduate engineering programs to nine, further validating the high quality of education offered at UNNC.

Project 211 and 985

University in China can be categorized into 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. In 2013, there are 112 universities in the project 211 and 39 universities in the project 985.

Among universities in project 985, nine universities form 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.