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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 2018, Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China announced a total of 489,200 international students were studying in China in 2017.

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 2018, 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.

2018 China University Ranking

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

(Source: Chinese University Alumni Association (2018))

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. For admission to top universities or graduate schools 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 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.

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