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Harvard stays in top spot in Chinese list of world's universities

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 August, 2014, 2:30am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 August, 2014, 2:30am

American universities dominated the top 20 in an annual ranking of global educational institutions released by a Chinese organisation yesterday, with Harvard remaining in first place ahead of Stanford.

The top 20 in the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities included only four non-American institutions, all from Europe, including Cambridge in fifth place and Oxford in 10th.

The top 10 were virtually unchanged on last year, with only the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in third, swapping position with fourth-placed University of California, Berkeley, and Princeton in sixth doing the same with California Institute of Technology in seventh.

Columbia University in New York was eighth, and the University of Chicago ninth.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich was 19th, remaining the highest-ranked continental European institution. University College London climbed two places to scrape into the top 20.

The Centre for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University started compiling the annual rankings in 2003, and Harvard has been in first place ever since. The top-ranked Asia-Pacific institutions were Tokyo University in 21st place and Kyoto in 26th, both of them unchanged on last year.

Peking University was the highest-ranked on the mainland at 119, followed by Shanghai Jiao Tong itself at 122.

The survey covers more than 1,200 universities around the world, with the best 500 selected on six indicators, including the number of Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals won by staff and alumni, and the number of articles published in the journals Nature and Science.

The list was designed to benchmark the performance of Chinese universities. European officials have claimed the ranking is biased against universities in Europe as it puts greater emphasis on science than humanities.


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I would amend your comment to "People EVERYWHERE like to send their jewels to places like Harvard." The notion that only CCP "elites" are particularly prone to this syndrome is a delusion. Hong Kong tycoons hardly trail behind.
I agree with you only to limited extent. The CCP is cracking down hard on the so-called "naked officials" and the children of top-middle leadership may seek education overseas but not seek green card or overseas citizenship. Even Bo Xilai's now famed kid Bo Guagua was resolute about coming back to China to serve state interests. We are not likely to get accurate statistics to know official kids immigrate to western countries in higher proportions than ordinary well-to-do families everywhere.
Another thing I want to mention is that Harvard and its peers, being the world's wealthiest universities, are likely far cheaper than lesser schools, to the extent that admission is secured, so that money often is NOT a fundamental issue.
Official income on the mainland, like physician income, is not transparent. If my tumor-specialist of a classmate can send her kid to Urbana-Champaign, I see no reason that a few officials should not be able to do the same thing. But like I said, corruption purge is now all the rage on Mainland.
HK tycoons are no more (and no less) tempted than their middle (or even lower) class counterparts to send their kids to top schools around the world. The desire is universal among all strata of a society.
The University of Hong Kong improved from within the range of 201-300 in 2013, to 151-200 this year.
‘The survey covers more than 1,200 universities around the world, with the best 500 selected on six indicators, including the number of Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals won by staff and alumni, and the number of articles published in the journals Nature and Science’
These rating criteria may not be total. Nevertheless, the use of the university rating by both China and elsewhere only reflects university’s standing of their teaching professors and researchers all mainly at the post doctoral program.
Hardly it is a reflection of the standing of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral program. In fact, the rating is irrelevant when parents and students in picking a university for their doctoral down studies. I will caution especially the Chinese in mainland that without familarity in US academic perspective, the door for good universities are much wider than the common yearly rating of university in China and abroad.
And this is why CCP "elites" like Xi JP will continue to send their little precious to the US and places like Harvard. The super rich in China only buy name brands...
Yes but I say that with the background that the CCP are always playing up the patriotism, loyalty and loving the motherland card. And for CCP officials sending kids there...well...seems a bit expensive on their salaries, no?
As for HK tyGoons, well, we all know they are loyal to nothing but themselves depending on how the wind blows so what they do is totally expected.


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