The top 10 of the QS Asia University Rankings 2020 published last week is dominated by universities in China, Singapore and Hong Kong.
This marks the first year that four of the top 10 are universities located in China.
The QS Asia University Rankings 2020, which are put together by London based QS Quacquarelli Symonds, feature 550 universities, including 68 new entries. The rankings are based on 10 different indicators, including academic and employer reputation.
Singapore’s investment into higher education and its focused internationalisation have been key to the Republic having such dominance in rankings. While other systems across the continent strive to emulate its education system, Singapore is consistently coming out top.
While the top three universities for Hong Kong have each dropped one place, the next four have risen and a new entry has emerged. Despite protracted civil unrest in the region, overall performance is unaffected.
China’s improved performance in the ranking is down to its research
The category that is leading China’s universities to rise is research.
In the top 50 in citations per paper, 25 are Chinese institutions. This category is a measure of the influence of a university’s research papers.
Christina Yan Zhang, QS’ China director, said: “China has attached great importance to establishing itself as a world leader in higher education, and the overall global competitiveness and influence of Chinese universities have also seen rapid development in recent years.”
In 2017, a list of 42 universities was published that Beijing wanted to achieve world-class status as part of a bid to make China an international higher education power.
Wu Yan, director of the Chinese Ministry of Education’s Department of Higher Education, said that the ministry is going to push more high-quality majors and course over the next three years, with specific focus on engineering, medical, agricultural and liberal arts subjects.
Pic: Li Yang
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