Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties re­flect re­gion’s strength

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By BO LE­UNG in Lon­don bole­ung@mail.chi­nadai­lyuk.com

Uni­ver­si­ties in China and Sin­ga­pore dom­i­nated the top five places of the first Asia-Pa­cific Uni­ver­sity Rank­ing 2017 pub­lished by the Lon­don­based mag­a­zine, Times Higher Ed­u­ca­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to THE, the rank­ings re­flect the re­gion’s grow­ing strength in the higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity took sec­ond place, while Ts­inghua Uni­ver­sity was fourth.

The Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Sin­ga­pore topped the rank­ings.

The only uni­ver­sity to ap­pear in the top five out­side Asia was the Uni­ver­sity of Mel­bourne in third place. Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal Uni- ver­sity in Sin­ga­pore rounded up the top five.

Two higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions from Hong Kong also feature in the top 10. This in­cludes Uni­ver­sity of Hong Kong in sixth place fol­lowed by the Hong Kong Uni­ver­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy in sev­enth.

The rank­ing fea­tured more than 200 uni­ver­si­ties from 13 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

Si­mon Mar­gin­son, di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre for Global Higher Ed­u­ca­tion at the Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Lon­don In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion, told THE: “The Asia-Pa­cific re­gion is the most dy­namic in the higher ed­u­ca­tion world. In terms of stu­dents and re­search and de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­ity, it is larger than Europe and the UK, and one day it will be­come as im­por­tant as the US and Canada.”

While Ja­pan is the mostrep­re­sented coun­try on the list with 69 uni­ver­si­ties, China is in sec­ond place with 52 in­sti­tu­tions. Other coun­tries and re­gions with a strong pres­ence in­clude Aus­tralia, Tai­wan, South Korea and Thai­land.

Mar­gin­son said: “In China, higher ed­u­ca­tion en­roll­ments grew as­ton­ish­ingly in the first decade of this cen­tury, and re­search out­puts con­tinue to rise by 15 per­cent a year. China now has the largest num­ber of stu­dents and the largest num­ber of aca­demics of any na­tion in the world.”

He noted that the achieve­ments from the world’s sec­ond-largest econ­omy in the phys­i­cal sciences and engi­neer­ing are clear.

“If the in­di­ca­tor is the num­ber of pub­lished pa­pers in the top 10 per­cent of their re­search field by ci­ta­tion rate, then in math­e­mat­ics and com­plex com­put­ing China has sur­passed the US. China has six of the world’s top 15 uni­ver­si­ties in these fields, while the US has five,” he said.

The uni­ver­si­ties are judged in five ar­eas — teach­ing, re­search, ci­ta­tions, in­ter­na­tional out­look and in­dus­try in­come.

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