Bet­ter rank­ing in com­puter science et al

China Daily (Canada) - - YOUTH -

LON­DON — Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties have again per­formed well in global rank­ings for com­puter science and en­gi­neer­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Times Higher Ed­u­ca­tion league ta­ble.

El­lie Both­well, Global Rank­ings Edi­tor at THE, says: “China per­forms well in these tech­nol­ogy-fo­cused sub­jects with many uni­ver­si­ties rep­re­sented in these rank­ings.

“China has a hand­ful of uni­ver­si­ties which are in the top 100 uni­ver­si­ties glob­ally, and in the com­puter science list most of the Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties are im­prov­ing.”

In com­puter science, Ts­inghua Univer­sity is rated as the top Chi­nese univer­sity and holds its po­si­tion at No 20. Shang­hai Jiao Tong Univer­sity en­ters the top 50 at 49, with im­prove­ment in its in­dus­try in­come and in­ter­na­tional out­look score.

The Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy of China is up from 71 to joint 57, shar­ing the po­si­tion with Rice Univer­sity in the United States.

Among the uni­ver­si­ties whose rank­ing fell is Pek­ing Univer­sity, which has slipped from 25 to 32 af­ter a drop in its in­dus­try in­come, in­ter­na­tional out­look and re­search scores.

In en­gi­neer­ing, Pek­ing Univer­sity leads Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties, but has slipped from seven to 14, with a de­cline in its in­dus­try in­come score. Ts­inghua Univer­sity is up two places to No 20, with im­prove­ments in its teach­ing and ci­ta­tion-im­pact scores.

Zhe­jiang Univer­sity has risen from 50 to joint 37, shar­ing the po­si­tion with the Univer­sity of Tokyo, and Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity from the US.

Huazhong Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy has en­tered the top 100, at 99, with im­prove­ments across the board, but es­pe­cially in its re­search in­flu­ence, ci­ta­tion im­pact and in­dus­try-in­come scores.

Hong Kong has re­tained five uni­ver­si­ties in the top 70 for en­gi­neer­ing, led again by the Hong Kong Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy.

Both­well says that China has led Asia in a rise in the rank­ings or­ga­nized by THE in re­cent years, not just in com­puter science and en­gi­neer­ing but also in global re­search, pres­tige and abil­ity.

“The rise of Asia, but China specif­i­cally, is a no­tice­able trend across our var­i­ous rank­ings,” Both­well says.

Part of China’s in­vest­ment fo­cus has been in science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics, and Both­well says this has paid off.

“A big part of why China is be­com­ing more prom­i­nent in these ta­bles is be­cause it in­vests a huge amount in higher ed­u­ca­tion and science.”

Other uni­ver­si­ties from around the world are also do­ing well. In com­puter science, seven of the top 10 are from the US, with the top be­ing Bri­tain’s Univer­sity of Ox­ford, fol­lowed by ETH Zurich and the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge in fourth. In en­gi­neer­ing, Ox­ford leads with Stan­ford and Har­vard, with the Na­tional Univer­sity of Sin­ga­pore at eight.

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