Top Ten Chinese Universities by Wu Shulian

Published by Chinese researcher Wu Shulian and his team of the China University Assessment

The China University Rankings 2014 have been recently published by Chinese researcher Wu Shulian and his team of the China University Assessment.

Peking University this time surpassed Zhejiang University to top the charts in terms of overall strength, with a total score of 204.98. This was the first time for the university to regain its No. 1 spot after ranking first in 1993, when the first edition of its kind was published.

Zhejiang University ranked second, with a total score of 200.54, followed by Tsinghua University. Its drop in ranking was mainly because its number of teachers was less than those of the Peking University and Tsinghua University.

Shandong University edged into the top 10 for the first time, taking up the 10th spot. The Southwestern University of Finance and Economics climbed into the top 100 list this year, ranking 98th.

Here follow the top 10 Chinese universities in overall strength.


1. Peking University 北京大学

Total score: 204.98
Personnel education: 90.17
Postgraduate student education: 60.23
Undergraduate student education: 29.94
Scientific research: 114.81
Natural science research: 75.34
Social science research: 39.47
Type of university: Comprehensive

Founded in 1898, Peking University is one of the most prestigious Chinese universities in the world. Many billionaires and celebrities have studied here. With its long history, outstanding academic resources and a beautiful campus, it attracts thousands of excellent domestic and international students every year.

It is one of the most comprehensive universities in China. Its excellent teaching quality has cultivated a large amount of talent in China, including Premier Li Keqiang and Robin Li, the co-founder of online search engine Baidu.

2. Zhejiang University 浙江大学

Total score: 200.54
Personnel education: 84.18
Postgraduate student education: 59.01
Undergraduate student education: 25.17
Scientific research: 116.36
Natural science research: 99.98
Social science research: 16.38
Type of university: Comprehensive

Located in Hangzhou, the "paradise under heaven," Zhejiang is one of the key universities in China with more than 100 years of history. Covering an area of 4.5 square kilometers, it is known as one of the largest universities in China. The university is famous for its overall strength. With seven faculties and 37 colleges (schools), Zhejiang University has 14 primary and 21 secondary academic disciplines.

3. Tsinghua University 清华大学

Total score: 197.07
Personnel education: 86.58
Postgraduate student education: 56.81
Undergraduate student education: 29.77
Scientific research: 110.49
Natural science research: 91.90
Social science research: 18.59
Type of university: Science and engineering

Founded in 1911, Tsinghua University is considered by many to be the best university in China. Covering 356 hectares, it is also one of the largest universities in China. Many celebrities have graduated from or worked at Tsinghua, including Nobel laureates Tsung-Dao Lee and Yang Zhenning, former Chinese president Hu Jintao and author Wen Yiduo.

As one of the nine universities in the C9 League, Tsinghua University boasts one of the most comprehensive schools, as well as great capacity for fostering talent and scientific research. It contains 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, medicine and economics.

4. Shanghai Jiao Tong University 上海交通大学

Total score: 149.19
Personnel education: 64.62
Postgraduate student education: 43.45
Undergraduate student education: 21.17
Scientific research: 84.57
Natural science research: 75.75
Social science research: 8.83
Type of university: Comprehensive

Founded in 1896, Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of the nine universities in the C9 League and Yangtze Delta Universities Alliance in China. The university gained a reputation for nurturing top engineers during the 1930s.

The university boasts comprehensive schools and departments, as well as a large number of famous scientists and professors. It now has 31 schools and departments and 11 state key laboratories. 35 academics of the Academy of Sciences and Academy of Engineering work here. With its beautiful campus and excellent teaching and researching capacities, it attracts top talent from across China and the world.

5. Fudan University 复旦大学

Total score: 131.84
Personnel education: 56.68
Postgraduate student education: 38.69
Undergraduate student education: 17.99
Scientific research: 75.16
Natural science research: 53.10
Social science research: 22.06
Type of university: Comprehensive

Founded in 1905, Fudan University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in all of China. It is a member of the C9 League, together with eight other universities of China. The university consists of four campuses: Handan, Fenglin, Zhangjiang and Jiangwan. Featuring superb teaching and researching faculties, it features 28 schools and departments, with 70 undergraduate disciplines and five national key laboratories.

6. Nanjing University 南京大学

Total score: 118.80
Personnel education: 53.25
Postgraduate student education: 34.06
Undergraduate student education: 19.19
Scientific research: 65.55
Natural science research: 42.77
Social science research: 22.77
Type of university: Comprehensive

Located in Nanjing, one of China's four ancient capitals, Nanjing University is a key comprehensive university in China, featuring advanced teaching, research facilities and amazing campuses. Founded in 1902, it features three beautiful campuses, Gulou, Pukou and Xianlin, and is comprised of 21 schools with 59 departments.

It is also known for vigorous exchanges with other countries. It has established academic links with more than 200 universities and research institutes across some 70 countries and hosted over 120 international conferences.

7. Wuhan University 武汉大学

Total score: 112.12
Personnel education: 52.97
Postgraduate student education: 31.55
Undergraduate student education: 21.41
Scientific research: 59.16
Natural science research: 37.17
Social science research: 21.98
Type of university: Comprehensive


Wuhan University (WHU) is located in Wuchang District of Wuhan, capital city of Hubei Province. It is widely recognized as one of the oldest and most prestigious top 10 universities in China. Its history dates back to 1893, when it was founded as the Ziqiang Institute by Zhang Zhidong, governor of Hubei and Hunan provinces in the late Qing Dynasty (1645-1911). In 2000, a new WHU was created through the merger of former Wuhan University, Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electrical Engineering, Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping and Hubei Medical University.

It's a national key university of liberal arts and sciences, with an excellent reputation in academics. Dubbed "one of the most beautiful universities in the world," it's also famous for its nearly 30 elegant historical buildings amid picturesque campus, especially its cherry blossoms in springtime.

8. Sichuan University 四川大学

Total score: 107.63
Personnel education: 50.38
Postgraduate student education: 31.11
Undergraduate student education: 19.27
Scientific research: 57.25
Natural science research: 46.03
Social science research: 11.22
Type of university: Comprehensive

Sichuan University (SCU) is a multi-disciplinary national key university located in downtown Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province. It's known as the oldest and largest university in all of western China.

The university was created through the merger of three famous national universities: the former Sichuan University, the former Chengdu University of Science and Technology and the former West China University of Medical Sciences. The history of the former SCU can be traced back to Sichuan Zhongxi Xuetang, founded in 1896.

SCU has undertaken a substantial number of national and ministerial-level research projects and has made great achievements in the respective fields. SCU ranks No.1 among its peers for its strengths in the liberal arts, science, engineering and medicine.

9. Sun Yat-sen University 中山大学

Total score: 100.98
Personnel education: 45.82
Postgraduate student education: 28.82
Undergraduate student education: 17.01
Scientific research: 55.16
Natural science research: 41.06
Social science research: 14.10
Type of university: Comprehensive


Sun Yat-sen University, also known as Zhongshan University, was founded in 1924, as the National Kwangtung University by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, known as the father of modern China. The university is located in Guangzhou, capital city of Guangdong Province.

With an emphasis on interdisciplinary education, the university offers programs in various areas, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technical sciences, medical sciences, pharmacology and management science. The beautiful campus features a large number of advanced, fully-equipped labs and research bases.

10. Shandong University(山东大学)

Total score: 100.64
Personnel education: 47.52
Postgraduate student education: 27.83
Undergraduate student education: 19.68
Scientific research: 53.13
Natural science research: 41.16
Social science research: 11.97
Type of university: Comprehensive

Situated in Jinan, capital city of Shandong Province, Shangdong University (SDU) is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China. Originally known as the Imperial Shandong University, SDU was founded in 1901, becoming the second university of the modern era. It has undergone a series of mergers, splits and restructurings, involving more than 10 institutions since then, and finally developing itself into a renowned university offering undergraduate, master and doctoral programs in some 13 disciplinary areas such as philosophy, economics, law, education, arts, science, engineering and medicine.

The university boasts a full array of scientific research facilities, a leading teaching faculty and serene campus environment. Best noted for its academic programs in the liberal arts and history, it has nurtured many writers and scholars who are famous both at home and abroad.

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