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China leads in the BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2016

Investment in research and development pays off, says World University Rankings reporter Ellie Bothwell

Developing nations that want to achieve the same level of higher education success as China have a tough journey ahead of them.

China’s research and development spending has increased by an average of 23 per cent a year over the past decade, according to Nature Index, with the goal of reaching 2.5 per cent of its gross domestic product by 2020, up from 1 per cent in 2000.

The People’s Republic’s 15-year science and technology plan, announced in 2006, includes the aim for China to become one of the world’s top five countries for the number of invention patents and most-cited scientific papers.

And earlier this year the country announced a new scheme, dubbed World Class 2.0, with the aim of establishing six of its universities in the leading group of global institutions by 2020, and for some of those to reach top 15 status by 2030. The initiative will include creating hubs for international collaboration with overseas universities and boosting the research base of China’s top nine universities.

So it is not surprising that China dominates this year’s Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings.

The country claims half the top 10 places, which include Beijing neighbours Peking and Tsinghua universities in first and second place, and has 39 universities in the extended top 200 table, 27 of which sit within the first half.

Although THE’s rankings methodology remains largely unchanged, improvements made to the underlying data used to create the tables mean that it is impossible to make direct year-on-year comparisons of the results. Nonetheless, clear insights can be drawn.

While China still stands head and shoulders above the other large emerging BRICS economies, Brazil, Russia and India are all gaining in strength.

India is the only BRICS nation without an institution in the top 10, but it boasts the highest number of universities in the group apart from China and Taiwan. The Indian Institute of Science leads the country’s 16 institutions in 16th place.

Russia has 15 institutions in the top 200, including seven in the top 50, led by Lomonosov Moscow State University in third place.

It is followed by Brazil, which claims 14 universities, with its number one, the University of São Paulo, sitting in ninth place.

South Africa cannot claim to have the same strength in depth as the other developing nations, with six universities in total, but four of its institutions are in the top 50. The University of Cape Town is fourth, the University of the Witwatersrand sixth and Stellenbosch University 11th.

View the full universities list below.

BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2016


1Peking UniversityChina
2Tsinghua UniversityChina
3Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityRussia
4University of Cape TownSouth Africa
5National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
6University of the WitwatersrandSouth Africa
7University of Science and Technology of ChinaChina
8Zhejiang UniversityChina
9University of São Paulo
10Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina
11Stellenbosch UniversitySouth Africa
12National Chiao Tung UniversityTaiwan
13Koc UniversityTurkey
14Nanjing UniversityChina
15National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech)Taiwan
16Indian Institute of ScienceIndia
17Fudan UniversityChina
18Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic UniversityRussia
19National Tsing Hua UniversityTaiwan
20Tomsk Polytechnic UniversityRussia
21National Cheng Kung UniversityTaiwan
22Sabanci UniversityTurkey
23National Autonomous University of Mexico
=24State University of Campinas
=24Sun Yat-sen UniversityChina
=26Wuhan UniversityChina
=26National Research Nuclear University MEPhIRussian
28University of CyprusCyprus
29Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
30Tianjin University China
=31Kazan Federal UniversityRussia
=31University of TartuEstonia
33University of CreteGreece
34Novosibirsk State University
35China Medical University, Taiwan
36Indian Institute of Technology Madras
=37Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
=37Saint Petersburg State UniversityRussia
39VŠB - Technical University of OstravaCzech Republic
40Harbin Institute of TechnologyChina
41Bilkent UniversityTurkey
42National Taiwan Normal University
43Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
44Charles University in PragueCzech Republic
45Indian Institute of Technology KharagpurIndia
46University of KwaZulu-NatalSouth Africa
47Federico Santa María Technical UniversityChile
48Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
49Huazhong University of Science and TechnologyChina
=50East China University of Science and TechnologyChina
=50Pontifical Catholic University of ChileChile
=52Tongji UniversityChina
=52Xi’an Jiaotong UniversityChina
54Mahidol UniversityThailand
55China Agricultural UniversityChina
56Universiti Teknologi MalaysiaMalaysia
=57Bauman Moscow State Technical UniversityRussia
=57National Sun Yat-Sen UniversityTaiwan
=57National Yang-Ming UniversityTaiwan
60Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher EducationMexico
61Renmin University of ChinaChina
=62Istanbul UniversityTurkey
=62National and Kapodistrian University of AthensGreece
=64Dalian University of TechnologyChina
=64Middle East Technical UniversityTurkey
=64National Central UniversityTaiwan
=64Semmelweis UniversityHungary
=64South China University of TechnologyChina
69Istanbul Technical UniversityTurkey
70Soochow UniversityChina
=71Boğaziçi UniversityTurkey
=71University of WarsawPoland
=73Brno University of TechnologyCzech Republic
=73University of IoanninaGreece
=75University of ChileChile
=75East China Normal UniversityChina
=77China University of Petroleum (Beijing)China
=77University of PretoriaSouth Africa
=77Xiamen UniversityChina
80Jadavpur UniversityIndia
=81Sichuan UniversityChina
=81United Arab Emirates UniversityUnited Arab Emirates
=83 Athens University of Economics and BusinessGreece
=83Beijing Institute of TechnologyChina
=83Indian Institute of Technology GuwahatiIndia
=83Masaryk UniversityCzech Republic
87Tomsk State UniversityRussia
88University of Science and Technology BeijingChina
89Federal University of Rio de JaneiroBrazil
=90King Mongkut’s University of Technology ThonburiThailand
=90Qatar UniversityQatar
92Palacký University in OlomoucCzech Republic
93Moscow Institute of Physics and TechnologyRussia
94Tallinn University of TechnologyEstonia
=95China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)China
=95Indian Institute of Technology KanpurIndia
=97Babeş-Bolyai UniversityRomania
=97National Technical University of AthensGreece
=99National University of Science and Technology (MISiS)Russia
=99Taipei Medical UniversityTaiwan

Summary for Number of University in Top 100 by Country:

  1. China - 27
  2. Taiwan - 11
  3. Russia - 11
  4. India - 9
  5. Turkey - 7
  6. South Africa - 5
  7. Greece - 5
  8. Czech Republic - 5
  9. Brazil - 4
  10. Chile - 3
  11. Thailand - 2
  12. Estonia - 2
  13. Mexico - 2
  14. Hungary - 1
  15. United Arab Emirates - 1
  16. Malaysia - 1
  17. Qatar - 1
  18. Cyprus -1
  19. Poland - 1
  20. Romania - 1

Source - Times Higher Education

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