There are a variety of university ranking lists published in China, which students and their parents use to choose the schools they will attend. Most of the ranking institutes are run as a business.
According to a report in Shanghai’s Wenhui Daily, an insider at a prestigious university in Shanghai revealed that the university has been visited several times in recent years by one of the people in charge of a well-known university ranking institute. He said that he wanted to help the university do consultations, and he would charge for the service.
The university refused and its ranking dropped to second place.
An education expert, who did not want to reveal his name, said that almost all the university ranking institutes in China are for-profit businesses and are not independent.
Some of the indicators used to rank the universities in China are: the number of students, the size of the campus, the number of theses published, and the number of departments.
If the California Institute of Technology (CIT) in the U.S., which has cultivated more than 20 Nobel winners, was ranked using these criteria, it would not rank with the top three universities in China because the CIT has a smaller student body than many of the universities in China.
Shanghai Fudan University has been ranked from third to twentieth by different ranking ‘institutes.’
Although there are at least 20 ranking institutes in China academic institutes outside of China consider only the ranking of the Institute for Higher Education in Shanghai Jiaotong University was recognized as acceptable.
Source: The Epoch Times