Despite investing billions of dollars to create world-class seats of learning, China lags in a new list of Asia’s top colleges. Its highest-ranked Peking University came in 12th, down two spots from last year.
That did not surprise Prof. Zhang Ming, a professor of politics at Renmin University in Beijing. “Chinese universities are getting worse, and they are getting worse fast,” plagued by bureaucracy and plagiarism, he says bitterly.
The top mainland university, Peking University, came 12th on the list – ahead of its great rival Tsinghua, which trailed in 16th place. These results, poorer than last year’s rankings, will disappoint Chinese education officials “who have been throwing billions of dollars at universities for the past 12 years,” says Prof. David Zweig, who teaches at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2nd in the table, behind Hong Kong University).