World university rankings boost Shenzhen

Parents of high-schoolers across the Greater Bay Area are probably interested in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which were released yesterday. The usual contenders were up there, with China led by the two Beijing elite schools, Tsinghua and Peking (23rd and 24th), while the Greater Bay Area was led by Hong Kong’s top trio of HKU (36th), HKUST (41st), and CUHK (53rd).

Guangdong was led, as usual, by Sun Yat Sen University, whose main campus is in Guangzhou. It was eighth in the mainland yet only in the 251-300 rankings globally. 

Officials in Shenzhen will probably be pleased to see that two of the city’s universities climbed up into the 20 best on the mainland: Southern University of Science and Technology (9th), and Shenzhen University (18th). 

They might not care that the University of Cambridge slipped a notch, overtaken by the California Institute of Technology. Third place overall is good enough to put Shenzhen on the world map for higher education, assuming the prestigious UK university does decide to set up a joint venture in Shenzhen with Tsinghua, as we reported last week.

Read the full rankings here.  

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