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The world of college admissions is ever-changing and for students with top university ambitions, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. This week Times Higher Education rankings revealed that Chinese universities are rising in the research rankings. Check back next week to see what’s new and noteworthy in university admissions!
Chinese universities are rising in the rankings for research institutions as the US continues to slide, the Times Higher Education Rankings reported. The growing gap in output between elite universities in the US and the rest has been cited as a reason for the slip in rankings. However, China is lacking in internationalisation and not many overseas students go to China to pursue higher education.
Oxford University was ranked the highest in the category for the seventh consecutive year.
The U.S. and U.K. continue to dominate the upper echelon of the rankings, with the U.S. taking seven of the top 10 slots and Britain three. Oxford is followed by Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley, Yale University and Imperial College London.
However, among the top 100 universities, the number of those in the U.S. fell to 34 from 43 between 2018 and this year. The number of Chinese universities in the top 100 increased from two to seven.
The Chinese government has consistently invested in higher education and research and development for more than 20 years, with funding specifically targeted at developing world-class universities, training scholars at top institutions in the West and building capacity in China. As a result, the number of Chinese scholarly publications has been growing steadily since the mid-1990s.
An impact of this investment can also be seen in the number of Chinese students attending US universities this year. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that the number of U.S. visas issued to Chinese students for the new academic year plunged from pre-pandemic levels. On the other hand, the number of student visas awarded to Indian students went up significantly. More than 84,000 student, or F-1, visas were issued to Indian students from May to August, the period that accounts for the bulk of student-visa issuances. That’s almost 45% more visas for Indian students than the same four months last year and a staggering 148% more than during that span of 2019.