Academic Ranking of World Universities

In the 21st century, the number of students in higher education institutions in China has outnumbered that in India and United States, making China the largest higher education system in the world. There are currently nearly ten million Chinese teenagers participating in the national college entrance examination each year, and most of them can be finally admitted by higher education institutions of different levels. At the meantime, there are millions of college graduates entering the job market annually, making the competition for jobs getting tougher, and it is not rare to see college graduates face unemployment upon graduation. In this context, students are increasingly concerned about the return on their investment in higher education. They are expecting an overall improvement of themselves through years of study and practice so that they are able to find a satisfying job or continue further studies after graduation. While there are more than two thousand universities or colleges in China, government and universities have failed to provide parents and students useful and sufficient information to make key decisions on university or college study options.

By collecting and processing various data on higher education institutions, league tables present sequential rankings of universities in an easy to understand way, helping the public to have a better understanding of universities. In many countries, university rankings have become influential "consumer guides" or "warning devices", making a significant impact on higher education. The first domestic university ranking in China did not appear until the 1990s, followed by several dozen other rankings of different kinds, among which three or four rankings have been published for years on an annual basis and have gained attention from the public. Despite of their growing popularity, these league tables have suffered heavy criticism for their flawed methodologies and lack of transparency in the ranking process.

Best Chinese Universities Rankings (BCUR) aims to provide students, parents and other stakeholders with reliable and comparable information about Chinese universities. Compared with other rankings of Chinese universities, BCUR has a number of distinctive features. First of all, it uses indicators that can represent underlying judgments towards universities by different types of stakeholders such as students, employers, academics and industries. Besides, unlike other Chinese rankings using complicated methodology and dozens of indicators, BCUR employs only 9 key indicators to rank Chinese universities, making the ranking results more relevant, reliable and easy to understand. What’s more, BCUR is committed to be a fully transparent university ranking as it publishes not only the detailed methodology and source of data, but also raw data of all evaluated indicators, which makes it convenient for users to verify the results or make further analysis.

It’s our goal to make BCUR a useful guide for students to choose their best universities and a useful tool for people to better understand Chinese universities and conduct customized analysis.

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