China currently has around 600 colleges and universities which are accredited to admit international students. It is not easy for a foreign applicant to make the right choice of university without any research. Browsing university rankings is one way to learn about universities' reputations. In China, there are a number of rankings edited by different organizations, but Chinese people generally refer to "Project 211" and "Project 985" instead of rankings, which were set up by the Chinese Governement. Project 211 and Project 985 universities are widely regarded to be the most prestigious in China.

Project 211 is a project which aims to strengthen approximately 100 key universities and colleges for the 21st century initiated in 1995 by China's Ministry of Education. The figure of 21 and 1 within the name 211 are from the abbreviation of the 21st century and approximately 100 universities respectively. China now has more than 2,000 standard institutions of higher education, and about 6 percent of them are 211 Project institutions.

When you are browsing China's universities on CUCAS, you can find out whether a university belongs to Project 211 by looking at the ‘School Tier’ category on each university’s profile. For example, Beijing Foreign Studies University is a member university of 'Project 211'.

Project 985 is a boosting project to promote the Chinese higher education system as called for by President Jiang Zemin at the 100th anniversary of Peking University on May 4, 1998 . The objective is to develop, in cooperation with local government, several top universities to be world-leading.

Universities List of Project 985

  1. Fudan University
  2. Harbin Institute of Technology
  3. Nanjing University
  4. Xi'an Jiao Tong University
  5. Beihang University
  6. Beijing Institute of Technology
  7. Beijing Normal University
  8. Central South University
  9. Central University for Nationalities (Minzu University of China)
  10. Chongqing University
  11. Dalian University of Technology
  12. East China Normal University
  13. Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  14. Hunan University
  15. Jilin University
  16. Ocean University of China
  17. Tianjin University
  18. Tongji University
  19. University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  20. Wuhan University
  21. Xiamen University
  22. Shandong University
  23. Sichuan University
  24. South China University of Technology
  25. Southeast University
  26. Sun Yat-sen University
  27. Peking University
  28. Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  29. Tsinghua University
  30. University of Science and Technology of China
  31. Zhejiang University
  32. China Agricultural University
  33. Lanzhou University
  34. Nankai University
  35. National University of Defense Technology
  36. Northeastern University
  37. Northwest A&F University
  38. Northwestern Polytechnical University
  39. Renmin University of China



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