Magazine article Times Higher Education

Racing Ahead: China Makes Strides in Emerging World

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Racing Ahead: China Makes Strides in Emerging World

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Show of strength from Russia and Turkey in the second annual BRICS rankings. Chris Parr writes

China has cemented its dominance of the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies ranking, with more than a quarter of the institutions in the 2015 top 100 located in the country.

In the second annual table, which recognises higher education institutions in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and 17 other "emerging economies", China has 27 representatives - up from 23 last year. These include Peking University and Tsinghua University, which take first and second place respectively.

The next most represented region, Taiwan, has 19 institutions in the top 100 - two fewer than last year. Conversely, India has increased its representatives from 10 to 11, while Russia has seen dramatic improvement, with seven universities in the top 100, up from just two last year. These include Lomonosov Moscow State University, which rises five places to fifth.

Elsewhere in the top five, Turkey's Middle East Technical University takes third place (it was ninth last year) while South Africa, with five representatives in the table, sees the University of Cape Town in fourth.

It has been a strong year for Turkey, with three of the top 10 places and eight universities in the top 100 (up from seven last year), mirroring gains made in the annual World University Rankings results.

Phil Baty, THE rankings editor, said this improvement was partly due to the country's activities with the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern). …

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