On 2nd June 2021, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings released the latest edition of The Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2021. A total of 551 universities from 30 countries or regions participated in the ranking this year, up 13 percent from 489 last year.
Tsinghua University topped the list for three consecutive years; For two years in a row, Peking University ranked second with cicadas.
A record 15 universities from the Chinese mainland are in the top 50.
Of the 81 Chinese mainland universities on the list in 2020, 65 have seen their ranking rise or stay the same (80 percent). A total of 72 universities from around the world participated in the ranking for the first time, 10 of which are from the Chinese mainland. The Chinese mainland has the second largest number of universities participating in the Asian University Rankings for the first time among all countries or regions.
Asia’s top ten
Tsinghua University held on to the top spot for the third year in a row, after taking the top spot for the first time in 2019, taking the absolute academic dominance in Asia. Peking University also retained its second place, marking the second year in a row that universities from the Chinese mainland held the top two spots.
Singapore also performed well, with the National University of Singapore (third) and the University of Hong Kong (fourth) in Hong Kong, unchanged from last year. Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University moved up from sixth to fifth place, making it into the top five.
Performance of universities in mainland China
Apart from Tsinghua university and Peking university, the top performers on the Chinese mainland are Fudan University, which rose five places to 11th from 17th last year, and Zhejiang University, which rose to 12th from 13th in Asia last year. With Central South University (44th) and South China University of Technology (50th) entering the top 50, the Chinese mainland has a total of 15 institutions in the top 50, the most of any Asian country or region, setting a new record.
Even with tougher competition, the Chinese mainland has a total of 31 universities in the top 100, and 13 have improved or maintained excellent performance since last year’s ranking.