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The Indicator System of Chinese University Ranking 2003
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Suggestions on using the ranking
Suggestions on using the ranking

1. For Netbig Chinese Universities Rankings of the year 2003, we no longer rank those three-year colleges. Our experiences of past four years suggest that data of these three-year colleges are often difficult to obtain. The rankings consequently could not compare these universities effectively. We choose therefore not to rank these colleges.

2. We have, instead of the aggregate number, used the quantity per thousand students in calculating the indicator of “academic resources”. As a result, universities such as Jilin University that have recently merged with institutions of diverse qualities have been penalized with lower rankings. On the other hand, the ranking of universities such as Zhongshan University that have merged with equitable institutions does not change much.

3. Netbig Chinese University Rankings have adjusted in 2002 its ranking methodology to assess those institutions with liberal art orientation more fairly. For example, People’s University of China is ranked as No. 9 in comprehensive ranking both in this year and year 2002.

4. The top ten universities in this year’s rankings are respectively: Tsinghua University/Beijing University, Nanjing University, Fudan University, University of Science and Technology of China, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University, Nankai University, Renmin University of China (a.k.a People’s University of China), Beijing Normal University and Sun Yat-sen University (a.k.a. Zhongshan University). These universities cover a wide variety of institutions that include comprehensive universities, universities with arts and science orientation, universities with science and technology orientation, universities with liberal art orientation as well universities specializing in education. There are many, among these top ten universities, that have recently went through mergers. They demonstrate different ways in university growth. Both expansion of pure scale and expansion of fields and subjects can be effective. There are many among these top universities that did not partake in the recent wave of university mergers. Excellence of a university may as well lie in one’s operational efficiency and its unique set of program offerings.

5. Tsinghua University and Beijing University have again jointly ranked as No. 1 this year. This demonstrates the unparalleled positions of these universities in China. Their own strength and history may have partially contributed to their ranking. Yet, their superior government support funding may have also played an important role. From a public policy point of view, we wonder, if there is a level playing field, would the Chinese universities be more competitive and more efficient?

6. We do not rank China Union Medical University as it is too different than the other Chinese universities.


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