The Chinese University Rankings 1999 presents the rankings and scores for each of the categories including ¡°academic reputation¡±, ¡°publications¡±, ¡°student selectivity¡±, ¡°teaching resources¡±, and ¡°research expenditure¡±, in addition to the overall scores and rankings. We believe this detailed information would help the users of our rankings to see more clearly the comparative advantages and disadvantages of each university. This more detailed information will certainly make also our ranking more transparent and more palatable.

For example, if we look at the top five universities, we come up the following analysis.

Our No. 1 rank goes to Tsinghua University. Its ranks in every category are similar to its overall rank. Its superiority among Chinese universities is obvious.

Our No. 2 rank goes to Peking University. Again, its rank in the individual category are similar to its overall rank and next only to Tsinghua University. With Tsinghua, these two universities are the twin towers of Chinese universities.

Our No. 3 rank goes to Nanjing University. It produces a much higher score in the category ¡°publication¡± than its peers. It is ranked No. 9 in ¡°student selectivity¡± and ranked No. 26 in ¡°research expenditure¡±. It may have to improve on these categories.

Our No. 4 rank goes to Zhejian University. Its size and corresponding large research funding has pulled it ahead. However, its faculty resources are relatively weak, ranked No. 27.

Our No. 5 rank goes to the University of Science and Technology of China. It ranks No. 4 in ¡°publications¡± and No. 3 in ¡°student selectivity¡±. It therefore has certain advantages. It ranks however No. 12 in ¡°research funding¡±.

The universities with an overall ranking 1 to 10 have very similar ranks in ¡°academic reputation¡±. This suggests that the scores given by the fellows and presidents are precise and authoritative. The No. 6 school in ¡°academic reputation¡± is China Xiehe Medical University. This school is ranked No. 1 in its teaching facilities. We however can not obtain its score on other items, and therefore excluded the university from our ranking. It otherwise would certainly obtain a high spot.

Lastly, the Chinese Universities Rankings 1998 does not express the opinion of either the government or the universities. In designing the ranking methodology, we have spent a great deal of effort in minimizing any potential bias. Our rankings, as it is based on statistics of different universities and expert opinions, should capture objectively the overall picture of the Chinese Universities. The independence and neutrality of an assessor is the key for a fair assessment. The Chinese government has long proposed to set up educational assessment organizations with independence and neutrality. We aim to be such an independent agent to offer our opinion of the Chinese universities.

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