Chinese language universities need to hand over worldwide rankings

After the economic department, will we see the academic department? Nanjing University, Lanzhou University and especially the prestigious Renmin University in Beijing have decided not to participate in international higher education rankings anymore. This information was broadcast on the National Radio website, stating that “it will become a trend”.

The announcement comes after President Xi Jinping visits Renmin University on April 25. Then he stated that “China is a country with a unique history, a different culture and a special national context” a “We cannot blindly follow others or simply copy foreign standards and models in building world-class universities.”

In his eyes, “In order to chart a new path for world-class universities with Chinese characteristics, we must adhere to the leadership of the party and the orientation of Marxism and serve the affairs of the party and the people.”. In the evening, television showed Si Jinping leaving the university to the applause of a crowd chanting: “We will remain loyal to the party and fill people’s trust.”

Western observers are still cautious. “We don’t know if it’s just propaganda or a real bottom-up movement that will affect university relations.”, says a diplomat in Beijing. However, Jinping has been preparing for this step for several years. In May 2014, while visiting Beijing University, he said: “There will never be a second Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT or Cambridge, but there will always be a first university in Beijing, Tsinghua, Zhejiang, Fudan and Nanjing. ยป On 22 September 2020, he chaired the meeting and ordered leaders in the educational and cultural world to “Put into practice a general plan for evaluating new era education”, a plan to be published a few days later. In the fall of 2020, Renmin University set up its own university evaluation research center and announced that it would no longer cooperate with international evaluation organizations from 2022.

“Inclusive approach”

He asked The worldAmerican company Quacquarelli Symonds, which publishes one of the most renowned rankings – QS World University Ranking – confirms that it will continue to have “Inclusive approach”. “In the rare event that the institutions are not in direct contact with us, we strive to find reliable data from other reputable sources to ensure that our assessments are as comprehensive and reliable as possible.”.

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