The ‘Harvard of China’ Ranked the Best School in the Asia-Pacific Region

Tsinghua University, a prestigious university in Beijing known as “the Harvard of China,” has finally reached the peak of a university rankings survey after years of inching its way to the top.

Based on the report released by Times Higher Education (THE), Tsinghua University is now the number one educational institution in the Asia-Pacific region.


It has surpassed the National University of Singapore (NUS), scoring better in teaching, researching and industry income with an impressive total of 99.8 out of 100.

The near-perfect score helped it make up for the disparity in “international outlook” which was only 45.8 compared to NUS’ 95.5.

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Tsinghua steadily climbed the chart from ranking 4th in the inaugural study back in 2017 to reaching rank number two last year.

In THE’s World University Rankings, Tsinghua University ranked just 71st back in 2012 but has now reached rank 22nd. 


Several notable institutions from Hong Kong also made the Asia-Pacific top ten list, including Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, placing 4th, 5th and 9th on the list, respectively. 

Meanwhile, the University of Melbourne climbed back to the 3rd place from ranking 4th last year.

Most universities in mainland China rose up the ranks this year, except for Peking University, which dropped from its 3rd spot last year to 6th place this year.

According to Shanghaiist, China accounts for 23% of the 320 institutions included in this year’s survey.

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