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Harvard Named World’s Best University But China’s Remarkable Rise Comes At U.S. Expense

Harvard has been named the world’s best university for the 10th year in a row.

But the real story of today’s world rankings is the remarkable rise of China, largely coming at the expense of the U.S.

While U.S. universities claim eight of the top 10 places, the wider picture underlines a worrying trend for the traditional American higher education hegemony.

In the top 2000, only 69 U.S. universities improved their ranking, 22 maintained their position, and an astonishing 256 slipped down, with 10 falling out of the top 2000 altogether.

And although China’s top ranked institution is Tsinghua University at a relatively modest 58, overall 93% of China’s universities rose in the rankings and another 10 entered the top 2000.

China now has 277 universities in the top 2000, compared with 347 for the U.S., and at the present rate of change will overhaul the U.S. within five years.

China’s rise is largely the result of its Double First-Class University Plan – a scheme launched in 2015 aiming to make China’s universities more competitive – and aggressive recruitment of U.S. and U.K.-based researchers, according to Dr Nadim Mahassen, president of the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), which compiled the table.

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