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These are the 5 best universities in emerging economies


March. 09, 2020

The Times Higher Education’s list of the best emerging-economy universities shows standards are improving across the world. There are more Chinese universities on the list than any other country. Many emerging-market universities are already attracting thousands of international students.
China dominates the ranking of universities in the world’s emerging economies. Not only are seven of the 10 best emerging-market universities in China , but 81 of its institutions feature in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) list for 2020. That’s more than any other country. With 56 universities in the ranking, India is the second-most-represented country out of the 47 that appear in the list.
According to THE, standards of higher education are improving across the world. While the UK and the US continue to dominate the global higher-education league tables , many emerging economies, such as Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Mexico, and Turkey, are becoming attractive options for people seeking alternative destinations for high-quality university education on the global stage.
The world is experiencing an unprecedented period of change , driven by technological innovation, globalization, demographic shifts, climate change and more, which brings both opportunities and challenges. Greater efficiencies and productivity are one part of the equation. Another is the displacement of jobs by machines. Many dangerous, repetitive, low-wage jobs are already being automated. But so, too, are tasks that have long been the preserve of the professional classes.
As these forces, along with the Fourth Industrial Revolution , gather pace around the world – changing the skills and capabilities needed at both the individual and country level – access to a world-class education will be more important than ever.
Here is a summary of the top five emerging-market universities, according to THE.
1) Tsinghua University , China
Tsinghua University’s motto is self-discipline and social commitment. It ranks 23rd in the 2020 world university rankings, and 14th in the world reputation rankings for 2019. It has 38,783 students, 11% of whom are international, and a 12:1 student-to-staff ratio.
It was established in 1911 and has 14 schools and 59 departments, spanning subjects from management to art, with particular strengths in science and technology.
2) Peking University , China
Not far from the Summer Palace, in Beijing, is Yan Yuan (the garden of Yan) – Peking University’s campus. It sits 24th in the 2020 emerging-economies university rankings and was placed joint-17th in the world reputation rankings for 2019.
Called the Imperial University of Peking before China became a republic in 1912, Peking University has 39,575 students, (15% international) and a male-to-female student ratio of 54:46.
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3) Zhejiang University , China
Zhejiang University is one of China’s oldest universities, dating back to 1897. It was placed joint-107th in the 2020 world university rankings. It has seven campuses across Hangzhou: Yuquan, Xixi, Haining, Huajiachi, Zhijiang, Zijingang and Zhoushan.
Zhejiang University has 33,427 students, and more than one-fifth are international, which is perhaps to be expected from a university that has formed partnerships with more than 140 institutions from more than 30 countries worldwide. Among its partners are Imperial College London and Princeton University.
4) University of Science and Technology of China , China
The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) was established in 1958 and was located in Beijing until it relocated to Hefei, the capital of Anhui province, during the Cultural Revolution. It was placed 80th in THE’s Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020.
Home to 16,245 students, USTC has an impressive staff/student ratio of 7.7:1, but only 4% of its intake are international students. Its mission statement says it wants to "focus on frontier areas of science and technology and educate top leaders in science and technology in China and the world."
5) Lomonosov Moscow State University , Russian Federation
The only non-Chinese institution in the top five, Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) is joint-189th in the 2020 rankings. Anton Chekhov, Ivan Turgenev and Mikhail Gorbachev are all former students of MSU.
It has 29,235 students, almost one-third of whom come from outside Russia, and a 48:52 female-to-male student ratio. MSU has 39 faculties offering 128 undergraduate programmes and more than 140 programmes available through distance learning. It also has four museums and one of the largest library systems in Russia.
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