China emerged as one of the emerging education hub with 23 of its universities making it into the top 100 list of The Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014. The ranking survey was conducted by Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies and it was powered by Thomson Reuters.
"Many of the world's emerging economies have put the development of world class universities at very heart of their national strategies. This ranking-a world first-will provide an unprecedented and penetrating insight into their progress against our established, trusted and independent global standards," says Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education World university Ranking.
This massive survey of ranking universities, covered institutions of Brazil, India, China, South Africa, Russia and 17 other countries.
Peeking University located in Beijing China, smashed others by securing the top position, it was closely followed by Tsinghua University (Beijing) at second position. Chinese institutions outrun everyone as they scored four of the top 10 and 23 of top 100 positions in the list. The next best represented countries are Taiwan (21), India (10), Turkey (seven), then South Africa and Thailand (five each).
The reason behind the Chinese universities' flag was flying high, because government of the country has always encouraged its universities to open its gate for the rest of the world. Apart from that, universities have set up several international education programmes with their Western associates, which helped the students to get the flavor of both the regions.
"Chinese universities have enjoyed 'huge financial investment' over the past three decades. Government also kept a side special fundings to propel 39 of its universities to 'top tier' global status," says Ziming Cai, lecturer in human resource management at the University of Nottingham.
"Chinese sector was pretty strong and growing stronger. There were very few countries with a per capita gross domestic product below $51,000, that did well in global rankings, but China was interesting exception. In comparison hasn't had 15 years of constant funding, nor had it benchmarked itself against other countries," says Simon Marginson, professor of international higher education at the Institute of Education, university of London.