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A total of 35 Chinese universities rank among the world's 500 best in a ranking released by China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University on Monday.|
Among the 35 universities, 23 are based on the Chinese mainland, almost triple the number when the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was first compiled and released in 2003.
The ranking puts Harvard University on the top of the list, followed by Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Cambridge, Caltech, Princeton, Columbia, Chicago and Oxford.
National Taiwan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Tsinghua University are the top three Chinese universities and also entered the Top 200 worldwide.
Six other Chinese mainland universities rank among the Top 300.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University itself ranks in the top five of mainland universities after Tsinghua University and Peking University.
Two Chinese mainland universities, Beihang University (formerly known as Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics) and Beijing Normal University, rank among the Top 500 for the first time.
ARWU has been presenting the world's top 500 universities annually since 2003 based on a set of indicators and third-party data.
ARWU uses six indicators to rank world universities such as the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific, and the number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science.
More than 1,000 universities are evaluated, and the best 500 are published by ARWU, which has been recognized as a trustworthy precursor of global university rankings.
What do you think of the ranking? Do you believe it truthfully reflects the power of the universities?