According to The New York Times, in 1998, just 3.4 million students attended university in China. Today, they estimate that there are over 26.2 million students enrolled in Chinese universities.


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As a part of its annual 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities rankings, U.S. News & World Report assessed 1,250 institutions across 74 countries including 136 Chinese universities.

U.S. News used data from Clarivate Analytics InCites and ranked universities based on factors such as global research reputation, publications and conferences. In order to be considered, universities had to have published at least 1,500 papers between 2011 and 2015.

Read on to see the 10 best universities in China:


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10. Harbin Institute of Technology

Location: Harbin, China  


Overall rank: 304


Total enrollment:  29,395



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9. Huazhong University of Science & Technology

Location: Wuhan, China


Overall rank: 282


Total enrollment: 56,140


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8. Sun Yat Sen University

Location: Guangzhou, China


Overall rank: 237


Total enrollment:  51,089


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7. Nanjing University

Location: Nanjing, China


Overall rank: 190


Total enrollment:  33,456


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6. Zhejiang University

Location: Hangzhou, China


Overall rank: 159


Total enrollment: 50,051


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5. Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Location: Shanghai, China


Overall rank: 156


Total enrollment:  37,288


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4. Fudan University

Location: Shanghai, China


Overall rank: 148


Total enrollment:  32,859


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3. University of Science & Technology of China

Location: Hefei, China


Overall rank: 145


Total enrollment:  16,032


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2. Peking University

Location: Beijing, China


Overall rank: 65


Total enrollment:  42,136


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1. Tsinghua University

Location: Beijing, China


Overall rank: 64


Total enrollment:  42,089

Tsinghua University, located in Beijing, was ranked the 64th best university in the world and the best university in all of China. This high ranking was due, in part, to its stellar reputation for hosting academic conferences and providing research opportunities.


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Close behind Tsinghua is  Peking University, also located in Beijing. Peking received high marks for its regional research reputation and international collaboration. The university offers a collaborative master's program in international affairs with the  London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom.

Three technology-focused universities also made the list, including University of Science & Technology of China, Huazhong University of Science & Technology and Harbin Institute of Technology.

Source: CNBC