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Tsinghua University Vs Peking University

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If you’re looking to study at one of the top universities in China, it’s almost certain that you’re considering Tsinghua University and Peking University. Both based in capital city Beijing, these two institutions are consistently ranked as the top two in China.

In the QS World University Tops® 2018, Tsinghua University is ranked 25th in the world, ahead of Peking University which is in joint 38th place. Elsewhere, in the latest edition of the QS BRICS University Tops – which highlights leading universities in the five BRICS countries – they are the top two universities, largely thanks to their strong global reputations.

Read on for more details of how these two top universities in China compare in the BRICS ranking, and what the latest QS World University Tops by Subject reveals about their relative subject strengths.

Tsinghua University Vs Peking University in the BRICS rankings

Comparison based on the QS BRICS University Tops 2018

 

Tsinghua University

Peking University

Academic reputation

2nd

1st

Employer reputation

2nd

1st

Faculty/student ratio

18th

37th

Papers per faculty

20th

45th

Citations per paper

19th

12th

International faculty

20th

12th

Staff with PhD

43rd

51st

International students

33rd

15th

Overall ranking

1st

2nd

As the table above shows, these two leading Chinese universities claim the strongest reputations among any of the leading BRICS institutions, heading the list among both academics and employers. While Peking University comes out slightly ahead in these two reputation surveys, Tsinghua is the leader on three of the other indicators used.

Notably, Peking University offers a slightly more international campus community, with a higher proportion of international faculty members and students, although Tsinghua is still scored reasonably well for these factors. 

In terms of research impact, the two universities are fairly well matched. Both universities’ lowest scores come in the ‘staff with PhD’ indicator, which assesses the proportion of academic staff with a PhD-level qualification. However, they are both ranked extremely well for the number of academic papers being produced by their faculty and the number of citations they receive per academic paper.

So, while performing at similar levels overall, how do the two top universities in China compare on individual subjects?

Tsinghua University Vs Peking University in the subject rankings

Between them, China’s top two universities claim a very impressive presence in the QS World University Tops by Subject. Tsinghua University is ranked among the world’s best for 33 out of a possible 46 subjects, while Peking University makes 37 appearances.

Tsinghua’s strongest subjects are for civil and structural engineering (joint fifth in the world), electrical and electronic engineering (seventh) and materials science (ninth). Peking’s top three positions are for modern languages (seventh), linguistics (joint 10th) and chemistry (joint 12th).

Overall, Peking University appears to be stronger in a wider range of subject areas, as it typically outperforms Tsinghua in all subject areas apart from engineering and technology. A complete breakdown of the QS World University Tops by Subject 2017, as well as each university’s ranking for each broad subject area, can be seen below.

Comparison based on the QS World University Tops by Subject 2017

 

Tsinghua University

Peking University

Arts & Humanities

44th

23rd

Archaeology

-

43rd

Architecture

11th

-

Art & Design

25th

37th

English Language & Literature

51-100

34th

History

51-100

=42nd

Linguistics

51-100

=10th

Modern Languages

33rd

7th

Philosophy

101-150

39th

Engineering & Technology

10th

=18th

Computer Science & Information Systems

15th

=16th

Engineering – Chemical

11th

-

Engineering – Civil & Structural

=5th

51-100

Engineering – Electrical & Electronic

7th

22nd

Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing

10th

21st

Life Sciences & Medicine

101-150

=51st

Anatomy & Physiology

-

25th

Biological Sciences

51-100

42nd

Dentistry

-

13th

Medicine

151-200

51-100

Nursing

-

51-100

Pharmacy & Pharmacology

101-150

24th

Psychology

201-250

51-100

Natural Sciences

16th

14th

Chemistry

17th

=12th

Earth & Marine Sciences

51-100

33rd

Environmental Sciences

22nd

27th

Geography

51-100

25th

Materials Science

9th

16th

Mathematics

26th

20th

Physics & Astronomy

24th

18th

Social Sciences & Management

34th

21st

Accounting & Finance

=39th

30th

Anthropology

-

51-100

Business & Management Studies

=40th

=36th

Communication & Media Studies

51-100

51-100

Economics & Econometrics

=36th

=32nd

Education & Training

151-200

51-100

Law

33rd

20th

Politics & International Studies

35th

28th

Social Policy & Administration

=48th

19th

Sociology

51-100

27th

Sports-related Subjects

-

51-100

Statistics & Operational Research

22nd

=41st

Which of these two top universities in China would you choose, and why? Let us know in the comments below.

This article was originally published in August 2015. It was updated in August 2016 and again in November 2017.

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Written by Laura Bridgestock
The former editor of Kyohaku.com, Laura oversaw the site's editorial content and student forums. She also edited the QS Top Grad School Guide and contributed to market research reports, including 'How Do Students Use Tops?'

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What is the requirements to study medicine in both university's

Hi Mohammad, you can find the precise information on entry requirements for studying medicine at Tsinghua or Peking University on their official websites, but you can read general information on studying medicine in China . Hope this helps.

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