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    According to an August 15 release by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, China now has 57 Top 500 universities. Tsinghua University joined the top 50, occupying the 48th position for the first time in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities, ARWU.

    Peking University ranks 71st, while Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and other institutions on the Chinese mainland come between 101st and 150th. Twelve universities from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan also entered the top 200.

    Compared to last year, four more universities on the Chinese mainland entered the Top 500 universities, indicating the growing strength and international influence of Chinese institutions.

    Universities ranked between 501 and 800 are published as ARWU World Top 500 Candidates because of their potential to break into the Top 500 list in the near future.

    China and the US are the two biggest hosts of Top 500 candidates, with each having 55 such universities.

    This article was originally published in the Global Times.

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