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3 Top Chinese Universities Withdraw From International Rankings, Shortly After Xi Jinping Asked Them to ‘Follow the CCP’

by Julia Ye

During an April 25 visit to one of China’s most prestigious universities, Renmin University in Beijing, Chinese leader Xi Jinping stressed that to build a world-class university with the Chinese characteristics, “you cannot follow in others’ footsteps.” Shortly after, on May 6, Renmin University announced that it will no longer provide data to the relevant international institutions to participate in world university rankings.

Prior to that, China’s Nanjing University and Lanzhou University, also considered top-notch universities in China, also announced their withdrawal from the international university rankings system. Analysts believe that these are obvious signs of China’s further decoupling from the West under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Despite its reputation as a top humanities and social sciences university in China, Renmin University is far behind even its Chinese peers in international rankings. According to the UK-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) annual World University Rankings, Renmin University in 2022 is ranked 601 globally, Nanjing University ranked 131, and Lanzhou University ranked 751. All three institutions are dubbed as “Double First-Class Universities” by the CCP…

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