China Subject Ratings 2021

The Times Higher Education China Subject Ratings are the only performance tables that judge Chinese institutions against their global peers based on the Chinese Ministry of Education’s classification of subjects.

The methodology links closely to the THE World University Rankings, but the indicators have been adapted and recalibrated. The ratings measure research-intensive universities’ subject performance across five key areas: teaching, research, citations, industry income and internationalisation.

The 2021 ratings include 1,510 universities worldwide, 90 of which are in mainland China. They measure performance in 89 subjects across 12 pillars.

View the China Subject Ratings 2021 methodology

Overall, mainland China scores an average grade of B+ in the ratings, above the global average of a B. Chinese universities score above average in 63 of the 89 subjects.

Read our analysis of the China Subject Ratings 2021

If you would like to discuss the results of the ratings, contact Elizabeth Shepherd, head of THE’s consultancy team, at