CHINA: Lack of top-ranking universities, says academic

China has no global top-ranking universities, said Xu Zhihong, a member of the Chinese Academy of Science and ex-president of Peking University, at a lecture in the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, The People's Daily reports.

Xu said global top-ranking universities have three characteristics. First, they have world-famous professors conducting high-level research. Second, they possess a collection of achievements that could affect human civilisation and the development of society and the economy. Third, a large number of outstanding people who have made great contributions to human civilisation have graduated from these universities.

"If a university has these characteristics, then it can be called a global top-ranking university," Xu added.
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