Country aims for 40 world-class universities by 2020People’s Daily Online.
The term ‘double first-class’, which refers to ‘world-class university’ and ‘world-class discipline’, was approved by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, and China’s deepening reform lead group in 2016. The project, in the form of five-year plans, envisages China having some 40 universities and a number of majors recognised as world-class by 2020.
It is the third effort of its kind after two earlier programmes: Project 211 and Project 985, the government-funded endeavour to strengthen advanced higher education institutions and key disciplinary areas. However, the ‘double first-class’ project is more than just another version of the two previous projects, as it is a brand new plan, said Minister of Education Chen Baosheng.
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