Project 985

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Project 985 (Chinese: 985工程; pinyin: 985 gōngchéng) is a project that was first announced by CPC General secretary and Chinese President Jiang Zemin at the 100th anniversary of Peking University on May 4, 1998 to promote the development and reputation of the Chinese higher education system by founding world-class universities in the 21st century[1] and eponymous after the date of the announcement, May 1998, or 98/5, according to the Chinese date format.[2] The project involves both national and local governments allocating large amounts of funding to certain universities[3] in order to build new research centers, improve facilities, hold international conferences, attract world-renowned faculty and visiting scholars, and help Chinese faculty attend conferences abroad.[4]

In 2009, 9 universities made up the C9 League,[4] which is referred to as the Chinese equivalent of the US Ivy League.[5] By the end of the second phase of the project, 39 universities were sponsored. It was announced in 2011 that the project has closed the door, no more new schools to join in.[6]

List of sponsored universities[edit]

There are 39 universities sponsored by Project 985.[7][8] The project also assigned funding to each university.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Project 985,The University of Edinburgh
  2. ^ "Project 211 and 985". China Education Center Ltd. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  3. ^ "985工程". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  4. ^ a b "International Rankings and Chinese Higher Education Reform". World Education News and Reviews. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  5. ^ "9所首批"985工程"建设高校签订《一流大学人才培养合作与交流协议书》". Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Ministry of Education: no new "211" "985" project of the school". Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  7. ^ "985工程一期重点共建". Ministry of Education PR CHINA. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  8. ^ "985工程二期重点共建". Ministry of Education PR CHINA. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  9. ^ "985工程重点共建协议对各大学的定位". Retrieved 2010-08-28.