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 its doors, and no more new schools will be able to join in.[6]

List of sponsored universities[edit]

Numbers of "Project 985"-sponsored universities in each province of China.

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

  1. Peking University (RMB1.8 billion)
  2. Tsinghua University (RMB1.8 billion)
  3. Fudan University (RMB1.2 billion)
  4. Harbin Institute of Technology (RMB1 billion)
  5. Nanjing University (RMB1.2 billion)
  6. Shanghai Jiao Tong University (RMB1.2 billion)
  7. University of Science and Technology of China (RMB900 million)
  8. Xi'an Jiaotong University (RMB900 million)
  9. Zhejiang University (RMB1.4 billion)
  10. Beijing Institute of Technology (RMB1 billion)
  11. Beijing Normal University (RMB1.2 billion)
  12. Beihang University (RMB900 million)
  13. Central South University (RMB400 million)
  14. Minzu University of China (RMB500 million)
  15. Renmin University of China (RMB500 million)
  16. China Agricultural University (unknown)
  17. Chongqing University (RMB540 million)
  18. Dalian University of Technology (RMB400 million)
  19. East China Normal University (RMB600 million)
  20. Huazhong University of Science and Technology (RMB600 million)
  21. Hunan University (RMB400 million)
  22. Jilin University (RMB700 million)
  23. Lanzhou University (RMB450 million)
  24. Nankai University (RMB700 million)
  25. Northwestern Polytechnical University (RMB900 million)
  26. Northeastern University (RMB400 million)
  27. Northwest A&F University (RMB450 million)
  28. Ocean University of China (RMB300 million)
  29. Southeast University (RMB600 million)
  30. Shandong University (RMB1.2 billion)
  31. Sichuan University (RMB720 million)
  32. South China University of Technology (RMB400 million)
  33. Sun Yat-sen University (RMB120 million)
  34. Tianjin University (RMB700 million)
  35. Tongji University (RMB600 million)
  36. University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (RMB360 million)
  37. Wuhan University (RMB800 million)
  38. Xiamen University (RMB800 million)
  39. National University of Defense Technology (unknown)

See also[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.