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Top Engineering Schools in China in 2021

By Chloe Lane

Updated April 15, 2021 Updated April 15, 2021
  • The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 includes 520 top engineering and technology schools around the world – 38 of which can be found in Mainland China. 
  • We reveal the top universities for each of the five different branches of engineering – chemical, civil and structural, electrical, mechanical, and mineral and mining. 

The recent QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 covers the best universities for 51 different subjects, including 520 top engineering and technology schools around the world – 38 of which can be found in Mainland China

The ranking covers five different branches of engineering – chemicalcivil and structuralelectricalmechanical, and mineral and mining

The rankings are compiled using four indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper and the H-index (a way of measuring the productivity and impact of published work). You can find out more about the methodology used here

Top 10 universities for the Engineering and Technology subject area in China  

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 

China Ranking 

World Ranking 

Institution 

Location 

10 

Tsinghua University 

Beijing 

23 

Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Shanghai 

24  

Peking University 

Beijing 

 

27= 

Zhejiang University 

Hangzhou 

43 

Fudan University 

Shanghai 

67  

Xi'an Jiaotong University 

Xi’an 

77 

University of Science and Technology of China 

Hefei 

82= 

Huazhong University of Science and Technology 

Wuhan 

96= 

Harbin Institute of Technology 

Harbin 

10 

120= 

Nanjing University 

Nanjing 

Of the 38 engineering and technology universities in Mainland China, Tsinghua University is the highest ranked for another year running, despite dropping one place in the index. The school earns a perfect score in the H-Index indicator and a near-perfect score in the academic reputation indicator.  

Notable movements in the engineering and technology top ten this year in Mainland China include Xi’an Jiaotong University, up 26 positions to 67th and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, climbing 18 places  this year to joint 82nd. Harbin Institute of Technology also performed well in joint 96th after rising 24 places. 

See the full engineering and technology subject rankings here. 

Top Universities for Chemical Engineering 

Top Five Universities for Chemical Engineering in China 

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 

China Ranking  

World Ranking 

Institution 

Location 

11 

Tsinghua University 

Beijing 

3= 

18 

Peking University 

Beijing 

3= 

30 

Zhejiang University 

Hangzhou 

3= 

52 

Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Shanghai 

65 

Nanjing University 

Nanjing 

There are currently 400 chemical engineering schools in the subject rankings, with 35 of these located in China. Six Chinese universities can be found in the global top 100. 

China’s top university for chemical engineering this year is Tsinghua University, in 11th place globally after dropping one spot in the 2021 rankings. A new entry this year, Peking University ranks close behind in 18th  – the second-highest ranked university in Mainland China for chemical engineering. 

Mainland China’s other new entry this year is Chongqing University, entering the rankings in 351-400. Beijing Institute of Technology falls from the top 10 this year after dropping up to 50 places to 101-150. 

View the full chemical engineering ranking here. 

Top Universities for Civil and Structural Engineering 

Top Five Universities for Civil and Structural Engineering in China  

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 

China Ranking  

World Ranking 

Institution 

Location 

7= 

Tsinghua University 

Beijing 

23=  

Tongji University 

Shanghai 

25= 

Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Shanghai 

41= 

Zhejiang University 

Hangzhou 

51-100 

Peking University 

Beijing 

The 202 civil and structural engineering schools featured in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 includes 11 top Chinese universities. 

The highest ranking of these is Tsinghua University which once again offers the best course in Mainland China, placing in joint seventh worldwide after rising three places this year. The school earns a perfect score in the H-index , reflecting the quality of its research output. 

Three other Chinese universities feature in the top 50 for civil and structural engineering.  

See the full civil and structural engineering rankings here  

Top Universities for Electrical Engineering 

Top Five Universities for Electrical Engineering in China 

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 

China Ranking 

World Ranking 

Institution 

Location 

12 

Tsinghua University 

Beijing 

25=  

Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Shanghai 

28 

Peking University 

Beijing 

39 

Zhejiang University 

Hangzhou 

67 

Fudan University 

Shanghai 

China is home to 36 of the 503 top electrical engineering universities in the world, with Tsinghua University bagging the top spot in Mainland China this year.  

There are eight Chinese universities currently in the top 100 for electrical engineering. Of these, Zhejiang University has had the biggest change in the index, rising eight places to 39th this year.  

See the full electrical engineering rankings here. 

Top Universities for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering 

Top Five Universities for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering in China 

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 

China Ranking 

World Ranking  

Institution 

Location 

11 

Tsinghua University 

Beijing 

29  

Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Shanghai 

24  

Peking University 

Beijing 

35  

Zhejiang University 

Hangzhou 

42= 

Xi'an Jiaotong University 

Xi’an 

There are 35 Chinese schools found within the top 500 mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering universities in the world. Eight of these are ranked within the world top 100, with Tsinghua University once again claiming the top spot, ranking in 14th position worldwide. 

Zhejiang University made a big leap in the index this year, rising from 51-100 to 35th position and entering the global top five in Mainland China. 

See the full mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering rankings here

Top Universities for Mineral and Mining Engineering 

Top Three Universities for Mineral and Mining Engineering in China 

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 

China Ranking 

World Ranking 

Institution 

Location 

19   

China University of Mining and Technology 

Beijing 

 

32   

Wuhan University 

Wuhan 

33 

Nanjing University 

Nanjing 

5= 

51-60 

Huazhong University of Science and Technology 

Wuhan 

5= 

51-60 

Xi’an Jiaotong University 

Xi’an 

Of the 60 top mineral and mining engineering universities worldwide, only five are in Mainland China. China University of Mining and Technology is the best of these, overtaking Wuhan University and bagging 19th place after rising an impressive 14 positions in the index this year. 

Mainland China has two new entries this year: Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Xi’an Jiaotong University, both ranking 51-60.  

See the full mineral and mining engineering rankings here. 

This article was originally published in April 2021 .

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As Content Editor for TopUniversities.com and TopMBA.com, Chloe creates and publishes a wide range of articles for universities and business schools across the world. Chloe has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading and grew up in Leicestershire, UK. 

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