QS Staff Writer

Updated July 12, 2021 Updated July 12

QS Best Student Cities ranking: 32nd

Home to two of the world’s top 25 universities, and several others in the top 500, China’s capital is a good showcase for the country’s growing higher education strengths.

In the QS World University Rankings® 2020, China’s two highest entries are Tsinghua University (16th) and Peking University (joint 25th) – both based in Beijing. Also within the world’s top 600 are the city's Beijing Normal University, University of Science and Technology BeijingBeihang University,  and Renmin (People’s) University of China.

Beijing still has a little way to go before its universities catch up with Singapore’s NUS or NTU (both ranked joint 11th in the world), but its leading institution does beat Hong Kong’s highest-ranked university, the University of Hong Kong (joint 25th), consolidating its place among Asia’s hottest study-abroad destinations. With notably strong ratings from domestic and international employers, Beijing’s universities are also producing graduates highly valued in the workplace - proven by the city’s score of fourth worldwide in the employer activity indicator.

Beijing is certainly not a destination for those looking for a ‘small-town’ feel. But if you like the idea of studying in a city with strong international career opportunities, while keeping a finger to the pulse of one of the world’s fastest-developing countries, then this dynamic metropolis at the center of the world’s most populous nation could be for you.

The city receives its highest scores in the rankings and employer activity indicators of the QS Best Student Cities ranking, reflecting its strength as a recruitment ground for graduate employers. Beijing also received praise in our student survey, with one respondent commenting: “This city is research-oriented and everywhere you will see science and ideas.” Another said, “I can meet different people coming near and afar. They have the best quality education faculty and facilities here.”

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Internationally ranked universities in Beijing

Tsinghua UniversityPeking UniversityBeijing Normal UniversityBeihang UniversityBeijing Institute of TechnologyRenmin (People’s) University of ChinaUniversity of Science and Technology Beijing; Beijing Jiaotong University; Beijing University of Technology; Beijing Foreign Studies University; China Agricultural University

 More about Beijing

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

Tsinghua University (25th)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student View rank



To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

This article was originally published in November 2015 . It was last updated in January 2020

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