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Project 985 (Chinese: 985工程pinyin: 985 gōngchéng) is a boosting project to promote the Chinese higher education system under the call of the President Jiang Zemin (江泽民,August 17,1926) at the 100th anniversary of Peking University (1898) on May 4, 1998 (and hence code-named after the date Year 98 Month 5). The objective is to develop, in cooperation with local government, several top universities to be world-leading.

On May 4, 1998, President Jiang Zemin stated that "China must have a number of top-class universities at international level", so Project 985 was initiated. In the First phase, nine universities (C9 League) were selected and allocated elite funding for the first period of 3 years:

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First Nine University (The C9 League)

University, Funding (in CNY billion), Source, Location

  1. Fudan University , 0.6+0.6, Ministry of Education+Shanghai, Shanghai;
  2. Harbin Institute of Technology, 0.3+0.3+0.4, Ministry of Education+Commission for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense+Heilongjiang, Harbin;
  3. Nanjing University, 0.6+0.6, Ministry of Education+Jiangsu, Nanjing;
  4. Peking University, 1.8, Ministry of Education, Beijing;
  5. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 0.6+0.6, Ministry of Education+Shanghai,Shanghai;
  6. Tsinghua University, 1.8, Ministry of Education, Beijing;
  7. University of Science and Technology of China, 0.3+0.3+0.3, Ministry of Education+Chinese Academy of Science+Anhui, Hefei;
  8. Xi'an Jiao Tong University, 0.6+0.3, Ministry of Education+Shanxi, Xi'an;
  9. Zhejiang University, 0.7+0.7, Ministry of Education+Zhejiang, Hangzhou;

The list was extended further to include more in the years following the inauguration. The universities selected represent almost all the leading universities in China.

Universities list (in addition to the first nine universities)

  1. Beihang University
  2. Beijing Institute of Technology
  3. Beijing Normal University
  4. Central South University
  5. Central University for Nationalities
  6. China Agricultural University
  7. Chongqing University
  8. Dalian University of Technology
  9. East China Normal University
  10. Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  11. Hunan University
  12. Jilin University
  13. Lanzhou University
  14. Nankai University
  15. National University of Defense Technology
  16. Northeastern University
  17. Northwest A&F University
  18. Northwestern Polytechnical University
  19. Ocean University of China
  20. Renmin University of China
  21. Shandong University
  22. Sichuan University
  23. South China University of Technology
  24. Southeast University
  25. Sun Yat-sen University
  26. Tianjin University
  27. Tongji University
  28. University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  29. Wuhan University
  30. Xiamen University

See also

References

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