SAIF’s Three First-Level Disciplines Awarded A+


On May 11, 2022, Times Higher Education (THE) released the third edition of its China Subject Ratings. SJTU performed well in this year's ratings, with a total of 41 disciplines being awarded an A+ ranking. Three disciplines co-constructed by SAIF (Industry & Business Administration, Management Science and Engineering, and Applied Economics) regained A+ designation.

Based on the discipline classification system by Chinese Ministry of Education, the THE China Subject Ratings provide universities in mainland China with opportunities to compare and demonstrate academic strengths with universities worldwide. This year’s ratings include 1,543 universities worldwide, 91 of which are in mainland China. Using the subject classification system by the Chinese Ministry of Education, they measure performance in 82 subjects on a scale of A+ to C-.

The results show that in the vast majority of disciplines, mainland Chinese universities outperformed universities overseas. Overall, mainland China scores an average grade of B+ in the ratings, above the global average of B.

The data for the 2022 THE China Subject Ratings come from the 2022 THE World University Rankings, the THE China Reputation Survey for 2021 and 2022, the THE Academic Reputation Survey for 2020 and 2021, and Elsevier bibliometrics.

The Times Higher Education China Subject Ratings are the only performance tables that judge Chinese institutions against their global peers based upon the Chinese Ministry of Education's classification of subjects. The ratings measure research-intensive universities' subject performance across five key areas: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income, and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff, students, and research); and industry income (knowledge transfer).