Data Brief

A Competitive Era for China’s Universities

How Increased Funding Is Paving the Way

Ryan Fedasiuk

Alan Omar Loera Martinez

Anna Puglisi

March 2022

This brief illuminates the scale of Chinese government funding for higher education, science, and technology by exploring budget and expense reports for key government organizations and 34 of China’s most elite “Double First Class” universities. Chinese political leaders view elite universities as key components of the country’s military modernization, economic growth, and soft power; a situation that presents security risks for international partners.

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