It is the first time in seven years that Chinese universities have topped the Asian rankings, beating out both Singapore and Japan which have both held onto the title since 2011.
This is also the first year that Tsinghua has outranked Peking University the global table, although it has always been the more prominent university out of the two.
Since the previous global table, Tsinghua has improved its citation impact, increased its institutional income and grown its international outlook, with greater shares of international staff, students and co-authored publications.
“Tsinghua’s rise was driven largely by improvements to its teaching environment, in particular increases in institutional income and the share of PhD degrees awarded,” said Times Higher Education.
At the very top of the table maintaining their stronghold over the coveted spots were British universities Oxford and Cambridge.
Discussing the rapid rise of Tsinghua through the ranks, Simon Marginson, a professor at the University of Oxford, said: “It’s easily the number one university in the world for high citation research in mathematics and computing — a combined field in which China has now moved well ahead of the US and, further back, Europe.
“It is near the top of the world, and rising fast, in physical sciences and engineering.”
In total, 72 Chinese universities have reached the 2019 ranking which is up by nine from last years figure of 63.
Chinese universities are rising rapidly through the ranks of university recommendations.
Just last week, six Chinese universities made the top 50 list for graduate employability.
Tsinghua University made the cut again in the top 10 list.
“The fact that 34 Chinese universities are included in the Global 500 in graduate employability demonstrates its achievements in pedagogical innovation and collaborations with global employers. This would lay a solid foundation for China to attract more global talents to study in China,” said QS China Director, Dr Christina Yan Zhang.