Project 985

Project 985 is a project to promote the Chinese higher education system by founding world-class universities in the 21st century under the call of the former president Jiang Zemin.

Initiated on May 4, 1998, Project 985 (code-named after the date Year 98 Month 5) is aimed at supporting, in cooperation with local government, a number of top universities to become outstanding world-wide.

A large part of the funding in this project goes to academic exchange, allowing Chinese academics to participate in conferences abroad, and bringing foreign lecturers to China. In the initial phase, 9 universities were included in the project. The second phase, launched in 2004, expanded the program until it has now reached almost 40 universities.

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The first nine universities were selected and allocated funding for the first period of three years, forming the C9 League in October 2009.

First Nine Universities (The C9 League)
1. Fudan University
2. Harbin Institute of Technology
3. Nanjing University
4. Peking University
5. Shanghai Jiao Tong University
6. Tsinghua University
7. University of Science and Technology of China
8. Xi'an Jiao Tong University
9. Zhejiang University

In addition to the first nine, the following universities fall under the 985 category:

Project 985 universites
Beihang University
Beijing Institute of Technology
Beijing Normal University
Central South University
Central University for Nationalities
China Agricultural University
Chongqing University
Dalian University of Technology
East China Normal University
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Hunan University
Jilin University
Lanzhou University
Nankai University
National University of Defense Technology
Northeastern University
Northwest A&F University
Northwestern Polytechnical University
Ocean University of China
Renmin University of China
Shandong University
Sichuan University
South China University of Technology
Southeast University
Sun Yat-sen University
Tianjin University
Tongji University
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
Wuhan University
Xiamen University

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