Chinese Study Concludes Harvard & UC Berkeley Best Colleges in the World

You know how your Chinese parents were like, “Carnegie Mellon? What is Mellon? GO TO UC DAVIS. CHEAPER AND MORE FAMOUS.” (What? Just my parents? Alright, then.)

Well, don’t expect that mindset to go away any time soon: according to a list compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Harvard and UC Berkeley were ranked as the two best colleges in the world. The factor used to determine “the best” in this Chinese study? The number of staff or alumni to receive Nobel Prizes or Fields Medals, among other factors. “Our view is – since we have really outstanding humanities here – that if there was a way of including humanities into the ranking, that our relative ranking might even have risen,” said the UC Berkeley chancellor. To which the Chinese respond: “HUMANITIES? HA HA HA THE CHINESE LAUGH AT YOUR HUMANITIES. DO YOU KNOW WHAT WE CALL THAT SHIT? ELECTIVES.”

(Flickr photo credit: Charlie Nguyen)

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