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Chinese mainland claims 7 of world's top 100 universities in latest THE ranking******
LONDON, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Times Higher Education (THE) on Wednesday revealed its World Reputation Rankings 2021, in which seven of the world's 100 most prestigious universities are from the Chinese mainland.
Of the seven, Tsinghua University and Peking University are ranked 10th and 15th respectively while the other five are Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Zhejiang University, Fudan University, University of Science and Technology of China and Nanjing University.
The annual list, compiled from a globally representative survey of more than 10,000 senior academics, highlights the world's top 200 most prestigious universities.
All of the Chinese mainland's universities that appeared in last year's ranking either climb the table or hold onto their positions for a second year, while five new universities appear in the ranking, giving the Chinese mainland a record 17 representatives in the table.
"(The) Chinese mainland's breakthrough into the top 10 and its results across the table show that its excellence in higher education is increasingly coming to the notice of the wider world," said Phil Baty, THE's chief knowledge officer at Times Higher Education.
"That fact means we could see a shift in the balance of power in global higher education over the coming years as (the) Chinese mainland becomes a more attractive proposition for academics and students to work and study," he noted. "This could not only cause issues for the likes of the U.S. and (the) UK in terms of attracting talent(s), but also funding and prestige on the world stage," he said.
The ranking, comprising 202 universities from 29 countries and regions, sees Harvard University in the United States retain its position at the very top of the table, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology retaining the second place and Britain's University of Oxford climbing two places to the third.
THE is a magazine reporting specifically on news and issues related to higher education. Enditem
Chinese footballers have to learn to deal with media, says former Chinese international******
BEIJING, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese football players have to come to terms with criticism from the media with a strong mentality, said former Chinese international Li Yi.。
Chinese players, especially the national team ones, tend to become the laughing stock of the fans when things go wrong with them, said the head coach of China's second-tier side Sichuan Jiuniu.。
"Above all, you need to be mentally strong to face the criticism. Otherwise, you probably cannot get over it," said Li.。
"When I was young, I could not figure out why others could get away with a mistake on the field while that could leave me having to face a flood of stick," he said.。
"But you have to get to grips with it, which in turn could help you develop a strong mentality," he added.。
Li made those comments when the Chinese national team is under fire after they won one and lost three of their first four games in the third round of Asian World Cup qualifiers.。
"The fact that you are being criticized means you are still being valued," Li noted. Enditem。
Elite couple shine at China's National Games for Persons with Disabilities******
By Sportswriters Yao Youming, Wang Ze and Zhao Yingbo
XI'AN, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Zhou Feifei and his wife Dong Feixia cemented their places among the all-time great Paralympic athletes when Zhou created a new world record (39.99 meters) in his F55 discus competition on Saturday for the couple's third gold at the ongoing 11th China's National Games for Persons with Disabilities.
Zhou pocketed the F55 men's javelin gold medal on Friday, and Dong won the women's F55 discus title on the same day.
"We were informed of the final schedule on Thursday, after which we didn't talk about the competitions too much," Zhou told Xinhua.
"We prepared for the season for two years and we knew we were both in good shape," Zhou added.
On Thursday, Dong saw Zhou compete in her neighboring court, but when Dong started her campaign at the Games, Zhou was talking and sharing his experiences with one of his competitors.
"We are rivals, but he is my old friend. We haven't met each for a long time, that's why I didn't see Feixia's game. What's more, I have confidence in Feixia," Zhou said.
Dong, a Paralympic gold medalist, took up her sport in 2004.
She trained almost every day in these years and was crowned in every major events. The 32-year-old regards "surpassing myself" as her sporting philosophy. Her idol is Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming.
When she met Zhou in the year 2013, she decided to encourage the young man who lost the ability to walk in an accident.
After accepting several months' training, Zhou won his first national title in 2013 and fell in love with Dong.
When Dong suffered some setbacks in her career around the year 2013, Zhou comforted his wife. "My husband is my strongest support," said Dong.
After finishing her competition on Thursday, Dong whispered to Zhou that he should create a new F55 javelin world record.
"I promised her to create more new records in future," Zhou said.
Before the victory ceremony of women's F55 discus, Dong burst into tears.
"I had two major events in the year 2021: the Tokyo Paralympics and the National Games on my home soil. I am very happy because my results are satisfying. I wanted to thank my coach, family and everyone who supported me," Dong said.
"I hope that the F55 discus will become an official event in the Paris Paralympic Games, and then I will be able to participate in it," Zhou said.
Besides decorating the trophy room of their home with countless medals, the couple have a more important mission. They want to inspire their fans and followers through their good performances on the court.
"I hope that young people can realize their self-worth through sports, so that they can live with more confidence," Zhou told Xinhua. Enditem