Introduction of 211 Project
“211 Project“ was initiated in 1995 by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, it is a project aimed at enhancing research standards of high-level universities and cultivating strategies for socio-economic development.
So far， China has more than 118 institutions of higher education that were designated as 211 Project institutions, and from 1996 to 2000, approximately US$2.2 billion was invested in this project.
Among those universities, 6 percent for them have met certain scientific, technical, and human resources standards and offer advanced degree programs.
Nowadays, four-fifths of doctoral students and one-third of undergraduates are trained by project 211 universities in China. What’s more, they offer 85% of the state's key subjects, hold 96 percent of the state's key laboratories, and utilize 70% of scientific research funding in China.