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Project 985 (Chinese: 985工程 Pinyin: 985 gōng chéng) is a boosting project to promote the Chinese higher education system under the call of the President Jiang Zemin (江泽民,August 17,1926) at the 100th anniversary of Peking University (1898) on May 4, 1998(also named from time 98 5(May)). The objective is to support, in cooperation with local government, several top universities to be outstanding world-widely.

On May 4 1998, the President Jiang Zemin stated that "China must have a number of top-class universities at international level", so Project 985 was initiated. In the First phase, nine universities (C9 League) were selected and allocated funding for the first period of 3 years:

First Nine University (C9 League)

University, Funding(billion/CNY), Source, Location
  1. Fudan University , 0.6+0.6, Ministry of Education+Shanghai, Shanghai;
  2. Harbin Institute of Technologymarker, 0.3+0.3+0.4, Ministry of Education+Commission for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense+Heilongjiang, Harbin;
  3. Nanjing Universitymarker, 0.6+0.6, Ministry of Education+Jiangsu, Nanjing;
  4. Peking Universitymarker, 1.8, Ministry of Education, Beijing;
  5. Shanghai Jiao Tong Universitymarker, 0.6+0.6, Ministry of Education+Shanghai,Shanghai;
  6. Tsinghua Universitymarker, 1.8, Ministry of Education, Beijing;
  7. University of Science and Technology of China, 0.3+0.3+0.3, Ministry of Education+Chinese Academy of Science+Anhui, Hefei;
  8. Xi'an Jiao Tong University, 0.6+0.3, Ministry of Education+Shanxi, Xi'an;
  9. Zhejiang Universitymarker, 0.7+0.7, Ministry of Education+Zhejiang, Hangzhou;

The list was extended further to include more in the following years after inauguration, the universities selected represent almost all the leading universities in China, especially the first nine.

Universities list (not inclusive of the first nine universities)

  1. Beihang University
  2. Beijing Institute of Technologymarker
  3. Beijing Normal Universitymarker
  4. Central South Universitymarker
  5. Central University for Nationalitiesmarker
  6. China Agricultural Universitymarker
  7. Chongqing University
  8. Dalian University of Technology
  9. East China Normal Universitymarker
  10. Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  11. Hunan University
  12. Jilin University
  13. Lanzhou University
  14. Nankai Universitymarker
  15. National University of Defense Technology
  16. Northeastern University
  17. Northwest A&F University
  18. Northwestern Polytechnical University
  19. Ocean University of China
  20. Renmin University of China
  21. Shandong University
  22. Sichuan Universitymarker
  23. South China University of Technology
  24. Southeast University
  25. Sun Yat-sen University
  26. Tianjin University
  27. Tongji University
  28. University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  29. Wuhan Universitymarker
  30. Xiamen Universitymarker

"China University of Mining and Technology" is not in project 985, see ""

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