Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2015 was released by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CWCU) on August 15. In all, 32 Chinese mainland universities are listed in the top 500, including the Guangzhou-based Sun Yat-sen University (top 200) and South China University of Technology (top 400). Among the 32, seven are among the top 200.
Since 2003 ARWU has presented the world's top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and third-party data. Some recognize it as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one.
The Center for World-Class Universities also released the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Broad Subject Fields (ARWU-FIELD) and 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject Fields (ARWU-SUBJECT). For ARWU-SUBJECT, the medical school of Sun Yat-sen University made the list of the top 200 in the world.