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Set up in 1876, Johns Hopkins is a private-owned research university located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is famous for its achievements in medicine, public health, scientific research, international relationship and art. It is so famous that it is often misunderstood to be a member of the Ivy League. In this focus on Johns Hopkins University, we will go over what makes this university one of the best in the United States and also how it can help you grow your career in China.

What makes Johns Hopkins so Great?

Among the alumni of Johns Hopkins, there are 37 Nobel Prize winners. In 2010, Johns Hopkins received over 1.5 billion dollars for research for NSF(National Science Foundation), NIH(National Institute of Health), NASA(National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and USDOD(United States Department of Defense) in total, which made it the university that has the most research funds for the 30th year. In 2020, Johns Hopkins University had over 29,000 students around the globe. Up to 2008, there were 130 academicians from the US National Academy of Science, Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and School of Art and Sciences who work at Johns Hopkins. Up to 2005, there were  8 researchers in Johns Hopkins that have received the National Medal of Science Award.

Johns Hopkins is also one of the 14 starters of AAU, the league of top research universities of North America. Besides Baltimore, it has full time teaching and researching institutes in other parts of Maryland, Washington D.C., Italy Singapore and China.

In the USNews national university rankings in 2022, Johns Hopkins ranked 7th. And in ARWU rankings made by Shanghai Jiaotong University(上海交通大学), it ranked the 17th. In the Best American University ranking by U.S. News and World Report in 2021, it ranked the 7th, one of America’s best universities.

Medicine and public health are the strong fields of Johns Hopkins. Its med school enjoys the same high reputation as the med school of Harvard, and Bloomberg School of Public Health has remained top of America for many years. Of course, its other majors are also performing well. Its graduate majors of biology, biomedicine, biomedicine engineering, electronic engineering, computer science, environmental science, human development, family study, health science, humanities, physics, mathematics and sciences and international affairs are all among the top ones of US.

The students of Johns Hopkins are encouraged to do independent research. Different from other universities, it requires students to choose a thesis in their junior year, and get involved in research. Students of literature, business, science and engineering are all strongly encouraged to take part in research projects to know about the newest advancements in their fields. About 80% of its undergraduates have taken part in at least one independent research project.

To ensure its students have the opportunities to take part in research, Johns Hopkins takes two powerful measures. One is to limit the scale of class into no more than 50 peoples to give students enough chances to discuss with professors. Also, it uses its alumni resources to get its students internships, which further develop the students’ abilities.

Johns Hopkins has many famous alumni. Thomas Woodrow Wilson, Michael Bloomberg, and John B.Watson are the typical representatives. Chinese alumni include: Chen Nengkuan(陈能宽), the scientist who made great contribution to China’s development of atomic bomb, hydrogen bomb and artificial satellite, Wang Guangya(王光亚), chief of Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, Cui Tiankai(崔天凯), vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Wang Wei(王微), CEO of Tudou(土豆网), etc..

How can Johns Hopkins help you start a career in China?

Fudan University(复旦大学), Soochow University(苏州大学), and Nanjing University(南京大学), including an international library center in Nanjing, all have cooperation with Johns Hopkins. These programs give the excellent students in China to get to know the top university of the world.

On top of those partnerships, Johns Hopkins is offering multiple Chinese language programs and various international business programs to give you the tools to start your career in China. At Daxue, we can help you further with our internship program that will help you develop a better understanding of the Chinese market. With us, you will work on market research reports and in-depth articles in the fields that interest you the most and learn more about China’s business environment. 

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Edited by Amy Wang from Daxue Consulting China

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