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“2020 International Cultural Metropolis Evaluation Report” Released at SJTU

January 07, 2021      Author:

On January 7, Chinese and American academic teams jointly released the "2020 International Cultural Metropolis Evaluation Report" at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Shanghai was ranked the eighth, one place higher than last year.

The report was the result of joint research by the team led by Prof. Xu Jian, Deputy Dean of the China Institute of Urban Governance, SJTU, and the team led by Prof. G. Thomas Goodnight at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California. They conducted a second-round evaluation on 50 international cities based on various metrics and indicators of international cultural metropolises. The top 10 cities in the list were New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, San Francisco, Beijing, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Seoul, and Berlin.

Shanghai has risen from the ninth place in 2019 to the eighth place and it was ranked top 10 in terms of 5 out of 10 first-level indicators. Shanghai was ranked the third in cultural tourism; fourth in public cultural participation; eighth in cultural education, with balanced overall strength; seventh in the Internet development, highlighting its advantages in network development; and tenth in public cultural supply, catching up with great potential.

The teams suggest that Shanghai should make its culture more competitive from three dimensions, namely urban cultural identification, core cultural industries, and super cultural landmarks so as to set an example for establishing global core identification system for international cultural metropolis.


                                               Translated by Fu Jing

Proofread by Xiao Yangning, Fu Yuhe