Top 10 Universities of The World



Times Higher Education (THE), a London magazine that tracks the higher education market, has released its seventh annual World University Rankings. THE measures schools according to 13 metrics, and it says its goal is to measure the three main missions of a university: teaching, research and knowledge transfer (for complete details on the methodology, click here). Here are the schools it found to be the best of all in the world.

  • No. 1 Harvard University

  • Harvard University is a private Ivy League university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first corporation (officially The President and Fellows of Harvard College) chartered in the country.

  • No. 2 California Institute of Technology

  • The California Institute of Technology (commonly referred to as Caltech) is a private research university located in Pasadena, California, United States. Caltech has six academic divisions with a strong emphasis on sciences and engineering. Its 124 acre (50 ha) primary campus is located approximately 11 mi (18 km) northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

  • No. 3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological research. MIT is one of two private land-grant universities and is also a sea-grant and space-grant university

  • No. 4 Stanford University

  • The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is a private research university located in Stanford, California, United States. The university is located on an 8,180-acre (3,310 ha) campus in northwestern Santa Clara Valley approximately 37 miles (60 km) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of San Jose.

  • No. 5 Princeton University

  • Princeton University is a private research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. The school is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, and is one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution.

  • No. 6 (tie) University of Cambridge

  • The University of Cambridge (informally Cambridge University, or simply Cambridge) is the second oldest university in England and the seventh oldest in the world. In post-nominals the university’s name is abbreviated as Cantab, a shortened form of Cantabrigiensis (an adjective derived from Cantabrigia, the Latinised form of Cambridge).

  • No. 6 (tie) University of Oxford

  • The University of Oxford (informally Oxford University, or simply Oxford), a university located in the English city of Oxford, is the third oldest surviving university and the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Although the exact date of foundation remains unclear, there is evidence of teaching there as far back as the 11th century.

  • No. 8 University of California, Berkeley

  • The University of California, Berkeley (also referred to as Cal, California, Berkeley, Cal-Berkeley, and UC Berkeley), is a public research university located in Berkeley, California, United States. The oldest of the ten major campuses affiliated with the University of California, the University was founded in 1868 in a merger of the private College of California and the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College. The university occupies 6,651 acres (2,692 ha) with the central campus resting on approximately 200 acres (80.9 ha)[3] in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • No. 9 Imperial College London

  • Imperial College London (officially The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine as titled in its Royal Charter) is a British university in London specialising in science, engineering, medicine and business.

  • No. 10 Yale University

  • Yale University is a private Ivy League university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.


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