Top 10 Best Universities in the World

As a student I know most of the students would prefer to go to the best educational institute to achieve their goals. So I’ve compiled a list of top 10 best universities in the world. By making this list I was surprised that all the ten best universities I have listed are situated in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Have a look at the Top 10 Best Universities in the World. If you think a name of a university is missing feel free to write it’s name in the comments.

 

 

10. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

United States of America

Caltech is a small four-year, highly residential research university with a slight majority in graduate programs. The Institute has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1949. Caltech is on the quarter system: the fall term starts in late September and ends before Christmas, the second term starts after New Years Day and ends in mid-March, and the third term starts in late March or early April and ends in early June.

In 2012, the Center for World University Rankings ranked Caltech fifth in the world and fourth nationally in its CWUR World University Rankings.

Caltech was ranked 1st internationally in 2011 and 2012 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Caltech was ranked as the best university in the world in two categories: Engineering & Technology and Physical Sciences. It was also found to have the highest faculty citation rate in the world

 

 

9. Princeton University

United States of America

From 2001 to 2012, Princeton University was ranked either first or second among national universities by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), holding the No. 1 spot for 10 of those 12 years. After being at second place in 2008-9, Princeton returned to the number one spot in 2010, tying with Harvard University. It has been ranked sixth among world universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, In the 2012 Times Higher Education World University Rankings Princeton was ranked 6th in the world. In the 2012 QS World University Rankings it was ranked 9th overall in the world, making it 5th among US universities. Its three highest subject rankings were: 7th in Arts & Humanities, 8th in Natural Sciences, and 12th in Social Sciences. In THE’s 2012-2013 World University Ranking of Universities, Princeton placed 2nd above MIT and behind Caltech in Engineering and Technology.

In the “America’s Best Colleges” rankings by Forbes in 2012, Princeton University was ranked first among all national colleges and universities. The Forbes ranking also takes into consideration national awards won by students and faculty, as well as number of alumni in the 2008 “Who’s Who in America” register.

 

 

8. University of Chicago

United States of America

One of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, the University of Chicago has driven new ways of thinking since our 1890 founding. Today, University of  Chicago is an intellectual destination that draws inspired scholars to their Hyde Park and international campuses, keeping University of Chicago at the nexus of ideas that challenge and change the world.

The academic bodies of the University of Chicago consist of the College, four divisions of graduate research, six professional schools, and the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies (a continuing education school). The University also contains a library system, the University of Chicago Press, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, and the University of Chicago Medical Center, and holds ties with a number of independent academic institutions, including Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

 

 

7. Yale University

United States of America

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research 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.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked Yale third among national universities in 2012, as it has for each of the past fifteen years, in every case behind, in either order or tied, Princeton and Harvard. It was ranked fourth in the 2011 QS World University Rankings and tenth in the 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. (In 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings parted ways to produce separate rankings.) Yale had featured in the top five for each of the past four years. The same ranking also named Yale as the fifth best university in the world for arts and humanities.

 

 

6. Imperial Collage London

United Kingdom

Imperial College is consistently ranked one of the top universities in the world. Most rankings place it in the top 10 globally. In the 2010Academic Ranking of World Universities, Imperial is ranked 24th overall in the world (and 5th in Europe). In the subject tables it is ranked 23rd in the world (and 5th in Europe) for clinical medicine and pharmacy, 30th in the world (and 3rd in Europe) for engineering/technology and computer sciences, 24th in the world (and 5th in Europe) for natural sciences and mathematics and 14th in the world (and 2nd in Europe) for physics. In the 2010 QS World University Rankings, Imperial is ranked 7th overall in the world (and 4th in Europe). In the subject tables it is ranked 6th in the world (and 2nd in Europe) for engineering and technology, 11th in the world (and 3rd in Europe) for life sciences and medicine and 11th in the world (and 4th in Europe) for natural sciences.

In the 2011 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Imperial is ranked 8th overall in the world (and 3rd in Europe). In the subject tables it is ranked 3rd in the world (and 2nd in Europe) for clinical, pre-clinical and health, 9th in the world (and 4th in Europe) for engineering and technology, 9th in the world (and 3rd in Europe) for life sciences and 13th in the world (and 4th in Europe) for physical sciences.

 

 

5. University of Oxford

United Kingdom

In the subject tables of the Times Good University Guide 2008, Oxford is ranked as the top university in the UK with Cambridge as the second. Oxford is ranked first in Politics, Physiological Sciences, English, Fine Art, Business Studies, Middle Eastern and African Studies, Music, Philosophy, and also Education and Linguistics which it shares first with Cambridge. Oxford comes second after Cambridge in a further seventeen subjects. The University then takes three third-places and an equal-third, as well as a fourth, fifth, and equal-sixth place in one subject each.

In The Guardian‘s subject tables for institutions in tariff-band 6 (universities whose prospective students are expected to score 400 or more tariff points) Oxford took first place for Anatomy and Physiology, Anthropology, Biosciences, Medicine, Business and Management Studies, Earth and Marine Sciences, Economics, English, Law, Materials and Mineral Engineering, Modern Languages, Music, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology. Oxford came second to Cambridge in Geography, Archaeology, Classics, History, History of Art, Mathematics, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies. Oxford came second in General Engineering, and third in Fine Art, General Engineering and Physics; fourth place in Chemistry; second place in Computer Science and IT.

 

 

4. UCL (University Collage London)

United Kingdom

UCL is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities. In the 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities, UCL is ranked 21st in the world (and 3rd in Europe). In the subject tables it is ranked 15th in the world (and 3rd in Europe) for Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy, joint 101st-150th in the world (and joint 21st in Europe) for Engineering, Technology and Computer Sciences, 24th in the world (and 4th in Europe) for Life & Agricultural Sciences, joint 51st to 75th in the world (and joint 11th in Europe) for Natural Sciences and Mathematics and joint 48th in the world (and 5th in Europe) for Social Sciences.

In the 2012 QS World University Rankings, UCL is ranked 4th in the world (and 2nd in Europe). In the subject tables it is ranked 16th in the world (and 3rd in Europe) for Arts and Humanities, 44th in the world (and 12th in Europe) for Engineering & Technology, 15th in the world (and 4th in Europe) for Life Sciences and Medicine, 33rd in the world (and 10th in Europe) for Natural Sciences and 23rd in the world (and 4th in Europe) for Social Sciences & Management.

In the 2012-13 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, UCL is ranked 17th in the world (and 5th in Europe).

 

 

3. Harvard University

United States of America

Internationally, Harvard ranks third, behind MIT and University of Cambridge, in both the QS World University Rankings and the annual World’s Best Universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2012.

This university is ranked 4th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

However, when the QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings were published in partnership as the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings, Harvard was ranked first between 2004 and 2009.

Harvard is ranked first by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), a position it has held since the first ARWU rankings were released in 2003.

 

 

2. University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Fact: Sir Isaac Newton was a student of the University of Cambridge

In the last two British Government Research Assessment Exercise in 2001 and 2008 respectively, Cambridge was ranked first in the country. In 2005, it was reported that Cambridge produces more PhDs per year than any other British university (over 30% more than second placed Oxford). In 2006, a Thomson Scientific study showed that Cambridge has the highest research paper output of any British university, and is also the top research producer (as assessed by total paper citation count) in 10 out of 21 major British research fields analysed. Another study published the same year by Evidence showed that Cambridge won a larger proportion (6.6%) of total British research grants and contracts than any other university (coming first in three out of four broad discipline fields).

The university is also closely linked with the development of the high-tech business cluster in and around Cambridge, which forms the area known as Silicon Fen or sometimes the “Cambridge Phenomenon”. In 2004, it was reported that Silicon Fen was the second largest venture capital market in the world, after Silicon Valley. Estimates reported in February 2006 suggest that there were about 250 active startup companies directly linked with the university, worth around US$6 billion.

 

 

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

United States of America

MIT is the best university in the world. It was ranked second in the World Reputation Rankings, a new ranking from United Kingdom Times Higher Education that is based exclusively on worldwide universities’ standing among academics across the world.

The top 100 reputation list is a subsidiary of the prestigious annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which is published each fall (MIT placed third on that list last year). The new ranking looks at institutional reputations for world-class performance in teaching and research.

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