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Top Ten Universities in the World

University of ​Oxford​
University of ​Oxford​

About University of Oxford The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second oldest surviving university. While its exact founding date is unknown, there is evidence that teaching took place as far back as 1096.

Massachusetts ​Institute of Technology​
Massachusetts ​Institute of Technology​

Find the latest world ranking position for Massachusetts Institute of Technology and key information for prospective students here today.

Stanford ​University​
Stanford ​University​

Covering 8,180 acres, Stanford has one of the largest university campuses in the US, with 18 interdisciplinary research institutes and seven schools: the Graduate School of Business; School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; Graduate School of Education; School of Engineering; School of Humanities and Sciences; Law School; and School of Medicine.

Harvard ​University​
Harvard ​University​

Harvard University is America's oldest institution of higher education and the third best university in the world according to the latest QS World University Rankings and ranks first among two QS Subject Areas:

University of ​Cambridge​
University of ​Cambridge​

About University of Cambridge Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge is a collegiate public research institution. Its 800-year history makes it the fourth-oldest surviving university in the world and the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world.

California ​Institute of Technology​
California ​Institute of Technology​

About California Institute of Technology The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform the future.

Imperial ​College London​
Imperial ​College London​

Ranked 8th in the world in the QS World University Rankings® 2018, Imperial College London is a one-of-a-kind institution in the UK, focusing solely on science, engineering, medicine and business.

ETH Zurich​
ETH Zurich​

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) is the tenth-best university in the world, according to the latest version of the QS World University Rankings®. It continues ETH Zurich’s proud record of being the best university in Switzerland and continues a three-year run in the top ten.

University of ​California, Berkeley​
University of ​California, Berkeley​

The University of California, Berkeley, a public research university, is regarded as one of the most prestigious state universities in the US. Part of the University of California System, it was founded in 1868.

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Princeton ​University​
Princeton ​University​

Princeton is one of the oldest universities in the US and is regarded as one of the world’s most illustrious higher education institutions. Founded in 1746 as the College of New Jersey, it was officially renamed Princeton University in 1896 in honour of the area where it is based, opening its famous graduate school in 1900.

National ​University of Singapore​
National ​University of Singapore​

National University of Singapore (NUS) A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university, which offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise.

Tsinghua ​University​
Tsinghua ​University​

Established in 1911, Tsinghua University is a unique comprehensive university bridging China and the world, connecting ancient and modern, and encompassing the arts and sciences. As one of China's most prestigious and influential universities, Tsinghua is committed to cultivating global citizens who will thrive in today's world and become tomorrow's leaders.

University of ​Chicago​
University of ​Chicago​

The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

Columbia ​University​
Columbia ​University​

About Columbia University Founded in 1754 as King’s College by Royal Charter of King George II of England, Columbia is the oldest university in the state of New York and one of the oldest in the US.

Yale ​University​
Yale ​University​

Yale University is a private Ivy League research university which is the third-oldest higher education institution in the US. Yale traces its history back to 1701, when it was founded as the Collegiate School in Saybrook, Connecticut, which moved to New Haven 15 years later.

UCL ​Advances​
UCL ​Advances​

UCL is one of the world’s top multidisciplinary universities, with an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. A world-leader in research, with outstanding results in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, UCL is home to centres of teaching excellence in subjects from medicine to languages, law to engineering, and history to astrophysics.

Cornell ​University​
Cornell ​University​

Founded in 1865, Cornell University is a private Ivy League university with a mission to “discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge”. A federal land grant university with a private endowment, Cornell has six locations across the world.

University of ​Pennsylvania​
University of ​Pennsylvania​

About University of Pennsylvania Given its status as one of the nine original Colonial Colleges – institutions established before the US became a sovereign nation after the American Revolution – and a founding member of the Association of American Universities, it is no surprise the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) claims to be the first fully fledged (multi-faculty) “university” in the USA.

University of ​California, Los Angeles​
University of ​California, Los Angeles​

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public research university in the Westwood district of Los Angeles, United States. It became the Southern Branch of the University of California in 1919, making it the second-oldest undergraduate campus of the ten-campus University of California system.

The University ​of Hong Kong​
The University ​of Hong Kong​

The University of Hong Kong attracts faculty members from around the world. The University hosts 1112 professoriate staff, in which 59.2% are from overseas. Please refer to our website for career opportunities(http://www.hr.hku.hk/) at HKU.

University of ​Tokyo​
University of ​Tokyo​

Tokyo is now Asia’s leading city in the QS Best Student Cities index, overtaking Seoul and climbing five places to rank as the world’s second top student city after London. Such is the mind-blowing scale of the Japanese capital that, even with 13 internationally ranked universities, it still has a very low proportionate student population. Tokyo, then, is a city for those who favor total immersion in local culture rather than living in a “student bubble”.

Shanghai ​Jiao Tong University​
Shanghai ​Jiao Tong University​

Founded in 1896, the Chinese university Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of the most prestigious universities in China. The main language of instruction is Mandarin, although a few undergraduate and postgraduate courses are taught in English and joint-run with English and American universities.

University of ​Michigan​
University of ​Michigan​

Michigan's body of living alumni comprises more than 540,000 people, which is one of the largest alumni bases of any university in the world and a valuable resource for current students when it comes to networking and building industry connections.

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Johns ​Hopkins University​
Johns ​Hopkins University​

Johns Hopkins University is an American private research university in Baltimore, Maryland. It was founded in 1876, and named after its first benefactor, the American entrepreneur, abolitionist, and philanthropist Johns Hopkins.

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University of ​Melbourne​
University of ​Melbourne​

Made Possible by Melbourne. The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 40 universities. Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers.

Nanyang ​Technological University​
Nanyang ​Technological University​

The Nanyang Technological University (Abbreviation: NTU) is an autonomous research university in Singapore. NTU is consistently ranked amongst the world's best universities in all of the major college and university rankings and is regarded as one of the top universities in the world.

University of ​Toronto​
University of ​Toronto​

The University of Toronto (UoT) is among the world’s most prestigious universities. Founded in 1827, it offers over 700 undergraduate degree and 200 postgraduate degree programmes to a cohort of almost 60,000 students.

University of ​Edinburgh​
University of ​Edinburgh​

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh (UoE) is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Britain and Ireland’s seven ancient universities. It is made up of three colleges: Humanities and Social Science, Science and Engineering, and Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

University of ​British Columbia​
University of ​British Columbia​

Founded in 1908, the University of British Columbia (UBC) opened its doors in 1915 to a handful of entrepreneurial faculty and students who had a vision for a provincial university. Since then, UBC has evolved into a leading research university now ranked as one of the top 20 public universities in the world with more than 62,000 students at its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

ÉCole ​Polytechnique FédéRale de Lausanne​
ÉCole ​Polytechnique FédéRale de Lausanne​

About École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), or the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, is a public research university in Lausanne, Switzerland. Unusually for a Swiss university, it is controlled by the federal government.

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Australian ​National University​
Australian ​National University​

The Australian National University (ANU) is a world-renowned research-intensive university located in Canberra, Australia’s capital city and seat of government. Established in 1946 as a nation-building institution, Australia’s only national university has a distinct mission, and a reputation that places it among the finest universities in the world.

Seoul ​National University​
Seoul ​National University​

Sixteen colleges of the university offer 83 undergraduate degree programs, while for master’s and doctoral programs there is a graduate school with 99 programs across five fields of studies. A recent study found that Seoul National University spends more on its students than any other large university in Korea.

McGill ​University​
McGill ​University​

McGill is the oldest university in Montreal and one of just three English-language universities in Quebec. It is a public research institution that takes its name from Glaswegian merchant, James McGill, whose bequest in 1813 led to the formation of McGill College.

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London ​School of Economics and Political Science​
London ​School of Economics and Political Science​

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a leading public university in the UK capital, renowned worldwide for its leadership in the social sciences. Known for its excellence in both research and teaching, the university and its graduates make a significant contribution to global policy and debate.

Duke ​University​
Duke ​University​

Founded in 1838, Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, named after the university’s great benefactor James Buchanan Duke’s deceased father, Washington Duke. Its campus spans over 8,600 acres on three campuses in Durham as well as a marine lab in Beaufort.

Peking ​University​
Peking ​University​

Peking University is a member of the C9 League, analogous to the Ivy League in the United States, and often ranked among the top higher education institutions in China.

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New York ​University​
New York ​University​

With campuses on two continents from New York to Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, the university’s affiliates officially operate in 25 countries around the world. Locally, the university’s New York campus is formed of over 20 colleges and schools placed at 5 different locations in and around New York, such as Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn.

Carnegie ​Mellon University​
Carnegie ​Mellon University​

Today, Carnegie Mellon is home to 13,650 students from 114 countries, split roughly evenly between undergraduates and postgraduates. Globally, it regularly ranks in the top 50 universities, but excels in certain disciplines: in 2018, Carnegie Mellon was ranked third in the world for computer science in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

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KU Leuven​
KU Leuven​

How does KU Leuven compare to other schools? Read the TopUniversities profile to get information on rankings, tuition fees and more.

University of ​Sydney​
University of ​Sydney​

The University of Sydney is one of the world’s leading, comprehensive research and teaching universities – we sit in the top one percent of universities worldwide. Our community – which stretches across the globe – includes more than 60,000 students, 3000 academic staff, and 300,000 alumni.

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National ​Taiwan University​
National ​Taiwan University​

Widely considered as Taiwan’s most prestigious university, the National Taiwan University is now a research university highly respected across the world. Its history stretches back to 1928 when the institution was founded as the Taihoku Imperial University by the Japanese colonial administration.

University of ​Washington​
University of ​Washington​

The University of Washington is one of the largest and most prestigious higher education institutions on the west coast of the US. Founded in 1861 as the Territorial University of Washington, the institution expanded with the city of Seattle during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, moving to its current site in 1895.

Northwestern ​University​
Northwestern ​University​

Morton Schapiro has served as president of Northwestern University since 2009. Ranked 11th among national universities by U.S. News and World Report, Northwestern is recognized nationally and internationally for its educational programs.

Hong Kong ​University of Science and Technology​
Hong Kong ​University of Science and Technology​

Founded on its mission to advance learning and knowledge through teaching and research particularly in science, technology, engineering, management and business studies complemented by humanities and social sciences, as well as assisting in Hong Kong’s socioeconomic development, this young and ambitious University has gone beyond the wildest dreams of many, climbing high in international esteem and reaping numerous honors and accolades.

University of ​Manchester​
University of ​Manchester​

About University of Manchester The University of Manchester is a Russell Group University. With almost 40,000 students, it boasts the largest student community in the UK.

University of ​California, San Diego​
University of ​California, San Diego​

The University of California, San Diego (also known as UC San Diego), is one of the top 20 universities in the United States, according to the 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings.

King's ​College London​
King's ​College London​

King's College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2016/17 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

University of ​Texas at Austin​
University of ​Texas at Austin​

The University of Texas at Austin provides public access to a first-class education and the tools of discovery. This has resulted in a culture of ambition and leadership, where physical scale is matched by bold goals and achievements.

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KAIST​
KAIST​

How does KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology compare to other schools? Read the TopUniversities profile to get information on rankings, tuition fees and more.

Technical ​University of Munich​
Technical ​University of Munich​

The Technical University of Munich was originally known as the Royal Bavarian Polytechnic of Munich when it was founded in 1868. Specialising in the natural sciences, several inventors have studied at the institution, including Carl von Linde, who invented the refrigerator, and Rudolf Diesel, who conceived the diesel engine.

University of ​New South Wales​
University of ​New South Wales​

UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales) is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities. Established in 1949, we are home to more than 52,000 students from over 130 countries and an alumni community of 250,000 that spans the world.

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