Top 10 Best Universities of the World

Every human being has the right to be educated. It is very essential in one’s growth and development. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to go to school due to the lack of infrastructure, resources, and facilities in the place. And the most common reason so far is poverty.

The British and American educations are the top-leading sources and influential factors in the universe. With their world-class level of fundamental teaching and development of knowledge, these countries are known off as the educational centers in the world. From its well-developed criterion of life to the quality of living, they don’t only provide top-notch quality of education but also they are deemed to be the along with the best cities to live in the world.

Now, the QS World University Rankings released the list of the world’s top universities for 2015/16. The survey was based on the university’s academic ranking, employer reputation, faculty student, international faculty, international students, and citations per faculty equals the overall score. Obviously, these top universities are located in the European and American countries providing high quality of learning. Let’s start off with:

10. University of Chicago (Overall Score: 94.6)
University of Chicago

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A private research university in Chicago, it is often referred to as the U of C, Chicago, or UChicago. Entrenched in 1890 by the American Baptist Education Society and John D. Rockefeller, the institution comprises of The College, various graduate programs, interdisciplinary board, coordinated into four academic research distributions and seven professional schools. The university features strength in arts and sciences, and it is also known for its outstanding professional schools. The professional schools include the Pritzker School of Medicine, U of C Booth School of Business, Law School, School of Social Service Administration, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, and the Divinity School.

With approximately 15,000 total enrolled students, about 5,000 of them are in the college. It was graded 99.9 in the academic reputation, 96.3 in employer reputation, 93.8 in the faculty student, 73.4 international faculty, 81.6 in international students, and 91.5 in citations per faculty. It has a total of 2,376 academic faculty staff with 616 international faculty. 41 percent of the total numbers of students are in the undergraduate program while 59 percent of them belong in the postgraduate. With a total number of international students of 3,520, 78 percent are in the postgraduate. It ranked fifth in the economics and econometrics and eighth in the social sciences and management.


9. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Overall Score: 95.5)
ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

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The engineering, science, technology, mathematics and management institution in the city, ETH Zurich is ranked fifth among the institutions focusing on these courses. With the 21 Nobel Prizes granted for the university, one of them were given to Albert Einstein in the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics and to Niels Bohr in the 1922 Nobel Prize in Physics, both are in relations with quantum physics. Founded in 1854 by the Swiss Federal Government, the university lives by its mission to educate engineers and scientists, serve as a national center of excellence in science and technology, and provide a hub for interaction between the scientific community and industry.

The ETH Zurich has been ranked as the top university in the European continent, providing world-class research and education worldwide. It consists of 16 departments that present Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees specifically in engineering and natural sciences. The Bachelor program follows the German language for instructions while the English language is used for the graduate level. From the thirteenth rank in 2012, it made a leap to the ninth in 2015 rating 99.9 in academic reputation, 99 in employer reputation, 78.6 in faculty student, 100 in international faculty, 98 in international study, and 98.8 in citation per faculty. Ranking first in earth and marine sciences, it ranked fifth in engineering and technology.


8. Imperial College London (Overall Score: 96.1)
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A public research institution, the Imperial College London was founded by Prince Albert and was established by the Royal Charter in 1907. According to The New York Times, the university students are recognized among the top ten most valued graduates in the world. It then joined the University of London focusing on science and technology until it expanded to medicine through consolidation with St. Mary’s Hospital. In 2004, Queen Elizabeth II inaugurated the Imperial College Business School and had its independence from the University of London after its 100 anniversary.

The Imperial College London was ranked tenth in the survey done by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2013-14. With about 15,500 students from 125 different countries, it has over 3,000 academic and research staff. With its three faculties, Engineering, Natural Science and Medicine, Imperial College Business School, and the Center for Co-Curricular Studies, the imperial offers a world-class quality of education, scholarship, science research study, engineering, medicine and management with peculiar feature to their application of industry, commerce and healthcare. Ranking fourth in the engineering civil and structural, it ranked seventh in the engineering and technology grading 99.9 in academic reputation, 100 in employer reputation, 99.9 faculty student, 100 international faculty, 100 international students, and 79.6 citations per faculty.


7. University College London (UCL) (Overall Score: 97.2)

University College London

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Established in 1826 by Jeremy Bentham, it was originally called London University until it became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London in 1836. The college is the largest higher education in London with the largest postgraduate university in the UK by enrolment. It is often referred to as the famous multidisciplinary research institutions globally. With its excellent and competent world of education, UCL has produced various legendary professionals, scientists and inventors who contributed a lot in the universe of science and technology. The alumni include the “Father of the Nation” of India, Kenya, Mauritius, founders of Ghana, and modern Japan, and Nigeria. Alexander Graham Bell is also from UCL and one of the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and many others.

Its excellence feature strength in the fields of medicine, languages, and law, engineering, history and astrophysics as well as research studies. Ranking second in architecture, the UCL ranked eleventh in the Life Sciences and Medicine rating 99.9 in academic reputation, 99.8 employer reputation, 98.6 faculty student, 95.5 international faculty, 99.9 international students, and 88 citations per faculty.


6. University of Oxford (Overall Score: 97.7)
University of Oxford

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A collegiate research institution, University of Oxford is also called Oxford University of simply, Oxford. Although it was not recorded when the university was established or founded, there were some evidences that teaching has begun in 1096. That was about 919 or more years ago. It is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the second oldest surviving university in the world. The university offers various colleges academic departments with top-notch scholarships like the Clarendon Scholarship and the Rhodes scholarship. It is the home to the world’s largest university press.

With about 18,000 populations, Oxford caters about 130 different nationalities with their 39 self-governing colleges. Ranking first in geography and first in arts and humanities, Oxford produces competent and excellent professionals with effective and outstanding teaching and research skills. It is one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial universities in Europe rated five stars in the research, innovation, teaching categories and five stars rate of excellence.


5. California Institute of Technology (CalTech) (Overall Score: 97.9)
California Institute of Technology

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Located in Pasadena, CalTech is a private research university established in 1891 by Amos G. Throop. It consists of six academic divisions featuring strength on science and engineering administering $332 million in 2011 in sponsored research. Although it is just a small institution, it has won 34 Nobel Prizes and 71 garnered in the United States National Medal of Science or Technology. 112f of its faculty are chosen to the National Academies and numbers of them are correlated with NASA and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

It aims to develop human knowledge and benefit society through research unified with education. The institute are endowed with interdisciplinary environment as they educate excellent students in becoming effective members of the society. It ranked sixth in the biological science field and eighth in natural science. The overall score was based on its academic reputation level of 99.8, employer reputation of 89.6, faculty student is 100, international faculty is 90.2, international students of 85.2 and citations per faculty of 100.


4. Stanford University (Overall Score: 98.6)
Stanford University

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A private research university in Stanford, California, Stanford is one of the most influential universities in the world. Founded by Leland Stanford and his wife Jane Lathrop Stanford in 1885, it was established in honor of their only son who died at the age of 15 due to typhoid fever. Hence, the official name of Leland Stanford Junior University. The university does not only produce competent professionals, but they also homes excellent faculty known for their major contributions in every industries. The Stanford faculty and alumni led to the discovery of Google, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Sun Microsystems, Instagram and Yahoo! The university also ranked the world’s tenth largest economy producing $2.7 trillion in annual revenue.

About 8,000 total enrolled students are in the professional schools and in some 65 departments. For graduate students, multidisciplinary teaching, learning and research are being offered and pursued. It ranked first in the statistic and operational research and second in the engineering and technology with an academic reputation of 100, employer reputation of 100, faculty student of 99.5, international faculty of 97.6, international students of 72.8, and citations per faculty of 99.9.


3. University of Cambridge (Overall Score: 98.6)
University of Cambridge

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Tying with the Stanford University in the overall score, the University of Cambridge also known as Cambridge University is a collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England. It was established in 1209 making it the second oldest university in the English-speaking world next to Oxford. It is also the fourth oldest surviving universities in the world. Due to its merge features with Oxford, these two universities are often regarded to as “Oxbridge”. It manages eight arts, cultural, and scientific museums including the Fitzwilliam museum and botanic garden.

University of Cambridge boasts off their reputation in achieving outstanding academic and intellectual attainment of its students. World-class authentic research conducted by the staff are pioneering maintaining the quality standard of learning and teaching. Ranked first in the English language and literature, Cambridge ranked second in the life sciences and medicine rating 100 in academic reputation, 100 in employer reputation, 100 in faculty student, 96.2 in international faculty, 96.6 in international students, and 93.7 in citations per faculty.


2. Harvard University (Overall Score: 98.7)
Harvard University

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A private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University was established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature and named after John Harvard. It is one of the world’s most prestigious universities. Ranking with $36.4 billion, Harvard has the biggest financial endowment of any academic universities in the world. It is a large and influential, residential research university that manages various arts, cultural, and scientific museums along with the Harvard Library. Consisting of 79 individual libraries with over 18 million volumes, the library is the largest academic and private library system in the world.

Harvard stands its mission to propose new ideas and promote enduring knowledge which kept the university in tack and influential. The university produced eight US Presidents, several foreign heads of state, living billionaires, Rhodes scholars, and Marshall Scholars. Ranked first in law and legal studies, Harvard also ranked first in life sciences and medicine rating 100 in academic reputation, 100 in employer reputation, 98.6 in faculty student, 99.9 in international faculty, 76 in international students, and 100 in citations per faculty.


1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Overall Score: 100.0)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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A private research university, MIT was established in 1861 in acknowledgment to the rising industrialization of America. The institute offers strong features in the applied science and engineering and is known as a pioneer in research and education in the field of physical science, engineering, biology, economics, linguistics and management. It aims to educate people with advanced knowledge and skills in science, technology and other field of scholarships that will help in the improvement of the nation and the world by the 21st century.

MIT ranked first in chemistry and first in engineering and technology. It offers high standard learning and provides excellent education integrated with accurate academic study, intellectual stimulation and enthusiastic discoveries. The overall rating was computed with its 100 grade on academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty student, international faculty, and citations per faculty while a 95.5 in the international studies.