Last updated on January 12th, 2017 at 02:10 pm
Based on the list of QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017, and The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, provide the definitive range of the world’s best 5 universities, evaluated across teaching, research, Knowledge, international outlook, reputation and more, where the focus is on academic prestige, scholarly excellence, and intellectual horsepower, and the quality of education is guaranteed.
These Prestigious universities promise a wholesome education experience, developing your knowledge and skills so that you yourself will be in a position to join the world’s elite academics, scientists, and thinkers.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 universities in the world;
#1 Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT), USA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded in 1861, has become the world’s leading science research center. Based in Boston, MIT focuses on scientific and technological research and is divided into five schools and one college.
Among its graduate schools is the highly ranked School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management, in addition to strong programs in economics, psychology, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, and mathematics. Research expenditures at MIT have typically exceeded $650 million each year.
MIT Technology Review has continuously researched developing trends in the industrial sciences and other related fields, making their publications essential for anyone trying to understand where future innovation is headed.
Notable people affiliated with MIT include Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, father of linguistics Noam Chomsky, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, and former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
#2 Harvard University, USA
Harvard University is the standard by which all other research universities are measured. Founded in 1636, Harvard is the oldest school in the world’s richest nation. Harvard is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston.
Harvard’s extensive library system houses the oldest collection in the United States and the largest private collection in the world. At Harvard, on-campus residential housing is an integral part of student life.
In addition to the College, Harvard is made up of 13 other schools and institutes, including the top-ranked Business School and Medical School and the highly ranked Graduate Education School, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law School and John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Eight U.S. presidents graduated from Harvard College, including Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Other notable alumni include Henry David Thoreau, Helen Keller, Yo-Yo Ma and Tommy Lee Jones.
#3 Stanford University, California, USA
Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, is one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.
With an $18.7 billion endowment Stanford has access to numerous world-class research resources. Stanford research is remarkable in both its breadth and depth. Stanford research programs reflect the expertise, creativity, and initiative of the faculty who set the research agenda. Stanford faculty have a long tradition of engaging with their colleagues and students within Stanford’s seven schools and working across disciplines.
Some notable Stanford alumni include U.S. President Herbert Hoover, the Ohio State University president Pamela Eibeck, Reed Hastings (Netflix), Novelists Michael Cunningham, Marissa Mayer (Yahoo), tennis players Bob and Mike Bryan, U.S. ambassador to China Max Baucus and U.S. ambassador to South Korean Mark Lippert.
#4 University of Cambridge, UK
As one of the oldest universities in the world (founded in 1209), The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest universities and leading academic centers, and a self-governed community of scholars.
There are over a hundred libraries in Cambridge. There are six Schools, each of which constitutes an administrative grouping of Faculties and other institutions. They are Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Technology.
The roster of great scientists and mathematicians associated with the university includes Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, James Clerk Maxwell, Augustus De Morgan, Ernest Rutherford, G.H. Hardy, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Alan Turing, Francis Crick, James Watson, Roger Penrose, and Stephen Hawking.
The University’s museums and collections hold many treasures which give an exciting insight into some of the scholarly activities, both past, and present, of the University’s academics and students.
#5 University of California, Berkeley, USA
The University of California was founded in 1868, Berkeley is unique among the elite universities in the world. From expeditions to Egypt in the late 1800s to stem cell research and artificial intelligence today, Berkeley has been at the forefront of research throughout its history.
An impressive selection of talented students feeds it over 350-degree programs, producing more Ph.D.S annually than any other U.S. institution. Berkeley is home to some of the world’s greatest minds leading more than 130 academic departments and 80 interdisciplinary research units and addressing the world’s most pertinent challenges.
Life at Berkeley blends research and reflection, the scientific with the artistic, and the scholarly with the athletic. Students come from different places and backgrounds, but together they create a diverse and kinetic community that seeks to create a better world.
Some notable alumni from UC, Berkeley; Eric Schmidt, chairman and ex-CEO of Google, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Paul Otellini, ex-CEO of Intel, Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, Chris Pine, actor, Rube Goldberg, cartoonist, Laci Green, YouTube personality, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan.