Jun
20
2013

Top 10 Universities of the World in 2013

This is the season of new admissions in universities, so we have done research and collected the list of world’s top 10 universities in the world. The Time Higher Education issued list of top 100 most powerful universities and we took top 10 of them. A spin-off of the annual World University Rankings, the reputation league table is based on nothing more than subjective judgement – but it is the considered expert judgement of senior, published academics – the people best placed to know the most about excellence in our universities.

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1. Harvard University (United States)

  • Overall reputation score
    100
  • Reputation (teaching)
    100
  • Reputation (research)
    100

The oldest academic institute in the US, it dates from 1636 and is named after its first benefactor, John Harvard. It has the global academy’s largest financial endowment and boasts more than 40 Nobel laureates. Its 210-acre main campus and 23 satellites house 10 faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

  • Overall reputation score
    87.6
  • Reputation (teaching)
    83.3
  • Reputation (research)
    89.8

In 150 years, MIT has produced more than 70 Nobel laureates, eight of whom are members of its current faculty. From its 168-acre Charles River campus, more than 10,000 students are instructed in architecture and planning; engineering; humanities, arts and social sciences; management; science; and health sciences and technology.

3. University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

  • Overall reputation score
    81.3
  • Reputation (teaching)
    82.7
  • Reputation (research)
    80.7

Cambridge alumni loom large in the making of the modern world: Newton on laws and motion; Rutherford splitting the atom; Darwin on evolution; Turing’s prototypical computer; Crick and Watson with DNA. Founded in 1209 by Oxford scholars who quit after a dispute with the local citizenry, Cambridge now employs more than 8,500 staff and has over 18,300 students.

4. University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

  • Overall reputation score
    73
  • Reputation (teaching)
    75.8
  • Reputation (research)
    71.7

Twenty-six British prime ministers, at least 30 other world leaders, 12 saints and 20 archbishops of Canterbury have been Oxonians. Oxford virtually invented college life in the 13th century. The world’s third-oldest surviving university offers approximately 12,000 undergraduates a choice of 38 colleges and six permanent private-residence halls.

5. University of California, Berkeley (United States)

  • Overall reputation score
    72.4
  • Reputation (teaching)
    66.9
  • Reputation (research)
    75.1

Vitamin E was identified here, a lost Scarlatti opera found, the flu virus identified and America’s first no-fault divorce law drafted. A gold-rush by-product, the university by San Francisco Bay was chartered in 1868. To date, more than 20 faculty members have become Nobel laureates. Today’s student body consists of about 36,000 members, more than 10,000 of them postgraduates.

6. Stanford University (United States)

  • Overall reputation score
    70.6
  • Reputation (teaching)
    68.6
  • Reputation (research)
    71.6

Founded in 1891 by railway tycoon Leland Stanford in remembrance of his son, who died aged 16, Stanford is said to be, after Harvard, the US’ most selective university, accepting around 7 per cent of applicants. Its alumni founded corporate giants including Hewlett-Packard and Google. The world’s third-richest university, it teaches about 7,000 undergraduate and around 4,000 graduate students.

7. Princeton University (United States)

  • Overall reputation score
    36.2
  • Reputation (teaching)
    34.9
  • Reputation (research)
    36.8

At the heart of American academic life since its charter in 1746, Princeton is one of the smallest of the private Ivy Leaguers, but can boast more than 30 Nobel laureates among its past faculty and alumni. Its 500-acre campus accommodates around 5,000 undergraduates and 2,500 postgraduates overseen by more than 1,100 academics.

8. University of California, Los Angeles (United States)

  • Overall reputation score
    35.6
  • Reputation (teaching)
    33.3
  • Reputation (research)
    36.8

Close to Hollywood and with a celebrated film and television school, UCLA is a cinematic magnet. Established in 1919, it has about 26,000 staff and around 38,500 students. A leader in college athletics, the institution comprises five undergraduate colleges, seven professional schools and five health science schools.

9. University of Tokyo (Japan)

  • Overall reputation score
    32.9
  • Reputation (teaching)
    29.8
  • Reputation (research)
    34.4

Todai (short for “Tokyo daigaku”) has produced 15 Japanese prime ministers. Founded in 1877 under the Meiji Emperor’s “open door” policy, it was soon renamed Imperial University, but reverted to the original post-1945. Today, around 29,000 students attend its 12 faculties and 12 graduate schools. Eleven institutes research phenomena such as cosmic rays and earthquakes.

10. Yale University (United States)

  • Overall reputation score
    32.8
  • Reputation (teaching)
    32.9
  • Reputation (research)
    32.7

America’s third-oldest university has nurtured five US presidents and 17 Supreme Court justices. Its endowment is worth more than $16 billion and it has around 12.5 million books in its 24 libraries. Residential colleges and mascots started here. Its Class of 2014 will contain 1,940 students, a record low three-in-40 acceptance rate.

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