The Greatest UNIVERSITIES In The World!

The Greatest UNIVERSITIES In The World!

September 9, 2019 4 By Stanley Isaacs


Universities are where all of us find ourselves
and is one of the most important phases of our lives. As such, it is pretty important
to choose the right University to attend and we bring you a list of the best universities
in the world. 10. University of California – Founded in
1868, the University of California in Berkeley has seen many great names passing through
its halls who have achieved great things in life. Actor Gregory Peck, journalist Jack
London, former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto are just some of the famed alumni
of the University of California. And today, the university has become one of the most
sought after in the world. One of the reasons behind that is the fact that the Professors
in the University have a combined 19 Nobel prizes in between them in the fields of Physics,
Chemistry and Economics. And what’s more is that the graduates from the University
of California won as many as 17 medals in the 2012 Olympic games! The University of
California houses around 27,000 undergraduate and 10,000 post graduate students! 9. ETH Zurich – Also known as the Swiss
Federal Institute of Technology, ETH is known especially for its computer science program
which is considered to be the best in the world. It was founded in 1854 with a vision
to educate engineers and scientists and perhaps the best example of that would be Albert Einstein
who is an alumni of this prestigious University. 32 Nobel laureates in different fields have
been associated with the University and there are currently 16 departments in the University.
What is great about the ETH Zurich is that it is known for inter-disciplinary research
in subjects ranging from architecture and physics. 8. Imperial College – When a University
gains the reputation for being the most innovative university in Europe, you know that it will
be one of the best in the world. The Imperial College, London was founded in 1907 and was
merged with the Royal College of Science, the Royal school of mines and the City and
Guilds College. And if you need any proof of the credibility of the Imperial College,
you only have to look at its alumni. They include Sir Alexander Fleming, writer HG Wells,
Guitarist Brian May and India’s former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi among many others. The
College houses about 15,000 students and 8000 staff members and provides courses in science,
engineering, medicine and business. The staff and alumni of the Imperial college have a
combined 14 Nobel Prizes, 3 Field Medals, 74 Fellows of the Royal society, 84 fellows
of the Royal College of Engineering and 85 Fellows of the Academy of medical Sciences.
Quite an impressive list we think! 7. Princeton University – Being accepted
in the Princeton University is a thing of much prestige. After all, this private Ivy
league research university is the 4th oldest institution of higher education in the US.
It was founded in 1746 in Elizabeth but moved to Newark in 1747 and moved once more in 1896
when it moved to Princeton. The list of achievements by those associated with Princeton is long.
63 Nobel prizes, 14 Field medallists, 10 Turing awards, 5 National Humanities medal winners,
209 Rhodes scholars, 12 US Supreme court Judges and 2 US Presidents. And that is just scratching
the surface! The Princeton University offers programs in humanities, social sciences, natural
science and engineering and is known for having the highest endowment per student in the US.
No wonder so many want to be a part of this prestigious University! 6. Harvard University – When getting an
honorary degree from a university becomes a big deal even for Presidents of the world’s
most powerful country, the University must be special right? Perhaps that is why Harvard
University is such a sought after place as it has given honorary degrees to 13 US Presidents,
including JFK in 1956. There is a different sort of respect to be in the elite group of
people who have passed through the halls of this great university. Harvard university
was established in 1636 as a private ivy league research university and it is the oldest institution
for higher learning in the US. And when it merged with the Radcliffe college in 1977,
Harvard also became a co-educational college. The University is organized into 11 separate
academic units and it has the largest academic library in the world with 18 million volumes!
The alumni of Harvard includes 8 US Presidents, 62 living billionaires, 359 Rhodes scholars
and many heads of States! Not to mention 10 Academy awards, 48 Pulitzer prizes and 108
Olympic medals! That is quite a glorious list of achievements, isn’t it? 5. MIT – The Massachusetts institute of
Technology is a private research university which was founded in 1861 in response to the
increased industrialization that was spreading across the US. So, the MIT adopted an approach
where there was a lot of lab work in applied science and engineering so that its students
would be better equipped to deal with the rapid advancements in technology. And that
commitment towards innovation and the spirit of enquiry still lives on to this date and
that is the reason why those associated with MIT have 91 Nobel prizes, 25 Turing Awards,
6 Field Medals, 34 Astronauts and 16 Chief Scientists of the US Air Force in between
them! MIT is also known for instilling a good sense of entrepreneurship and if the annual
revenues of the companies founded by MIT alumni were to be added up, they would become the
10th richest nation in the world. Yes, nation! There are around 1000 faculty members and
over 11000 undergraduate and graduate students at MIT and there are 5 different schools for
architecture and planning, engineering, humanities, arts and social sciences, management and science. 4. Cambridge University – Cambridge University
is the second oldest university in the English speaking world and as such it commands a lot
of respect. The University came into existence when a group of scholars left the Oxford University
due to a dispute with the townspeople and founded a University of their own. There are
6 schools in the Cambridge University which take care of 100 academic departments and
31 constituent colleges. The Cambridge University Press is the oldest publishing house in the
world and that much history would by itself be enough to win over many students. Add to
that the fact that it has been associated with 116 Nobel laureates, 10 Field Medallists,
6 Turing awards and 15 British Prime Ministers as well and you can very well understand why
students from over 120 countries come to study at the Cambridge University. Some of the most
notable alumni include Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Christopher Marlowe,
Ian McKellen, Tom Hiddleston and winners of an astounding 170 Olympic medals! 3. Stanford University – If we said that
the Silicon Valley is one of the pillars on which technological innovations of the world
stands, we would not be far from the truth. And any university which had a hand in its
development would definitely be one of the world’s best. Stanford University is just
that. It was founded in 1885 and is known for its academic strength and wealth. There
are 3 schools here which focus on 40 different academic departments along with 4 professional
schools focusing on law, medicine, education and business. What’s more is that apart
from 81 nobel laureates, 27 Turing awardees, 17 astronauts, 30 living billionaires and
7 Field medals, the Stanford University also boasts of 270 Olympic medals! There are 700
university buildings and 18 independent labs, centres and institutes which contribute towards
the inquisitive spirit that the University is known for. 2. California Institute Of Technology – The
California Institute of Technology began as a preparatory and vocational school which
gained the attention of a few scientists. Under their patronage, the vocational and
preparatory schools were slowly phased out and it took on its present name in 1921. Caltech,
as it is popularly known, is one of the few institutes that is dedicated primarily to
the instruction of pure and applied sciences. Perhaps the strong emphasis on science and
engineering is why Caltech was managing $332 million in 2011 in sponsored research! It
is no wonder really that it is one of the most sought after Universities by budding
scientists and technicians! Caltech is located on a 124 acre primary campus and its alumni
include some 72 Nobel laureates, 6 Turing Award winners and 71 National medals of science
in the US. Caltech has earned the reputation of being the best university for engineering
and technology in the world currently and if they continue in the same vein, we doubt
that they are going to lose that exalted position anytime soon! 1. University of Oxford – When it comes
to the most prestigious universities in the world, there is no one that can lay a claim
to a heritage that is richer than that of the University of Oxford. It is the mecca
of education in the world and is the oldest university in the English speaking world.
If the purpose of education is to pass on the knowledge from one generation to the next,
no one has done it better or more extensively than Oxford. It also houses the largest library
system in the UK with over 100 libraries. Oxford University has about 20,000 students
at a time and what is interesting is that 35% of them are foreign students. Perhaps
what draws them to the University is that 69 Nobel laureates, 27 Prime Ministers of
UK and many other heads of nations have been associated with the University of Oxford.
From Margaret Thatcher, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bill Clinton, Indira Gandhi to Oscar Wilde,
JRR Tolkien, John Locke and T E Lawrence, there are many noted luminaries who the students
can derive inspiration from. Oxford is also home to the Rhodes scholarship, which is probably
the most sought after scholarship in the world. The Oxford University is made up of 38 constituent
colleges who are each self-governed institutions and being a city university, it does not really
have a campus of its own but has many buildings and facilities scattered throughout the city
centre. Don’t you wish you had done your education
from one of these prestigious Universities? Or maybe you have! And if so, do share your
experiences and any tips you might have for aspiring students in the comments section
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