What Are The Best Universities In The World?

What Are The Best Universities In The World?

August 13, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


Harvard and Yale are often referred to as
“the best of the best”. But when it comes to the highest ranked universities,
these and other Ivy League schools don’t even make it into the top five. So what are the world’s best universities? Well, according to an index by the Times Higher
Education, Stanford ranks 3rd in the world. Most people associate Stanford with tech-capital
Silicon Valley, which is where the school is located. And in fact, it’s largely because of Stanford
that the region is now the global capital of entrepreneurship and technology. In the 1940’s and 50’s the university
heavily encouraged students and faculty to start their own companies, eventually leading
to companies like Google and Snapchat. And still today, the school is known to produce
some of the most successful entrepreneurs. A Stanford degree is in extremely high demand,
and the school maintains the lowest acceptance rate in the country, admitting less than 5
percent of applicants. Much of Stanford’s credibility and desirability
comes from its impressive list of alumni, which includes Chelsea Clinton, Yahoo CEO
Marissa Mayer and John F Kennedy. Even better than Stanford is the California
Institute of Technology. Also known as Caltech, the university is predominantly
focused on engineering, technology and applied sciences. In the 1930’s the university founded NASA’s
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which builds space robots and conducts astronomy missions. Caltech continues to manage JPL, and the two
have worked together on dozens of space missions. The school’s faculty and alumni include
34 Nobel Laureates, and according to a 2015 study, more Caltech graduates go on to earn
PhDs than any other alma mater. But the best university in the world is located
outside the United States. Oxford University in the UK is regularly ranked
first.  Compared to Caltech and Stanford, Oxford
is enormous, with 44 colleges and more than 100 libraries. It’s also one of the oldest universities,
with historians tracing instruction as far back as the 11th century. Oxford’s ascension to the top comes in part
from its exceptionally high research income. Between 2014 and 2015, charities, individuals
and businesses funnelled nearly $680 million dollars into the university for research. Oxford is also home to the largest university
press and one of the oldest and most prestigious scholarships, The Rhodes Scholarship. While there are many lists ranking colleges
around the world, most tend to rank these three schools near the top. And although most of the top schools are in
the west, a number of schools in China are quickly making their way up the list. Over the last two decades, China has invested
more than $30 billion dollars in its best universities. And it seems to be working. The number of Chinese Universities in the
top 200 doubled in 2016, with Beijing’s Peking University ranking highest, although
still only in 42nd place worldwide. Chinese parents are known to send their children
to study in the US, however with China’s own universities on the rise, we may someday
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DOT COM. So the best schools don’t seem to be part
of the Ivy League, but these eight private universities still in high demand and take
in millions of dollars every year. So why is the Ivy League so powerful? Find out in
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