The World's Best Universities In 2013

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The Times Higher Education, Britain’s leading higher education publication, has released its 2013-2014 version of the annual global ranking of the world’s best universities.

Following are the list of the world’s top universities in 2013.

1. University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's foremost research universities with a history stretching back 800 years and a solid-gold academic reputation. The prestigious and world-renowned university was founded in 1209 by Oxford scholars, who quit after a dispute with the local citizenry. It is made up of 31 colleges and over 150 departments, faculties, schools and other institutions with more than 8,500 staff and 18,300 students. Plus, this storied university has a number of alumni who are notable for a wide variety of different endeavours, such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, at least 15 British Prime Ministers and 23 heads of state.

2. California Institute of Technology

Along with the University of Cambridge, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is also among the world’s top universities in 2013. With a wealth of lore and tradition, the science and engineering powerhouse is located in Pasadena and is home to approximately 2,300 students and 300 faculty. It also boasts 31 Nobel laureates among its past and current faculty and alumni. What’s more, the Caltech has managed the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA since 1958.

3. University of Oxford

Founded nine centuries ago, the University of Oxford is not only the top UK institution but also the world's third-oldest surviving university. It offers approximately 12,000 undergraduates, a choice of 38 colleges along with six permanent private-residence halls. The collegiate university also has a lot of Nobel prize-winners, prime ministers and world leaders.

4. Imperial College London

Founded in 1907 as a constituent college of the University of London, the Imperial College London is well known for its schools of medicine, natural science, education and business. As one of the best academic institutions in the world, the school is located in London's museum quarter. This science-based institution is also home to approximately 15,000 students from over 125 different countries as well as over 3,000 academic and research staff.

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Another great university is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 150 years, it has produced 78 Nobel Laureates, 53 National Medal of Science winners, 41 MacArthur Fellows, and 27 National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners. Its notable alumni include architect I.M. Pei ’40, billionaire brothers Charles Koch ’57 and David H. Koch ’62, Lawrence Summers ’75, and Salman Khan ‘98, founder of Khan Academy. The institute is located in Cambridge and home to more than 10,000 students.

6. Harvard University

The Harvard University is named after its first benefactor, John Harvard. It is the oldest university in the United States, claiming eight US presidents and nearly 100 Nobel or Pulitzer Prize winners. Among those are U.S. President Barack Obama, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Currently, the university has about 10,300 undergraduate students and about 17,000 graduate students.

7. Stanford University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Stanford University was founded in 1891 by railway tycoon Leland Stanford in remembrance of his son, who died aged 16. In its 121 year history, the school has produced 107 Rhodes Scholars, 86 Marshall Award Winners and 60 Truman Scholars. Its graduates have also founded some of the most innovative companies such as Google, Yahoo!, Hewlett-Packard, and Instagram.

8. University of Chicago

Founded in 1890 with a grant by John D. Rockefeller, Chicago is well known for its 87 Nobel Prize winners. Its notable alumni include World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz, novelist Philip Roth, and astronomer Carl Sagan. It now operates 125 research institutes and centres.

9. Princeton University

Founded in 1746, the Princeton University is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. It boasts more than 30 Nobel laureates among its past faculty and alumni. Now the university enrolls about 5,000 undergraduates and 2,500 graduate students.

10. University of California, Berkeley

Located in Berkeley, the University of California enrolls about 36,000 students, more than 10,000 of them pursuing graduate studies. To date, more than 20 faculty members have become Nobel laureates. Other its alumni include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Google executive Eric Schmidt.

11. Yale University

Yale University is the third-oldest university in America. Founded in 1701, the school is considered as one of the most prestigious universities in 2013. It has nurtured five US presidents and 17 Supreme Court justices. Now it is home to about 5,300 undergraduate and 6,100 graduate and professional students.

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This article was published on 2013/11/20