The world has become a global village. And the opening of the economy has contributed a great deal to the exchange of goods and knowledge across the boundaries of the nations. The prospect of getting world class education and the exposure towards latest and most advanced research facilities have encouraged a lot of students to pursue their higher education abroad. This trend has been taking momentum in the developing countries like India and other Asian countries like China, Japan, and Singapore. In fact, India accounts for the second largest student population going to the United States per year for taking higher education. One of the fascinating questions which press every student is about the best university in the world to pursue their higher education. The rating agency QS gives the solution to this problem in its yearly survey among all the universities in the world.
Let’s have a look at 5 best universities of the world.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology holds the peak of this prestigious list. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The current 168-acre campus opened in 1916 and extends over 1 mile along the northern bank of the Charles River basin with a beautiful and sprawling campus. MIT have a fabulous track record with 85 Nobel laureates, 52 National Medal of Science recipients, 65 Marshall Scholars, 45 Rhodes Scholars, 38 MacArthur Fellows, 34 astronauts, 19 Turing award winners, 16 Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force and 6 Fields Medalists as of 2015.
It is often regarded as the most selective University of United States with a mere 8% acceptance rate. It has approximately 43,720 USD tuition and fees for Undergraduates as of 2014.
MIT has 2982 academic staffs including 1679 international staffs. It also educates 11067 students including 3717 international students. QS Has provided MIT 5 stars for all the sections which include Research, teaching, Employability, Facilities, Internationalization, Inclusiveness and Innovation.
The University second to MIT is Stanford University. Stanford University or officially known as Leland Stanford Junior University is a private research university in Stanford, California. After World War II, the then Provost Frederick Terman supported faculty and graduates’ entrepreneurialism to build self-sufficient local industry in what would later be known as Silicon Valley. Later the rise of Silicon Valley helped Stanford become one of the world’s most prestigious universities. Stanford has one of the largest campuses in the states with 8180 acres of land. Stanford is the alma mater of 30 living billionaires, 17 astronauts, and 20 Turing Award laureates. It is also one of the leading producers of members of the United States Congress along with over 60 Nobel laureates and 7 Fields Medalists which have been affiliated with Stanford as students, alumni, faculty or staff.
The academics tuition and fees for undergraduates at Stanford is 45,729 USD. It has an acceptance rate of around 4.7% as of 2014.
Stanford has an academic staff size of 4140 faculty members including 1972 international staff. It is also house to around 15845 students including 3555 international students. Stanford has also been awarded 5 stars for Research, Facilities, and Innovation by QS.
The third university on the list is the prestigious Harvard University. Established by the Massachusetts legislature and soon thereafter named for John Harvard who was its first benefactor, Harvard is the United States’ oldest institution of higher learning. Harvard receives $37.6 billion financial endowment which is the largest of any academic institution around the world. The Harvard library includes 79 individual libraries with around 18 million volumes. Harvard’s alumni include 8 U.S. presidents, several foreign heads of state, 62 living billionaires, 335 Rhodes Scholars, and 242 Marshall Scholars. In addition to that some 150 Nobel laureates, 18 Fields Medalists, and 13 Turing Award winners have been affiliated with Harvard as students, faculty, or staff. Harvard has a sprawling campus, covering over 209 acres.
Harvard has an acceptance rate of 5.2% and the undergraduate tuitions and fee are about 45,278 USD as of 2015.
Harvard has a strong academic faculty staff of 4326 including 2179 international faculty staff. It is also a house to 21966 students including 4706 international students. Harvard also has received 5-star ratings in Research, Innovation, and Social responsibilities.
The fourth on the list is the University of Cambridge. The university of Cambridge is a collegiate public research university situated in Cambridge, England. Founded in 1209, Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s fourth-oldest surviving university. The alumni of the university include eminent mathematicians, scientists, politicians, lawyers, philosophers, writers, actors, and foreign Heads of State. 95 Nobel laureates, 2 Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force and 10 Fields medalists have been affiliated with Cambridge as students, faculty, staff or alumni. The Libraries at Cambridge hold a total of around 15 million books, eight million of which are in Cambridge University Library, a legal deposit library.
Cambridge has an acceptance rate of around 21% with average Undergraduate tuitions and fees of 9,000 GBP for Domestic students and 19,713 GBP for International students as of 2015.
The University of Cambridge has a remarkable academic faculty staff of strength of 5355 members including 2221 international faculty staff. It also has a student base of 18875 students including a whopping 6689 international students. QS Has awarded 5-star rating for the University of Cambridge in Research, Teaching, and Innovation.
The next in line of best universities in the world is California Institute of Technology. The California Institute of Technology also known as Caltech is a private doctorate-granting university located in Pasadena, California, United States. The university belongs to a small group of Universities in the united state primarily devoted to the instruction of applied science and technical art. Caltech has a campus of over 120 acres. Caltech alumni and faculty include 34 Nobel Prizes (Linus Pauling being the only individual in history to win two unshared prizes), 1 Fields Medalist, 6 Turing Award winners, 4 Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force and 71 have won the United States National Medal of Science or Technology. Several Caltech faculty members have been associated with United States National Academies, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and NASA. Caltech ranks number one in the U.S. for the percentage of its graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. suggested a study by Pomona College.
Caltech has an acceptance rate of 9%. The fee of Undergraduate tuitions and fees is 43,710 USD as of 2015.
Caltech has a strong faculty member with 941 members including 324 international members. It is also adobe to 2209 students including 603 international students. In spite of limited students and staff members, the achievements of Caltech are remarkable. Caltech has been awarded 5-star ratings for Research, Facilities, and Innovation by QS.