The released on 5th September 2017, has revealed the top 1,000 universities in the world. Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018
For the first time, two UK universities have taken the top spots; the
University of Oxford takes the first place position while the University of Cambridge climbs two places to take the second place position.
In total, 77 countries are represented in the ranking and 27 of these countries have at least one university in the top 200.
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Both in terms of the overall ranking and the highest positions, the US and the UK are well represented. Japan and China are among the best represented countries in the ranking but they fall behind other countries such as Germany and the Netherlands for universities in the top 200.
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This year one of the most prestigious universities in the UK has come out on top on for the second year running.
University of Oxford is the oldest university in the UK and one of the best known in the world.
Currently, there are more than 22,000 students at Oxford, with an almost even number of undergraduates and postgraduates.
About 95 per cent of Oxford graduates are either employed or in postgraduate study within six months of leaving.
Admissions are extremely competitive; on average the university receives five applications for every place. About 18,300 students applied for 3,200 undergraduate places in 2015.
The university employs staff from just under 100 different countries and foreign citizens make up about 41 per cent of the student and academic body.
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University of Cambridge operates on a collegiate system, much like the University of Oxford. Almost all of the 18,000 students belong to a college or hall, where they have the option to live, study and sleep on site.
In Cambridge, there are 31 colleges and 150 academic departments.
The university has a long and prestigious history dating back to 1209, when scholars in Oxford fled to Cambridge after clashes with local people.
Many famous politicians, cultural figures and scientists spent time in Cambridge, including Isaac Newton and John Harvard, who would go on to found
Every college has unique traditions and all students matriculate in a formal ceremony when arriving at the university.
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One of the most striking features of Caltech is its unusually small size; only about 1,000 undergraduates and 1,250 postgraduates are enrolled there. The college boasts a high student-to-staff ratio.
Caltech aims to foster an interdisciplinary environment in which students learn about and tackle the most challenging and fundamental scientific or technological problems.
The institution dates to 1891 when it was founded as Throop University. It assumed its current name in 1920.
There were 6,506 applicants for the entry class who will graduate in 2019 and 99 per cent of the students accepted across all years were in the top 10 per cent of their high school class.
More than half of Caltech students receive need-based financial support. The average financial aid package is $38,983 (£29,890).
Caltech’s mascot is a beaver, "nature’s engineer".
Among the unusual features of the university are the customary cookie break taken every Thursday by physicists and their students and the university’s status as a distributor of olive oil.
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Stanford has generated many start-ups and entrepreneurs and was partly responsible for the development of neighbouring Silicon Valley.
Many students go on to achieve great things and in the current academic community there are 20 Nobel laureates affiliated with Stanford.
The large campus is home to 97 per cent of undergraduates and nearly 700 major university buildings alongside museums, gardens and recreational centres.
Currently, there are just under 7,000 undergraduates and 9,000 graduates at the university, with a 4:1 student-to-staff ratio.
Research at Stanford uses a $1.22 billion budget in total and more than 5,000 of the projects are externally funded.
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology dates back to the middle of the 19th century and has always endeavoured to provide financial aid to students on a needs basis.
The very first architecture classes anywhere in the US were taught at MIT. The first female student, Ellen Swallow Richards, was admitted to the chemistry department in 1871.
Just two years later the first international student – from Canada – graduated from MIT.
The campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, includes 18 student residences, many gardens and public works of art.
Admission to the university is extremely selective; only 8 per cent of applicants won a place in the graduating class of 2019.
Graduates are employed by top companies, including Google, Amazon and Apple.
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University of Oxford United Kingdom
University of Cambridge United Kingdom
California Institute of Technology United States
Stanford University United States
Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
Harvard University United States
Princeton University United States
Imperial College London United Kingdom
University of Chicago United States
ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland
University of Pennsylvania United States
Yale University United States
Johns Hopkins University United States
Columbia University United States
University of California, Los Angeles United States
University College London United Kingdom
Duke University United States
University of California, Berkeley United States
Cornell University United States
Northwestern University United States
University of Michigan United States
National University of Singapore Singapore
University of Toronto Canada
Carnegie Mellon University United States
London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
University of Washington United States
University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
New York University United States
Peking University China
Tsinghua University China
University of California, San Diego United States
University of Melbourne Australia
Georgia Institute of Technology United States
University of British Columbia Canada
LMU Munich Germany
King’s College London United Kingdom
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
Karolinska Institute Sweden
University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
Technical University of Munich Germany
McGill University Canada
University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
Heidelberg University Germany
University of Tokyo Japan
KU Leuven Belgium
Australian National University Australia
University of Texas at Austin United States
Brown University United States
Washington University in St Louis United States
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
University of California, Santa Barbara United States
University of California, Davis United States
University of Manchester United Kingdom
University of Minnesota United States
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
University of Amsterdam Netherlands
Purdue University United States
University of Sydney Australia
Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
Delft University of Technology Netherlands
Wageningen University & Research Netherlands
University of Queensland Australia
University of Southern California United States
Leiden University Netherlands
Utrecht University Netherlands
University of Maryland, College Park United States
Boston University United States
Ohio State University United States
Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris France
Kyoto University Japan
Seoul National University South Korea
University of Bristol United Kingdom
Pennsylvania State University United States
McMaster University Canada
RWTH Aachen University Germany
University of Glasgow United Kingdom
Monash University Australia
University of Freiburg Germany
University of Groningen Netherlands
Michigan State University United States
University of New South Wales Australia
Rice University United States
Uppsala University Sweden
Free University of Berlin Germany
Dartmouth College United States
University of Helsinki Finland
University of Warwick United Kingdom
Technical University of Berlin Germany
Lund University Sweden
University of Tübingen Germany
University of Basel Switzerland
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
Durham University United Kingdom
Emory University United States
University of California, Irvine United States
University of Bonn Germany
University of Colorado Boulder United States
University of Pittsburgh United States
Maastricht University Netherlands
University of Sheffield United Kingdom
University of Bern Switzerland
Vanderbilt University United States
Ghent University Belgium
University of Montreal Canada
Aarhus University Denmark
University of Copenhagen Denmark
Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea
University of Western Australia Australia
University of Göttingen Germany
University of Virginia United States
École Polytechnique France
Fudan University China
Indiana University United States
Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
University of Alberta Canada
City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
Queen Mary University of London United Kingdom
Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands
Georgetown University United States
Pierre and Marie Curie University France
University of Mannheim Germany
Arizona State University United States
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Germany
University of Southampton United Kingdom
Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
University of Exeter United Kingdom
University of Geneva Switzerland
University of Science and Technology of China China
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
University of Adelaide Australia
Stockholm University Sweden
University of Zurich Switzerland
Pohang University of Science and Technology South Korea
University of York United Kingdom
University of Leeds United Kingdom
Pompeu Fabra University Spain
University of Birmingham United Kingdom
Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
University of Florida United States
University of St Andrews United Kingdom
University of Cologne Germany
University of Oslo Norway
Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
University of Nottingham United Kingdom
University of Sussex United Kingdom
Lancaster University United Kingdom
University of Notre Dame United States
University of Lausanne Switzerland
Technical University of Denmark Denmark
University of Rochester United States
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Italy
TU Dresden Germany
Ulm University Germany
Case Western Reserve University United States
University of Leicester United Kingdom
Texas A&M University United States
University of Arizona United States
University of California, Santa Cruz United States
Cardiff University United Kingdom
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Germany
University of Vienna Austria
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands
University of Würzburg Germany
University of Alabama at Birmingham United States
Nanjing University China
Tufts University United States
University of Cape Town South Africa
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey United States
KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
University of Münster Germany
Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium
Newcastle University United Kingdom
University of Liverpool United Kingdom
Zhejiang University China
University of Luxembourg Luxembourg
University of Twente Netherlands
Paris-Sud University France
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon France
Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa Italy
University of Aberdeen United Kingdom
University of Miami United States
University of Dundee United Kingdom
University of East Anglia United Kingdom
Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
Aalto University Finland
University of Massachusetts United States
University of Auckland New Zealand
Northeastern University United States
Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation
Tilburg University Netherlands
Paris-Sorbonne University – Paris 4 France
Royal Holloway, University of London United Kingdom
University of California, Riverside United States
University of Gothenburg Sweden
National Taiwan University Taiwan
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