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…