There are various criteria for ranking universities, including but not limited to academic reputation, region, faculty, subject, employer reputation among others. A number of organizations usually carry out the studies and surveys to rank the universities and colleges, but perhaps the most famous one is the QS University Rankings. The following is a list of 50 top universities in the world. The list for these 50 top universities is the overall ranking based on all criteria used by QS University Ranking for ranking the academic institutions in the year 2011/2012.
1. The first on the 50 top universities list is the University of Cambridge which is found in the United Kingdom. According to the ranking, the university tops the list with a score of 100 pints.
2. Harvard University of the United States of America comes in second with a score of 99.34 points.
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology of the USA closely follows at number three with a score of 99.21 points.
4. In fourth position is Yale University, also in USA with a score of 98.84 points.
5. The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom is number five with a score of 98 points.
6. Imperial College London, also of the United Kingdom is in position six with 97.64 points.
7. University College London (UCL) of the UK is at number seven with 97.33 points.
8. At number eight is the University of Chicago in USA with 96.08 points.
9. The University of Pennsylvania in USA is at number nine, having 95.73 points.
10. Closing the first ten is the Columbia University of USA with a score of 95.28 points.
From the above, it clearly emerges that the first 10 of the 50 top universities are all from either the USA or UK. The next ten on the list are as follows, in that order:
11. Stanford University of USA with a score of 93.44 points.
12. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the USA with a score of 93.02 points.
13. Princeton University of USA with 91.91 points
14. University of Michigan, United States with 91.28 points.
15. Cornell University of USA with 90.72 points.
16. Johns Hopkins University of USA with 89.96 points.
17. McGill University of Canada with 89.56 Points.
18. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) of Switzerland with 89.50 points.
19. Duke University of United States, 89.25 points.
20. University of Edinburg, United Kingdom with 87.83 points.
A few entries from other countries start to emerge in the 50 top universities list as one goes down the list as seen from the second and third fifths of the list:
21. University of California, Berkeley (UCB) in the USA, with 87.64 points.
22. University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong with 87.04 points.
23. University of Toronto in Canada with 86.16 points.
24. Northwestern University of USA with 85.91 points.
25. The University of Tokyo, Japan with 85.9 points.
26. Australian National University, Australia with 85.69 points.
27. University of London (Kings College London) of UK with 84.96 points.
28. National University of Singapore (NUS) of Singapore with 84.07 points.
29. The University of Manchester, UK with 83.97 points.
30. University of Bristol, UK with 83.65 points.
The fourth fifth of the 50 top universities list is as follows:
31. The University of Melbourne, Australia, with 83.63 points.
32. Kyoto University, Japan, with 82.86 points.
33. École Normale Supérieure, Paris (ENS Paris) in France with 82.44 points
34. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, with 81.86 points.
35. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, with 81.75 points.
36. École Polytechnique, France, with 80.54 points.
37. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, with 79.5 points.
38. The University of Sidney, Australia, with 79.3 points.
39. Brown University, USA, with 79.23 points.
40. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong with 79.09 points.
The last 10 of the 50 top universities in the world comprises of the following:
41. University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA with 78.98 points.
42. Seoul National University, South Korea, with 78.65 points.
43. Carnegie Mellon University, USA, with 78.46 Points.
44. New York University (NYU), USA with 77.71 points.
45. Osaka University, Japan with 77.55 points.
46. Perking University, China, with 77.44 points.
47. Tsinghua University, China, with 76.25 points.
48. The University of Queensland, Australia, with 75.88 points.
49. The University of New South Wales, Australia, with 75.67 points.
50. The University of Warwick, UK, with 74.86 points.
The 50 top universities list offers some guidance for those people/organizations seeking various relationships with the institutions. However, one has to remember that the order keeps changing every often as the institutions keep on undergoing certain changes in infrastructure, programs, intakes and so on. It is not uncommon for an institution to one time rank well in the 50 top universities list for one year and to be out of the list in the next ranking.
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