The rankings are out and once again, the UK has two universities (see our Top 5 UK Universities) taking up the top slots. And not in the top 10, but rather, in the top 5. Are you interested as to which schools take the day regarding academics? Well, here is an exciting read.
You may wonder what comes into play during these rankings. Let us break it down into the five major factors. The first is the research, then comes the research influence and teaching practices. On top of these, the scores consider the industry income and the international outlook of the schools. The goal is to have universities producing all-rounded students who can positively impact the world. Without much further ado, here goes:
1. The University of Oxford
It is not a wonder that this university ranks high as compared to others. When people think of it, they envision prestige, and this is what it affords its students. This institution has been a top choice for many years running. For one, it is an old institution, with deep roots in the UK. Also, it is well-known. It does not hurt that it has at least twenty thousand students at a time who leave to obtain gainful employment as well as further studies. What’s more, it has students from over 100 countries, with 40% of the population comprising of internationals. How diverse is that!
2. The University of Cambridge
It is important to note that The University of Cambridge utilizes a collegiate system, as is the case with the University of Oxford. Students here are part of a college, and they can thus choose to live and sleep on campus. It also allows them to study in close quarters. With over 31 colleges in the school, students can get specialized attention as they pursue their academic goals.
This school is also quite old and boasts of an impressive alumnus. From scientists to cultural figures through to politicians, many great names have been here. And that includes Isaac Newton!
Sure, this list would be anything but complete without a mention of this school. The teaching practices in the institution likely led to the fast rise of Silicon Valley. Mayhaps this is true as it has churned out tons of entrepreneurs over the years. Let alone the Nobel laureates from the university. Students here have incredible opportunities to get external funding for their research projects in the tunes of billions of dollars. It doesn’t take much to see what makes this university so unique.
4. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
This school excels in the awarding of financial aid to needy students. It is important to note that getting into this school is quite difficult. Less than 10% of applicants get to be part of this fantastic community with eighteen student residences. Competition in the institution is high as the graduates end up in top tech companies across the globe. Who wouldn’t want that?
5. California Institute of Technology
This institution, often referred to as Caltech, is quite small for a school of its reputation. The good thing about this is that the students get to enjoy more attention from the staff. The teaching practices center around tackling complex technological issues across the globe. As is the case with MIT, there is adequate funding for needy students in the school.
Which of the five universities appeals to you most and why?