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For the first time since international university league tables began, a university from the UK has been given the coveted title of “Top University in the World”. The university in question is Oxford University, who were ranked second in 2015 but has switched places with the former top university, California Institute of Technology.
The other UK Universities in the top 10 list are Cambridge and Imperial College London, who remain 4th and 8th respectively. Otherwise the list is again dominated with seven (7) universities from the U.S. including Stanford, MIT, and Harvard. The only non UK or US university to make the Top 10 again this year is ETH Zurich from Switzerland. Incidentally, even though Asian universities are not mentioned in this list, within the top 100 universities list the number of Asian universities has increased considerably over the past 20 years mainly due to the increased investments being allocated to education by respective governments, namely in China, Singapore, Korea and Japan.
TOP 10 UNIVERSITIES OF 2016 WORLDWIDE
1. University of Oxford, UK (2)
2. California Institute of Technology, USA (1)
3. Stanford University, USA (3)
4. University of Cambridge, UK (4)
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (5)
6. Harvard University, USA (6)
7. Princeton University, USA (7)
8. Imperial College London, UK (8)
9. ETH Zurich, Switzerland (9)
=10. University of California, Berkeley, USA (13)
=10. University of Chicago, USA (10)
Source: Times Higher Education. Figures in brackets represent 2015 placement;
By Mawdud Choudhury, CEO of Meedah Group Limited
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