What are the Best Universities in the World?

One of the main reasons for getting a good education is to obtain the best job possible after graduation. One important factor employers consider when hiring is the quality of the education of all the candidates. If you have the option of attending a top-notch university, your career opportunities will broaden significantly. If you aren’t fortunate enough to attend one of the best universities in the world, then at least you can look closely at the best and see what factors make them so powerful and find schools that strive to provide some of the same elements among their educational offerings. The Times Higher Education – QS World University Rankings publishes an annual listing of the best universities in the world. The rankings are based on academic peer review, employer review, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty, and international teachers and students. According to their results for 2008, Harvard University is the top-ranked university in the world. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard is the oldest institution for higher learning in America and enjoys a strong reputation grounded in the success of the graduates, the top quality research coming from the university, and the exceptional teaching faculty. Behind Harvard, the next best universities in the world include Yale, Cambridge, Oxford, and California Institute of Technology to round out the top five. Of the top 100 universities around the world, 42 are from the United States, 36 are from Europe, and 22 from Asia Pacific. The United States dominates the top of the list with 11 of the top 15 universities. For another take on the best universities in the world, MINE ParisTech ranks world universities based on graduate accomplishment, and more specifically, the number of CEOs or equivalent in the 500 leading international companies. According to their rankings, the top five universities (from one to five) are Tokyo University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Keio University, and University of Pennsylvania. Here, America and Japan control the top part of the list with graduates going on to hold important positions of power within top international companies. And a final ranking found at Education-Portal provides their assessment of the top 20 universities from around the world. Their criteria are based on a combination of "academic quality, student life, student/faculty ratios, diversity of the student body, financial resources, student retention, faculty resources and career placement." The number one university here is Harvard, followed by (in order of ranking) University of Oxford, Princeton University, University of Cambridge, and Yale University.