The best global universities of 2014–2015 are being ranked by the Times Higher Education World University. They judge world-class universities across all of their core missions on the bases of research, teaching, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.
Underpinning the World University Rankings for 2014–2015 is a sophisticated exercise in information gathering and analysis. The methodology for the this year’s ranking is identical to that used in 2011–2012, offering a year-on-year comparison based on true performance rather than methodological change.
The Times Higher Education World University is the only international university to judge the performance of the world’s best universities. Their reports are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry, and governments.
Here are the organization’s official list of World University Rankings for 2014–2015.
10. Yale University
Yale University has nurtured five US presidents and seventeen Supreme Court justices. It has around 12.5 million books in its twenty-four libraries, and its endowment is worth more than $16 billion, considering it is America’s third-oldest university. Residential colleges and mascots started here.
9. Imperial College London
The Imperial College London was founded in 1907 as a constituent college of the University of London, and it became independent in 2007. Its main campus in London’s museum quarter and seven others house more than 14,000 students and 7,500 staff. The university has four facilities: medicine, natural science, engineering, and business.
8. University of California, Berkeley
It is in this same university where Vitamin E was discovered, a lost Scarlatti opera was found, the flu virus identified, and where America’s first no-fault divorce law was drafted. Also, more than twenty faculty members from University of California have become Nobel laureates. The student body consists of about 36,000 members, more than 10,000 of them postgraduates. It is considered as a Gold Rush by-product and was chartered in 1868.
7. Princeton University
Princeton is one of the smallest of the private Ivy League universities but boasts of more than thirty Nobel laureates who were among its faculty staff and alumni. It’s 500-acre campus accommodates around 5,000 undergraduates and 2,500 postgraduates, overseen by more than 1,100 academics. The university is considered as the heart of American academic life since it was chartered in 1746.
6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has produced more than 10,000 students who are instructed in architecture and planning, engineering, humanities, arts and social sciences, management, science and health sciences, and technology. For the past 150 years, it has produced more than seventy Nobel laureates, eight of whom are members of its current faculty.
5. University of Cambridge
The university was founded in 1209 by Oxford scholars who quit after a dispute with the local citizenry. Cambridge now employs more than 8,500 staff and has over 18,300 students. Cambridge alumni loom large in the making of the modern world: Isaac Newton on laws and motion, Ernest Rutherford on splitting the atom, Charles Darwin on evolution, Alan Turing‘s prototypical computer, and Crick and Watson with DNA.
4. Stanford University
The university was founded in 1891 by railway tycoon Leland Stanford in remembrance of his son who died aged 16. It is the world’s third-richest university and teaches about 7,000 undergraduates and around 4,000 graduate students. Its alumni founded corporate giants including Hewlett-Packard and Google.
3. University of Oxford
The University of Oxford is the world’s third-oldest surviving university, which offers approximately 12,000 undergraduates a choice of thirty-eight colleges and six permanent private residence halls. Twenty-six British prime ministers, at least thirty other world leaders, twelve saints, and twenty archbishops of Canterbury have been Oxonians.
2. Harvard University
Harvard University is named after its first benefactor, John Harvard. It the oldest academic institute in the US, which dates back to 1636, and has the global academy’s largest financial endowment. The prestigious institution boasts more than forty Nobel laureates. Its 210-acre main campus and twenty-three satellites house ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
1. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is home to approximately 2,300 students and 300 faculty. The front-runner prides itself for the thirty-one Nobel laureates who were part of its past and current faculty and alumni. It is a highly focused science and engineering research and education institution located in Pasadena, California, that manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA and owns and operates a global network of astronomical observatories and research facilities.
These universities are what made it to the official list of the world’s best institutions. A seat in one of their rooms is a privilege anyone would be willing to strive hard for.