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Every year, The Times Higher Education releases the list of best global universities. Those universities are ranked based on 13 calibrated performance indicators which provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available. This year, the list remains unchanged with top best performance being the universities in the US. In this article, Toplisttips would like to introduce you 10 best universities in the world.

10. Yale University

Best Universities in the World 2014

America’s third-oldest university has nurtured five US presidents and 17 Supreme Court justices. Its endowment is worth more than $16 billion and it has around 12.5 million books in its 24 libraries. Residential colleges and mascots started here. Its Class of 2014 will contain 1,940 students, a record low three-in-40 acceptance rate.

9. Imperial College London

Best Universities in the World 2014

With an emphasis on research, Imperial has four faculties – medicine, natural science, engineering and business. Founded in 1907 as a constituent college of the University of London, 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 .

8. University of California, Berkeley

Best universities in the world 2014



Vitamin E was identified here, a lost Scarlatti opera found, the flu virus identified and America’s first no-fault divorce law drafted. A gold-rush by-product, the university by San Francisco Bay was chartered in 1868. To date, more than 20 faculty members have become Nobel laureates. Today’s student body consists of about 36,000 members, more than 10,000 of them postgraduates.

7. Princeton University

Best Universities in the World 2014

At the heart of American academic life since its charter in 1746, Princeton is one of the smallest of the private Ivy Leaguers, but can boast more than 30 Nobel laureates among its past faculty and alumni. Its 500-acre campus accommodates around 5,000 undergraduates and 2,500 postgraduates overseen by more than 1,100 academics.

6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Best Universities in the World 2014

In 150 years, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has produced more than 70 Nobel laureates, eight of whom are members of its current faculty. From its 168-acre Charles River campus, more than 10,000 students are instructed in architecture and planning; engineering; humanities, arts and social sciences; management; science; and health sciences and technology.

5. University of Cambridge

Best Universities in the World 2014

University of Cambridge is ranked among top best universities in the world with 5th position. Cambridge alumni loom large in the making of the modern world: Newton on laws and motion; Rutherford splitting the atom; Darwin on evolution; Turing’s prototypical computer; Crick and Watson with DNA. 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.

4. Stanford University

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Next is Stanford University which was founded in 1891 by railway tycoon Leland Stanford in remembrance of his son, who died aged 16. Stanford is said to be, after Harvard, the US’ most selective university, accepting around 7 per cent of applicants. Its alumni founded corporate giants including Hewlett-Packard and Google. The world’s third-richest university, it teaches about 7,000 undergraduate and around 4,000 graduate students.

3. University of Oxford

Best Universities in the World 2014

With the overal score of 93.2, Oxford is rated the 3rd best university in the world. Twenty-six British prime ministers, at least 30 other world leaders, 12 saints and 20 archbishops of Canterbury have been Oxonians. Oxford virtually invented college life in the 13th century. The world’s third-oldest surviving university offers approximately 12,000 undergraduates a choice of 38 colleges and six permanent private-residence halls.

2. Harvard University

Best universities in the world 2014


Ranked 2nd in the list of best universities in the world is the oldest academic institute in the US -Harvard. The Institute seems to fit all criteria except for Industry Income (44 points), leading to the overal score is 93.3.

Harvard has the global academy’s largest financial endowment and boasts more than 40 Nobel laureates. Its 210-acre main campus and 23 satellites house 10 faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

1. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Best Universities in the World 2014

The California Institute of Technology is ranked the best university of 2014 with Research and Citations indicators getting nearly absolute value. Other indications are around 90/100 points.

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a highly focused science and engineering research and education institution located in Pasadena, CA. It is home to approximately 2,300 students and 300 faculty, and boasts 31 Nobel laureates among its past and current faculty and alumni. Caltech manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA, and owns and operates a global network of astronomical observatories and research facilities.

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