Thursday, June 14, 2012

Top Universities in the World

For three straight years now, England's University of Cambridge is named the best university in the world .  The standard and ranking of top universities in the world is determined through the institution's research intensity and academic reputation. The ranking is partly based on the endorsement of the Quality Assurance Agency and External Reviewers of Learning and Teaching.

What made the University of Cambridge number one is its world-class and original research output, scholarly activities of students, extensive and high technology facilities/resources and world-expert instructors.

University of Cambridge in England, the school of the brightest and best regardless of background.

There's a popular saying that goes "If you want to take up business and law  and become an expert in that field, go to Harvard University, but if you want to take up science and mathematics and become a scientist, go to Cambridge University". 

Here are the World's Best Universities:

1. University of Cambridge - United Kingdom
2. Harvard University - United States
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology - United States
4. Yale University - United States
5. Oxford University - United Kingdom
6. University of College London - United Kingdom
7. University of Chicago - United States
8. University of Pennsylvania - United States
9. Columbia University - United States
10. Stanford University - United States


1. University of Cambridge


Research Intensity- very high
Academic Reputation - 100
Employer Reputation - 100

Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge remain's the world's top university and leading academic center.  It is made up of self-governing and independent colleges with its own property and income.  It is regarded as one of the most difficult schools to get into because of its very stiff and highly competent admission process. You cannot attend Cambridge unless you are highly intellectual and well-motivated.

The colleges are also responsible of appointing their own staff, selection of students in accordance with the university's regulation and standard. The lectures are organized by the university while learning supervisions are organized by the self-governing colleges. Each graduation is a separate act of the university's governing body called the Regent House but the degrees are conferred by the university.

The manicured lawn of the University of Cambridge.

It houses 31 colleges of which three are exclusive for women students, two for graduate studies and other colleges are mixed with students enrolled in different courses at the University. It has several buildings and museums too that feature collections of many treasures and scholarly activities of students. 

Its reputation as the world's best university is based on the intellectual achievement of its students, world-class published original researches, extensive resources and world expert instructors. Its teaching consists not only of lectures, seminars and practical classes but also personalized teachings and students are given opportunities to interact with scholars in all levels.

The University of Cambridge maintained high emphasis on applied mathematics and sciences particularly on mathematical physics, thus, considered as a home of most of the world famous inventors and scientists.

Its most notable alumni include:

Sir Isaac Newton (Laws of Motion)
Stephen Hawking (Theoriticial Physicist, developed Quantum Gravity)
Sir Francis Bacon (Responsible for the development of scientific method)
William Oughtred (Inventor of the logarithmic scale)
John Wallis (Inventor of modern calculus)
James Clerk Maxwell (who developed the electromagnetic theory)
Charles Darwin (developed the theory evolution by natural selection)
Ernest Rutherford (father of nuclear physics)
Francis Crick and James Watson (worked out a model for the three-dimensional structure of DNA)
Henry Cavendish (discoverer of Hydrogen)
Paul Dirac (discover of antimatter and of the pioneers of Quantum Mechanics)
Frank Whittle (co-inventor of the Jet Engine)
Lord Kelvin (formulated the original Laws of Thermodynamics)
J.J. Thomson (discoverer of electron)
Alan Turing (inventor of Turing Machine-a basic model for computation)

....there are more world renowned scientists, economists and writers that educated in the University of Cambridge. Most of the scientific discoveries and developments of the above-mentioned scientists and inventors were done in the University's laboratories. Its graduates won a total of 88 Nobel Prize Awards already, considered as the highest numbers won than any other universities in the world.

Coat-of-Arms of the University of Cambridge

The central administration of the university is composed by the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor. But the Chancellor's role is purely ceremonial and the vice chancellor is the real administrator of the institution. His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, had been the university's Chancellor until his retirement in June 2011 on his 90th birthday. He was succeeded by Lord Sainsbury of Turville, David Sainsbury.

How to study at the University of Cambridge?

Going to Cambridge University is not easy and how applicants perform in the interview process determines his or her fate to enter the university. It is the school of the brightest and best regardless of background of ethnicity and race.

The evaluation of applicants give more points on original creativity and thinking, so the applicant's IQ and EQ should be balanced. High academic grades are also crucial in the admission process at Cambridge, applicants must have a straight A levels in his or her academic records.

According to its official website "While academic strength is a pre-requisite, it does not guarantee acceptance. We are looking for well-motivated students who are well-matched for the courses they have chosen".

International Students:

For international students there are three costs you'll need to consider: tuition fees, college fees and living expenses. Accommodation is provided by the Cambridge Colleges and must pay a specified amount for the board and lodging and pastoral care. For more information visit Cambridge's study opportunities here.

              University of Cambridge

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