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Top 10 universities in the world2020 - qs top universities ranking

 Top 10 universities in the world - qs top universities ranking


The QS Top-universities Foundation, which specializes in studying abroad, revealed its annual list of the best universities in the world, as is the case in the past few years, American and British universities topped this list, which included 1000 universities in various countries of the world.

In this classification, QS relies on a methodology that includes 6 main criteria related to the quality of education, the experience of the teaching staff and the proportion of international students.

The United States of America maintained its share in this list thanks to the presence of 157 American universities in this list, ahead of Britain, which ranked second with 84 British universities compared to 76 universities last year, which reflects the interest of British universities to improve their competitiveness, especially with the approaching exit date The country is from the European Union.

 The Australian National University was ranked 29th in the world in 2020, to be in the forefront of 35 Australian universities that were on the list of QS TopUniversities 2020.

In addition, 46 German universities, 42 Chinese universities, 41 Japanese universities, 34 Italian universities, 26 Canadian universities and 13 Dutch universities also appeared in the list.

 1- Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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For the eighth year in a row, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is ranked # 1 when it comes to the best educational institutions. The Massachusetts Institute is a private research university established in the year 1861 in the state of Massachusetts, USA. The study programs offered by the Institute focus on engineering, technology and information technology.


In 2016, only 8% of applicants were able to obtain a place to study at the institute, making it one of the most select educational institutions ever.

 2- Stanford University

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Stanford University still holds the second place, an American research university headquartered in California near San Diego and dating back to 1885. The university's presence near Silicon Valley has earned it a good reputation, from which the most prominent entrepreneurs in the technology sector such as Larry graduated Google co-founder Paige, Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel, and others.


In addition to the 67 Nobel Prizes, Stanford students and alumni won 270 Olympic medals, including 139 gold.

3- Harvard University

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Just as in past years, the oldest educational institution in the United States of America is still ranked third in the list of the world's best universities. In addition to the 11 academic units affiliated to it spread in Boston, the university's main center is in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


The American University runs many art, cultural and scientific museums along with the Harvard Library, which includes more than 18 million books, manuscripts and volumes, to be the largest academic library in the world, which made Harvard one of the richest institutions of higher education at all, as some statistics indicate its possession $ 34.5 billion in cash.

4- University of Oxford

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Advanced from the fifth place The University of Oxford has become the best non-American university for this year as well. It is a British research university located in the English city of Oxford and has always been classified as one of the best British universities, dating back to the year 1096 to be the oldest English-speaking university at all.


Sir Stephen Hawking is the famous physicist and one of the most prominent graduates of Oxford and one of its faculty members, in addition to 27 British Prime Ministers, 30 Heads of State and Government and about 50 Nobel Prize winners.

5- California Institute of Technology

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One of the most prominent American higher education institutions and is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the world, the main campus is located in the US state of California, 18 kilometers from Los Angeles, and its campus area is 50 hectares.


The California Institute of Technology graduated 37 Nobel Prize winners and 71 recipients of the US National Medal in the fields of technology and science. Most of the faculty members are associated with gigantic institutions such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and NASA.

Caltech is considered one of the relatively small educational institutions in which there are less than 2,500 students, yet - despite that - one of the statistics went to the fact that the institute ranks first in America in the percentage of graduates who go to obtain a PhD later.

Although its rating has declined compared to last year, the California Institute of Technology has always been ranked as one of the best higher education institutions in the United States of America.

6- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

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For the third year in a row, ETH has been ranked the best educational institution outside of America and Britain, and has jumped from the 10th last year to the sixth place in 2020.


The establishment of this institute dates back to 1854 in the city of Zurich at the hands of the Swiss Federal Government, and today it is directly subject to the Swiss Federal Administration for Economic Affairs, Education and Scientific Research, and has become a national center of excellence in science and technology after it has become one of the best international and European universities in the fields of engineering and technology .

7- University of Cambridge

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One of the best higher education institutions in the world in recent years and the second best British university for the second year in a row, dating back to the year 1209, making it the second oldest English-speaking university and the fourth oldest university currently in the world.


The University of Cambridge graduated prominent names in the fields of mathematics, science and politics, 86 of whom won Nobel Prizes, and a number of heads of state and government, including 15 heads of the British government.

Cambridge is the richest university outside the United States of America, with its income in 2016 amounting to about 1.64 billion pounds sterling, as it invests in many research centers in Britain and abroad, apart from managing 8 museums and owning the oldest publishing house and the second largest university press in the world. It always competes with Oxford University as the best educational institution in the United Kingdom.

8- University College London

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After moving up two places compared to last year, UCL is now the eighth best university in the world, the fourth in Europe, and the third in the British national level in 2020. With about 33 thousand students studying in it, University College London is one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom, and it is always ranked advanced In the rankings related to university performance.


University College London is a world leader in research and has an exceptional academic reputation when it comes to quality research, particularly in fields of medicine, law, engineering, languages, history and astrophysics.

9- Imperial College London

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Despite its decline from eighth place compared to last year’s edition, Imperial College London is still one of the best universities in the world, and perhaps thanks to it having one of the best medical schools ever. Imperial College London is a unique research university with a focus on science, engineering, medicine and business administration.


The university is located in the South Kingson district in the British capital, London, along with a number of world-leading cultural institutions such as the Natural History Museum, the Royal College of Art and Music, and the English National Ballet.

Today, the university hosts about 17 thousand students, more than 9 thousand of them are international students, making it an excellent environment for international students coming from outside Britain. 

10- University of Chicago

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Today, the University of Chicago enrolls about 14,000 students, of which international students make up about 25%. It is a private research university founded in 1856, its main campus is located in the state of Illinois, USA, and is considered one of the 10 best American universities in most disciplines, and 92 Nobel Prize winners belong to it as professors, faculty, employees, or students.

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