What are the Best Universities in the World?

Do you know what are the best universities in the world for the year 2016-2017?

As the number of students rise worldwide, it is more important than ever to be aware of which university can offer you a place to study in your desired field.  Knowing what universities are able to gain a degree that is revered and can offer you entry into the leading companies or organisations.

With more affordable flights, it has never been easier to travel internationally, giving students today a wider variety of universities to which they can apply.

Although America currently dominates the list of the best universities in the world with 4 in the top 11 and 148 universities in the top 980; Asian, European and South American universities are making rapid progress up the list.  Many of these institutions offer viable alternatives to Western universities.

So what are the best universities in the world?


5.   Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is an independent, coeducational, private research university based in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Just a few miles away from Ivy League rival Harvard,  MIT is regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious universities, with an acceptance rate of around 8%.  Fees for 2017 were   $49,580.

4.   University of Cambridge (UK)


Cambridge is renowned for its excellence in mathematics and has educated some of the most famous British scientists throughout history such as Stephen Hawking, Alan Turing, Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton.

Other famous alumni include Prince Charles, , David Attenborough, John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Naomie Harris and Tom Hiddleston.

3.  Stanford University (USA)


Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, California, USA.  Tuition fees in 2016 – 2017 were around $48,000. About 33% of Stanford students come from outside the United States.

Famous alumni include Cory Booker, Mitt Romney, Larry Page and Sergei Brin (co-founders of Google), Peter Thiel (co-founder of PayPal), Laurene Powell Jobs, golfer Tiger Woods, American football stars John Elway and Andrew Luck.

2.   California Institute of Technology (USA)


Last year’s highest ranked university, California Institute of Technology (CalTech) slips to number 2, but has led the rankings in five previous years.

California Institute of Technology is a relatively small college with it’s primary campus in Pasadena, near Los Angeles.

1.   University of Oxford (UK) 


The University of Oxford is ranked the world’s best university for 2016-2017.  This is the first time a non US based university has been rated number 1 in the Times Higher Education world best university rankings.

Over 30 world leaders, 26 British prime ministers and 26 Nobel prize-winners have attended the University of Oxford.

Famous alumni include Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, JRR Tolkien, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and David Cameron.

These rankings use the World University Rankings 2016-2017 as quoted by The Times Higher Education.  Visit their site for the complete table of the best universities in the world.