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Please Note that there is a tie for the Number 02 Slot.

10. Imperial College London

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                                      London, United Kingdom

Region:                               Europe
Overall score                         87.5
Teaching                              84.5
International outlook             91.8
Industry income                    72.3
Research                              88.1
Citations                               90.0
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 .

09. University of Chicago

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                                       Chicago, United States

Region:                               North America
Overall score                         87.8
Teaching                              85.6
International outlook             58.6
Industry income                    No Data Supplied
Research                              88.2
Citations                               98.0

Chicago has more postgraduates than undergraduates, underlining its focus on advanced academic exploration. The Chicago School of economics, embracing Milton Friedman’s pro-market philosophy, developed here, as did the first self-sustained manmade nuclear reaction. Founded in 1890 with a grant by John D. Rockefeller, Chicago now operates 125 research institutes and centres.

08. University of California, Berkeley

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                                          Berkeley, United States

                        Region:                               North America
Overall score                         89.8
Teaching                              83.2
International outlook             57.3
Industry income                    59.5
Research                              97.5
Citations                               99.3

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.

07. University of Cambridge

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                                           Cambridge, United Kingdom

                        Region:                               Europe
Overall score                         92.3
Teaching                              90.6
International outlook             86.7
Industry income                    52.8
Research                              95.3
Citations                               95.7

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.

06. Princeton University

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                                      Princeton, United States

                        Region:                               North America
Overall score                         92.7
Teaching                              89.9
International outlook             59.6
Industry income                    80.5
Research                              97.6
Citations                               99.7

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.

05. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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                                     Cambridge, United States

                        Region:                               North America
Overall score                         93.0
Teaching                              92.9
International outlook             82.0
Industry income                    94.3
Research                              89.0
Citations                               100

 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.

04. Stanford University

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                                         Stanford, United States

                        Region:                               North America
Overall score                         93.8
Teaching                              94.7
International outlook             68.0
Industry income                    61.3
Research                              96.8
Citations                               99.1

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.

02. University of Oxford

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Oxford, United Kingdom

                        Region:                               Europe
Overall score                         93.9
Teaching                              89.0
International outlook             90.2
Industry income                    90.3
Research                              98.5
Citations                               95.4

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.

02. Harvard University

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Cambridge, United States

                        Region:                               North America
Overall score                         93.9
Teaching                              95.3
International outlook             66.2
Industry income                    40.6
Research                              98.5
Citations                               99.1

The oldest academic institute in the US, it dates from 1636 and is named after its first benefactor, John Harvard. It 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.

01. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

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Pasadena, United States

                        Region:                               North America
Overall score                         94.9
Teaching                              94.4
International outlook             65.8
Industry income                    91.2
Research                              98.2
Citations                               99.8

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.