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Every year, thousands of universities worldwide produce graduates, undertake research and publish scientific papers. How to find out who are the leaders today in higher education? How to choose among them?

A number of global rankings are published annually. Some are focusing on academic achievements, reputation in science and the number of graduates awarded with Nobel Prize or other notable awards. Undoubtedly, these indicators are very important, but for future students it could be only an indirect confirmation of the quality of the learning process.

Here, we represent the current World University Rankings by The Times Higher Education, which uses more than a dozen indicators to evaluate the institutions’ real activities for more comprehensive comparison. The most important groups of indicators we consider:

  • Teaching – is based on evaluation of the teaching reputation, also includes such statistics as students-to-staff ratio, doctorate-to-bachelor’s and doctorates awarded-to-academic staff ratios. It also estimates institution’s financial status and ability to provide students and faculty with the required infrastructure.
  • Research – is based on the university’s reputation in research by the opinion of academics, also evaluates the funding of scientific programs, and their productivity level.

In the table below the top universities are ranked by overall score with an indication of their Teaching Rank (score), which is very helpful for future students seeking to obtain a world-class degree, and Research Rank (score) for those who plans further to continue in the science field.

A distinctive feature of the global leaders in education is an active promotion of distance learning. Most of them are offering a wide range of online courses in many disciplines (free or for some charge). It is a great opportunity to enhance your knowledge level in the leading institutions and get an access to courses from the best professors and trainers, being thousands of kilometers away.

World rankings of the 50 best universities 2017
Rank University Overall score Country Teaching
Rank (score)
Research
Rank (score)
Online Courses
1 University of Oxford 95.0 UK 05 (89.6) 01 (99.1) min £255
2 California Institute of Technology 94.3 USA 01 (95.5) 06 (95.7) Free
3 Stanford University 93.8 USA 02 (92.6) 05 (95.9) Free
4 University of Cambridge 93.6 UK 03 (90.6) 03 (97.2) min £240
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 93.4 USA 04 (90.3) 08 (92.3) Free
6 Harvard University 92.7 USA 09 (87.5) 02 (98.3) Free
7 Princeton University 90.2 USA 06 (89.5) 15 (88.4) Free
8 Imperial College London 90.0 UK 11 (86.4) 18 (86.6) Free
9 ETH Zurich 89.3 Switzerland 17 (81.5) 07 (93.7) Free
10 University of California, Berkeley 88.9 USA 16 (82.4) 04 (96.1) Free
11 University of Chicago 88.9 USA 08 (88.1) 12 (89.1) Free
12 Yale University 88.2 USA 07 (88.5) 16 (87.8) Free
13 University of Pennsylvania 87.1 USA 12 (85.9) 14 (88.9) Free
14 University of California, Los Angeles 86.6 USA 15 (82.9) 13 (89.0) Free
15 University College London 86.5 UK 22 (77.4) 09 (90.0) Free
16 Columbia University 86.1 USA 10 (86.9) 30 (78.9) Free
17 Johns Hopkins University 85.9 USA 23 (77.4) 23 (84.3) Free
18 Duke University 84.7 USA 18 (80.7) 28 (80.0) Free
19 Cornell University 84.6 USA 19 (79.7) 19 (86.5) Free
20 Northwestern University 83.7 USA 25 (75.8) 22 (85.0) Free
21 University of Michigan 83.6 USA 20 (79.4) 21 (86.1) Free
22 University of Toronto 83.0 Canada 28 (74.6) 20 (86.3) Free
23 Carnegie Mellon University 81.8 USA 31 (70.2) 24 (84.0) Free
24 National University of Singapore 81.7 Singapore 24 (76.7) 17 (86.9) Free
25 University of Washington 80.2 USA 32 (70.2) 26 (80.4) Free
26 London School of Economics and Political Science 80.2 UK 29 (70.8) 32 (74.7) None
27 University of Edinburgh 79.2 UK 36 (67.5) 33 (74.7) Free
28 Karolinska Institutet 77.6 Sweden 46 (62.1) 31 (76.0) Free
29 Peking University 77.2 China 13 (84.6) 27 (80.3) Free
30 LMU Munich 76.8 Germany 30 (70.5) 38 (73.4) Free
31 EPFL 76.8 Switzerland 44 (62.9) 56 (66.1) Free
32 New York University 76.7 USA 27 (75.1) 49 (68.8) None
33 University of Melbourne 76.3 Australia 42 (65.4) 37 (73.6) Free
34 Georgia Institute of Technology 76.3 USA 53 (60.8) 29 (79.2) Free
35 Tsinghua University 76.2 China 21 (78.9) 10 (89.6) Free
36 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 75.9 USA 41 (65.6) 25 (81.4) Free
37 University of British Columbia 75.9 Canada 50 (61.2) 40 (72.5) Free
38 King’s College London 75.9 UK 48 (61.5) 42 (71.0) Free
39 University of Tokyo 74.1 Japan 14 (83.4) 11 (89.2) Free
40 KU Leuven 73.8 Belgium 64 (57.0) 36 (73.7) Free
41 University of California, San Diego 73.2 USA 51 (61.2) 55 (66.2) Free
42 McGill University 73.1 Canada 39 (66.4) 44 (70.3) Free
43 University of Hong Kong 73.0 Hong Kong 38 (66.5) 34 (74.5) Free
44 Heidelberg University 73.0 Germany 37 (66.7) 58 (65.0) Free
45 University of Wisconsin–Madison 72.6 USA 35 (68.2) 41 (71.4) Free
46 Technical University of Munich 71.6 Germany 52 (61.0) 43 (70.5) Free
47 Australian National University 71.3 Australia 71 (54.0) 35 (73.9) Free
48 University of California, Santa Barbara 71.2 USA 83 (52.2) 63 (62.6) None
49 HKUST 71.1 Hong Kong 78 (53.2) 53 (66.7) Free
50 University of Texas at Austin 70.8 USA 43 (63.9) 57 (65.9) Free

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