There are over 9,000 universities in the entire world. But out of top 100 universities in the world, U.S. alone has 42 top universities. Yes, that’s quite a bit. The U.S. has the most number of universities in any country, followed by the United Kingdom. Let’s take a look at some of the world’s top universities.
1. Harvard University (USA):
Ranking in the number 1 spot in the world is Harvard University. It was named after its sponsor, John Harvard of Charlestown, MA. It was founded in 1636 by a vote of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Harvard is America’s oldest college of higher learning. It was opened 140 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed! It started out having 9 students with a single teacher/professor and has progressed to over 52,000 bodies at the college. Harvard University has given 7 presidents to the U.S.
2. Yale University (USA):
Started in 1701, it was opened under the name Collegiate School in Abraham Pierson’s home, in Killingworth, CT. The school then was moved to New Haven in 1716. In 1718, a very thoughtful and generous gift of 9 bales of goods, 417 books, a photograph of King George I was received from Elihu Yale, a Welsh merchant. Upon receiving the gift, the school was renamed Yale College after the name of the donor, Elihu Yale.
By the end of the first hundred years, Yale had grown fast. The Yale School of Medicine was opened in 1810, the Divinity School in 1822, Law School 1824, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in1847. Along with many other schools, Yale awarded the first Ph.D. in the U.S.
3. University of Cambridge (UK)
Ranked 3rd top university in the world, University of Cambridge is amazingly rich in history; the university itself being 800 years old. It is one of the world’s oldest universities. It has an outstanding reputation for academic achievements. The earliest record of Cambridge is from 1209, when dozens of scholars gathered at the ancient Roman trading post of Cambridge solely for the purpose of studying.
In 1284, the first college at Cambridge, Peterhouse was opened by Bishop of Ely. In 1584, the world’s oldest press started. It was called The Cambridge University Press. The press is over 400 years old and publishes even today!
Here are some more of the top universities in the world:
- California Institute of Technology (Caltech), U.S.
- University of Oxford, U.K.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) U.S.
- Johns Hopkins University, U.S.
- Imperial College London, U.K.
- University of Tokyo, Japan
- Australian National University, Australia
- McGill University, Canada
- Kyoto University, Japan
- University of Chicago, U.S.
- University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China