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What are some highest-ranked universities worldwide?

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According to the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) in 2015, the highest-ranked universities in the world are, in descending order: Harvard University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Columbia University, University of California - Berkeley, University of Chicago, Princeton University and Cornell University. Of the top 20 universities in the world, all but five are located in the United States. In addition to Cambridge and Oxford in the United Kingdom, these non-U.S. universities are the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University in Japan, which are ranked 13th and 17th, respectively, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, which is ranked 20th.

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Otherwise, after Cornell University in 10th place, the best universities in the world are listed in descending order as:

  • Yale University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • John Hopkins University
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Some other highly-ranked non-U.S. universities are:

  • Seoul National University, South Korea (24th)
  • University College London, UK (27th)
  • University of Toronto, Canada (32nd)
  • Keio University, Japan (34th)
  • Imperial College London (35th)
  • Ecole Polytechnique, France (36th)
  • Ecole normale superieure - Paris, France (37th)
  • Waseda University, Japan (38th)
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (39th)
  • McGill University, Canada (42nd)
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