US Tops List of World's Best Colleges

Based on a list recently published by the QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a leading global career and education network, the United States offers more high-quality colleges and universities than any other country in the world, boasting 58 schools in the Top 200 and 6 in the Top 10.


The only nation to compete with the US’ big numbers was the United Kingdom, putting up a respectable 29 schools in the Top 200 and 4 in the Top 10. Educational institutes in Australia, Canada and Japan also ranked well with voters, with Israel making its first appearance at a respectable #93 (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

The QS World University Rankings 2008, the fifth edition of the Times’ popular list, is compiled from the surveys of nearly 9,000 academics and employers. It focuses primarily on academic excellence, global reputation, staff-to-student ratios and current trends in business.

This year’s list seemed to spotlight technology-based institutions, with schools like Caltech, MIT and the ETH Zurich all climbing towards the top of the list. Experts believe that this rise may be due to a societal need for engineers and scientists, as well as an academic need for technology professionals in the classroom.

Topping the list for the fifth consecutive time is Harvard University, followed closely by Yale, Cambridge, Oxford, Caltech, Imperial College, UCL, University of Chicago, MIT and Columbia.

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