Every year sees millions of youngsters and adults alike rushing to embark on a new journey in the pursuit of knowledge. While most universities are known for offering a certain degree of education, there are a few universities that are ahead of the curve and stand heads and shoulders above the competition.
These schools are innovative, forward thinking and offer the best comprehensive courses that will ensure that you graduate with the best qualifications possible. Innovation being the keyword, let’s see which universities encourage creative thinking and the production of unique ideas and products.
1. MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
A majority of the world’s Who’s Who have graduated from the esteemed classrooms of this institute. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, its reputation precedes it and was founded in 1861 with the current campus being opened in 1916. It is often cited for being amongst the world’s top universities. To give you an idea of how many successful entrepreneurs and esteemed individuals have graduated from this university, there are over 85 Nobel laureates, 52 National Medal of Science recipients, 65 Marshall scholars, 45 Rhodes Scholars, 38 MacArthur Fellows, 34 Astronauts and more which have been affiliated with MIT.
2. Stanford University
This prestigious institution was founded in 1885 by Leland Stanford and offered free tuition until 1920. After WW2, Provost Frederick Terman supported entrepreneurialism for faculty and graduates alike to build self-sufficient local industry and thus Silicon Valley was born. This university was always on the forefront of embracing technology and furthering research and was home to a linear accelerator and was one of the 4 ARPANET nodes by 1970. It was the first school to raise more than a billion dollars in a year so if you’re looking to get a great start in life, this university located in California would be your best bet.
3. Imperial College, London
This college was founded by Prince Albert in 1907 and was opened by none other than royalty with Queen Victoria laying the first stone and Queen Elizabeth II opening the Imperial College Business School in 2004. The main campus is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Imperial’s contributions to the world have included the development of holography, fiber optics and the discovery of penicillin. Students from this university receive the highest salary of any UK University so if you’re looking to get set in life with a good pay package, Imperial College would a be a good idea.
4. Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
Located in South Korea, it was established by the Korean government with the help of American policymakers as the nation’s first research oriented science and engineering institution. It has made quantum jumps in interdisciplinary research and has made significant contributions in solutions to energy, environment, water and sustainability as well as looking at carbon dioxide issues.
5. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Located in beautiful Switzerland, this research institute specializes in physical sciences and engineering and is regarded as one of the world’s leading universities. Located in the French speaking part of Switzerland, it operates a nuclear reactor, a Tokamak Fusion reactor, a blue Gene/ Q Supercomputer and P3 biohazard facilities. You’ll have access to state of the art equipment, but all this is no breeze. As the classes are taught in French, you’ll have to be fairly competent in the language as well as be determined to stick it out as the failure rate in the first year is nearly 50% as this is when the real selection process takes place when the average students are weeded out through a series of examinations.
6. Osaka University
One of Japan’s National Seven Universities, it is also the sixth oldest university in Japan and was established in 1724. Many prominent scientists have worked in Osaka University such as the Nobel Laureate Hideki Yukawa. Japan has grown in leaps and bounds with all things related to technology and it is because of its universities that young minds are trained to excel in their fields.
7. Harvard University
Another stellar world renowned University, this is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and its history has made it one of the world’s leading universities. Established in 1636, it is the United States’ oldest institution of learning. The University’s large endowments enable it to offer generous financial aid packages and its library is the world’s largest academic and private library system. The alumni of this prestigious institution include eight US Presidents, several Heads of State, 62 living Billionaires, 335 Rhodes Scholars with over 150 Nobel laureates being affiliated to Harvard as students, faculty or staff. Isn’t this interesting? So if you fancy yourself to become one of the above, get yourself enrolled!
8. KU Leuven
The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven is a Dutch speaking university located in Leuven, Flanders, Belgium. It became Belgium’s first university when it was founded in 1425. It is the largest university in Belgium and is amongst the top ranking universities in the world. A strong research oriented university, the KU Leuven Institute offers many programs in which it excels in.
9. The University of Cambridge
It has the unique distinction of being the second oldest university in the English speaking world and is the world’s fourth oldest surviving university. It is consistently ranked amongst the top universities of the world and has included many eminent mathematicians, politicians, lawyers, writers, actors, scientists and foreign Heads of State with over 92 Nobel laureates and 10 Fields medalists being affiliated with the University.
10. Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)
Located in South Korea, it is dedicated to research and education in science and technology and is regularly featured on the list of the top universities in the world. Established in 1986 by POSCO, one of the world’s leading steel companies, the university excels in educating the youth in science and technology. Apart from having top of the line technology for its departments, it also has gyms and a sports complex to offer an all rounded development of its students.
The list of prestigious universities has grown over the years but also remains consistent with its top ranking colleges as the established universities continue to make ground breaking discoveries of the fields of science and technology. It is the alumni of these institutions that take carry the world forward as we progress further into the 21st century, and it is the students of these universities that ensure we continue to progress at the fast pace that was set by our predecessors. This is education at its finest.