On Tuesday, September 5, Times Higher Education released the 2018 world university rankings list. The top position was took by Oxford University, just like last year.
The university ranking are released annually and this year, IISc was ranked as the best university in India. While many universities slipped in the global ranking, top universities managed to maintain their position.
According to Times Higher Education here are a list of top 10 universities in the world:
University of Oxford
University of Oxford is one of the oldest universities in the world. At the university, there are currently 19,718 students, 35 per cent of whom are international students. The university holds a student-teacher ratio of 10.9 and female-male student ratio of 46:54. (source: ox.ac.uk)
University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge has six schools including Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology. According Times Higher Education it houses 150 faculties and 18,605 FTE students, 35 per cent of whom are international students. The university holds a female-male student ratio of 45:55. (Reuters)
California Institute of Technology
Founded in 1981 as “Throop University” and renamed in 1920, the California Institute of Technology has 22,930 alumni and is considered to be the current best university for engineering and technology in the world. The student-teacher ratio is 6.7 and the female-male student ratio here is 31:69. (source: caltech.edu)
The university boast of having 30 living billionaires, 17 astronauts, 18 Turing Award recipients and two Fields Medallists as its alumni. Presently, hosting 15,658 full-time students 22 per cent of whom are international students, there are an average of 7.7 students per staff members and the female-male student ratio is 42:58. (source: stanford.edu)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is an independent, coeducational, private research university based in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It hosts about 1,000 faculty members and more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students. According Times Higher Education, the average number of students per staff member is 8.8 and the female-male student ratio is 37:63. (source: mit.edu)
Harvard University is the oldest university in the US and is regarded as one of the most prestigious in the world. It was named after its first benefactor, John Harvard, who left his library and half his estate to the institution when he died in 1638. The university has 12 schools, a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, two theatres and five museums. The student to staff ratio is 8.9 and 26 per cent of its students are international students. (source: harvard.edu)
Founded in 1746 as the College of New Jersey, it was officially renamed Princeton University in 1896. This university is connected to 17 winners of the National Medal of Science, 40 Nobel laureates and five recipients of the National Humanities Medal. It has a female-male student ratio of 45 : 55 and 23 per cent of its student polulation is composed of international students. (source: princeton.edu)
Imperial College London
Currently, the college is hosting more than 15,000 students and 8,000 staff and provides courses in science, engineering, medicine and business. The student to staff ratio is 11.3 and 52 per cent of its student population is composed of international students. It has a female-male student ratio of 37:63. (source: imperial.ac.uk)
University of Chicago
The University of Chicago came to life in the twilight of the 19th century, with the state of Illinois issuing its official certificate of incorporation in September 1890. There are about 13,525 students this year. There are 6.2 student-staff ratio and 44 : 56 female-male student ratio. (source: uchicago.edu)
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich is considered the current best university in the world for computer sciences. The insitute has 16 departments which conduct academic interdisciplinary research, about 18,616 students this year, 14.9 student-staff ratio and 31 : 69 female-male student ratio. (source: ethz.ch)
From the above, its quite shocking that universities in the united states dominated the list without any African university rated among the best 10 in the world. This shows that education in Africa still have a long way to go.