In an effort to highlight universities that offer educations of superior quality and participate in ground-breaking research, a U.K.-based higher education analytics company has released its annual rankings of the best universities in the world.

Quacquarelli Symonds based the rankings on data from 1,000 of the world’s best universities. American universities are prominent in the top 10, although other schools beyond the U.S. also ranked high on the list.

The 10 best universities in the world for 2019 are:

10. University College London (UCL)
Country: United Kingdom

9. University of Chicago
Country: United States

8. Imperial College London
Country: United Kingdom

7. ETH Zurich—Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Country: Switzerland

6. University of Cambridge
Country: United Kingdom

5. University of Oxford
Country: United Kingdom

4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Country: United States

3. Harvard University
Country: United States

2. Stanford University
Country: United States

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Country: United States

MIT has earned the top ranking on the QS list for seven consecutive years, a feat which no other university has matched or exceeded. According to CNBC, “Stanford University, Harvard University and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) also retained their positions at second, third and fourth in the world respectively.”

Outside of the U.S., Oxford University earned the highest ranking — one spot above its rival, Cambridge.

“We owe this result to the talent and commitment of our academic staff and to our network of research collaborators across the continent and across the globe,” said Professor Louise Richardson, vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford. “We are particularly proud to have secured the top spot in Europe and very much hope that we will be able to maintain this position as the U.K. withdraws from the European Union.”

Only one university outside of the United States and the United Kingdom earned top 10 honors. ETH Zurich, located in Switzerland, focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and placed seventh in the 2019 rankings.


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