Top 10 universities in the world for 2021

This year’s rankings are launched at a challenging time for the whole world, with COVID-19 impacting universities and students alike. The latest QS World University Rankings reveals the top 1,000 universities from around the world, covering 80 different locations. There are 47 new entrants in this year’s top 1,000 while over 5,500 universities were evaluated and considered for inclusion.


Fashion schools rankings, London remains to be the fashion capital of the world

Top fashion design schools in the World, Verbalists

WardrobeTrendsFashion announced the 2016 Best Fashion Schools rankings, featuring top-performing fashion institutions in the world. The Best Fashion Schools rankings evaluate data on more than 300+ fashion schools. London has once again dominated the Fashion Schools Rankings, with five schools featuring in the top ten, more than any city in the world.

Best Fashion Design Schools in the WorldLondon’s Central Saint Martins (CSM), takes the No. 1 spot, followed by London College of Fashion at No. 2 and New York based Parsons School of Design at No. 3. All of these schools are comparable in terms of academics, quality of staff, and amazing campuses.

Studying in a world-renowned fashion school is practically everyone’s dream. London has a long history of developing some of the world’s most renowned fashion designers with Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen an example of just some of London’s former students. If you want to follow in the footsteps of Stella McCartney, contact here the Verbalists Language Network and PRODIREKT group and we will help you find the right English and/or fashion course for you.

The following shortlist of 100 top fashion institutions have been ranked according to 3 factors: learning experience, influence, and value. READ MORE

Top 50 Universities in the World after referring to all the three popular ranking tables


World University Rankings 2016-2017

Rankings are not everything. But, the world university rankings do provide significant information about the standard of a particular university. When it comes to study abroad, almost all international students look up the world university rankings to compare the universities against each other. But, which ranking system is the best; and which league table you should refer to?

According to the recently published Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking, University of Oxford is the No. 1 University in the world for 2016-17. But, last month QS ranking put MIT on the top of the table for 2016-2017. Before that, Harvard University got the coveted position of being the No. 1 University in the Shanghai Ranking, also known as Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

So, which of the three ranking systems is the most reliable one, and which ranking table should be referred by the international students? READ MORE

The top 200 universities in Europe in 2016 – Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Best universities in Europe, Verbalists

When assessed on the number of universities in the top 200 in relation to GDP per capita, which reflects spending power, the UK and Germany rank highest.

Overall 22 countries are represented in the top 200 list, which draws upon data from the 800 universities from 70 countries in the overall THE World University Rankings.

Best universities in Europe 2016: top 200

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2015-2016 results

Rank Institution Country
1 University of Oxford UK
2 University of Cambridge UK
3 Imperial College London UK
4 ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland
5 University College London (UCL) UK
6 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) UK
7 University of Edinburgh UK
8 King’s College London UK
9 Karolinska Institute Sweden
10 LMU Munich Germany
11 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland
12 KU Leuven Belgium
13 Heidelberg University Germany
14 Wageningen University and Research Center Netherlands
15 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
16 Technical University of Munich Germany
17 École Normale Supérieure France
18 University of Manchester UK
19 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
20 Utrecht University Netherlands
21 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
22 Leiden University Netherlands
23 University of Bristol UK
24 Durham University UK
25 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
26 Free University of Berlin Germany
27 University of Groningen Netherlands
28 University of Glasgow UK
28 University of Helsinki Finland
30 University of Tübingen Germany
31 University of Warwick UK
32 Uppsala University Sweden
33 University of Copenhagen Denmark
34 University of Freiburg Germany
35 University of St Andrews UK
36 Maastricht University Netherlands
37 Lund University Sweden
38 University of Exeter UK
39 University of Bonn Germany
40 University of Sheffield UK
41 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) UK
42 University of Göttingen Germany
43 École Polytechnique France
43 University of Basel Switzerland
45 University of Zurich Switzerland
46 Aarhus University Denmark
46 University of Mannheim Germany
48 RWTH Aachen University Germany
48 University of Southampton UK
50 Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa Italy
51 Pierre and Marie Curie University France
52 Ghent University Belgium
53 University of Birmingham UK
54 University of Bern Switzerland
55 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Germany
56 Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands
56 University of Münster Germany
58 Royal Holloway, University of London UK
59 Lancaster University UK
60 University of Geneva Switzerland
60 University of York UK
62 University of Leeds UK
63 University of Oslo Norway
64 Stockholm University Sweden
65 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
66 University of Sussex UK
67 University of Vienna Austria
68 University of Nottingham UK
69 University of Lausanne Switzerland
70 Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
71 University of East Anglia UK
71 University of Twente Netherlands
73 VU University Amsterdam Netherlands
74 KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
75 University of Cologne Germany
76 University of Liverpool UK
77 TU Dresden Germany
78 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
79 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation
80 Pompeu Fabra University Spain
80 University of Reading UK
82 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
82 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
82 University of Leicester UK
85 University of Aberdeen UK
86 University of Barcelona Spain
87 University of Konstanz Germany
88 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
88 University College Dublin Republic of Ireland
90 Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Italy
90 University of Gothenburg Sweden
92 Cardiff University UK
92 University of Bergen Norway
94 University of Dundee UK
94 University of Würzburg Germany
96 Paris-Sud University France
97 University of Antwerp Belgium
98 Ulm University Germany
99 University of Luxembourg Luxembourg
100 Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin Germany
-9 Birkbeck, University of London UK
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon France
Goethe University Frankfurt Germany
Newcastle University UK
Paris Diderot University – Paris 7 France
Queen’s University Belfast UK
St George’s, University of London UK
University of Duisburg-Essen Germany
University of Stuttgart Germany
University of Trento Italy
-9 Joseph Fourier University France
Medical University of Vienna Austria
Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University  Russian Federation
Polytechnic University of Milan Italy
Royal Veterinary College UK
Technical University of Darmstadt Germany
Tilburg University Netherlands
University of Bologna Italy
University of Fribourg Switzerland
University of Kiel Germany
-9 Aalborg University Denmark
Aalto University Finland
Bielefeld University Germany
Chalmers University of Technology Sweden
Copenhagen Business School Denmark
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz Germany
Paris Descartes University France
Sapienza University of Rome Italy
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Sweden
Vienna University of Technology Austria
-9 Aix-Marseille University France
Bayreuth University Germany
Linköping University Sweden
National University of Ireland, Galway Republic of Ireland
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Republic of Ireland
Tomsk Polytechnic University Russian Federation
University of Bath UK
University of Iceland Iceland
University of Liège Belgium
University of Surrey UK
-9 Justus Liebig University Giessen Germany
Ruhr University Bochum Germany
Technical University of Dortmund Germany
Umeå University Sweden
University of Bordeaux France
University of Hohenheim Germany
University of Innsbruck Austria
University of Padua Italy
University of Southern Denmark Denmark
University of Strasbourg France
University of Trieste Italy
University of Turku Finland
-9 Bangor University UK
Kazan Federal University Russian Federation
Montpellier University France
Plymouth University UK
University of Essex UK
University of Milan Italy
University of Turin Italy
Vrije Universiteit Brussel Belgium
-9 Aberystwyth University UK
Autonomous University of Madrid Spain
Leibniz University of Hanover Germany
National Research Nuclear University MePhI Russian Federation
Örebro University Sweden
Toulouse 1 Capitole University France
University of Bremen Germany
University of Kent UK
University of Naples Federico II Italy
University of Navarra Spain
University of Pavia Italy
VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava Czech Republic
-9 Loughborough University UK
Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium
University of Crete Greece
University of Florence Italy
University of Greifswald Germany
University of Milan-Bicocca Italy
University of Stirling UK
Verona University Italy
-9 Instituto Superior Técnico Lisboa Portugal
Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1 France
Polytechnic University of Turin Italy
Swansea University UK
UiT The Arctic University of Norway Norway
University College Cork Republic of Ireland
University of Cyprus Cyprus
University of Eastern Finland Finland
University of Jyväskylä Finland
University of Tartu Estonia
-9 Graz University of Technology Austria
Lille 2 University – Health and Law France
National University of Ireland, Maynooth Republic of Ireland
Norwegian University of Science and Technology Norway
University of Kaiserslautern Germany
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Italy
University of Oulu Finland
University of Rome II – Tor Vergata Italy
University of Rome III Italy
University of St Gallen Switzerland

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 list the best global universities and are the only international university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The latest Shanghai ranking shows continued dominance of the American universities

American universities maintain dominance in latest Shanghai rankings, 2014

US universities continue to dominate the upper echelons of world rankings, taking 16 of the top 20 spots in Shanghai ranking.

The 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) – compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and colloquially known as the “Shanghai ranking” – was released earlier this month with Asian universities, particularly those from China, gaining ground in this year’s list of the world’s top 500 universities.

However, American universities continued their dominance in the Shanghai tables, taking 16 of the top 20 spots, 52 of the top 100, and accounting for 146 of the 500 institutions listed overall. Harvard was named the top university for the 12th year in a row, with Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California, Berkeley, and the UK’s University of Cambridge rounding out the top five.

British universities also fared well, placing three in the top 20 (in addition to Cambridge, Oxford was 9th and University College London 20th) and 38 in the top 500. Germany had 39 universities in the top 500. Switzerland showed strong improvement, with ETH Zurich slipping into 19th spot, joining four other Swiss universities in the top 100, the third highest total among nations.

The 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) – compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
The top 10 institutions in the 2014 Shanghai rankings. Source: ARWU

The Shanghai rankings (see the full list here) also showcase strengths in particular subject disciplines, providing additional tables of the world’s top 200 universities in the fields of natural science and mathematics; engineering/technology and computer sciences; life and agricultural sciences; clinical medicine and pharmacy; and social science. In addition, subject rankings are produced for mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, and economics.

Harvard and other Ivy League universities dominate global rankingsAmerican universities fared particularly well in the subject rankings, with Princeton taking top spot in mathematics, Berkeley in physics and chemistry, Harvard in economics/business, and Stanford in computer science. The mathematics rankings showed perhaps the greatest diversity of universities in the top ten, with two French universities (Pierre and Marie Curie University and University of Paris Sud) joining Cambridge, Oxford, and King Abdulaziz University from Saudi Arabia (which had been 22nd in 2013) in the top ten. All universities placing in the top ten for economics, on the other hand, were American.

China continues slow, steady rise

A closer look at the tables demonstrates the growing strength of Asian universities, in particular universities in China. Chinese institutions vaulted up the rankings and now occupy 44 of the top 500 spots (with 32 based in Mainland China), although only nine managed to rank in the top 200, with Peking University, Tsinghua, and Shanghai Jiao Tong all placing in the 101-150 bracket.

The top-ranked universities from Asia were both Japanese, with the University of Tokyo at number 21 and Kyoto University at 26. Japan was the only nation from East and Southeast Asia to place in the top 100. Singapore’s two leading universities, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) also both showed strong gains.

In all, 16 nations had universities in the top 100 and 42 placed at least one institution in the top 500. Traditional research powerhouse Germany placed four universities in the top 100, with Heidelberg University the top-ranked German institution at 49th. The highest-ranking Australian university was Melbourne at 44th, and the top Canadian entry was the University of Toronto at 24th.

Brazil fared relatively well, with six universities in the top 500, although none reached the top 100. South Africa and Egypt were the only countries in Africa to break the top 500, with Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, KwaZulu-Natal, and Stellenbosch University from South Africa joining the University of Cairo in Egypt among this year’s top-500 institutions.

The Shanghai rankings are compiled on the basis of six measures:

  • the number of alumni winning Nobel prizes and Fields Medals;
  • the number of staff winning Nobel prizes and Fields Medals
  • the number of highly cited researchers;
  • the number of articles published in nature and science;
  • the number of articles indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI);
  • per capita performance (that is, “The weighted scores of the [other] five indicators divided by the number of full-time equivalent academic staff”).

In total, more than 1,200 universities are measured via the ARWU factors each year with the top 500 resulting scores published online in the annual Shanghai tables.

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