Which are the top 10 universities in the world?

By: Mariya Lu | 19 September 2021


Tom Jones

19 September 2021

Top 10 Universities in the World 2021

There are many university ranking rating agencies in the world and they prepare their ranking list based on various criteria such as academic research performance, teaching performance, research opportunities, knowledge transfer, etc...

Actually, there are more than 10 points on which the universities ranking are prepared. The different rating agency has a different rating for the universities, Below I'm going to list some top rating agencies list of the top 10 universities in the world as of 2021

QS World University Rank 2021

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  2. University of Oxford
  3. Stanford University
  4. University of Cambridge
  5. Harvard University
  6. California Institute of Technology
  7. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
  8. UCL (University College London)
  9. University of Chicago
  10. National University of Singapore (NUS)

The World University Rank 2021

  1. University of Oxford
  2. Stanford University
  3. Harvard University
  4. California Institute of Technology
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  6. University of Cambridge
  7. The University of California, Berkeley, US
  8. Yale University
  9. Princeton University
  10. University of Chicago

Shiksha Popularity Rank

  1. Harvard University
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  3. Stanford University
  4. California Institute of Technology
  5. University of Cambridge
  6. Princeton University
  7. University of Oxford
  8. Yale University
  9. University of Chicago
  10. The University of California, Berkeley, US

I have mentioned the list of the top 3 university rating agencies i.e. QS World University Rank 2021, THE World University Rank 2021, and Shiksha Popularity Rank. This was the most frequently asked question by students, I hope this answer will help students to choose a university according to their requirements. Below I'm going to mention some basic details about the above-listed universities.

University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is the second oldest university in the world. Oxford University is one of the prestigious universities in the world. Oxford University was founded in 1096 ( there is evidence of teaching 1096), The University of Cambridge was originated from the University of Oxford in 1209 after a dispute between students and Oxford townsfolk. These two universities have many common features and they are combinedly called Oxbridge.

Oxford University has given not only knowledge to the world but it also has severed a lot for humanity, in 2020 - 21 during the COVID-19 pandemic the research team of the university given the world hope in form of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The University of Oxford is an autonomous university, it has 39 semi-autonomous constituent colleges and 6 permanent private halls, and 50+ academic departments which are organized into four divisions. All colleges have full freedom to organize their own internal structure and activities. Unlike other universities, Oxford University does not have any main campus and all students are members of a college.

Harvard University

Harvard University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, It is the oldest university in the United States for higher education. Harvard University was founded in 1936 and the name of the university was derived from the name of John Harvard. John Harvard was a clergyman and minister in Colonial America, He was the first benefactor of Harvard University.

Harvard has ten academic faculties and it offers undergraduate and graduate study courses. Harvard is popular for its professional courses. Undergraduate courses are offered only by Arts and Sciences faculties and other faculties offer only graduate courses. Harvard alumni have won more Nobel Prizes than any other university alumni in the world. Harvard University also has given a huge number of Olympians,  Academy Awards winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, and many founders of the world's top companies.

This was a short detail about the top 10 universities in the world. I have mentioned three lists that are based on various university ranking rating agencies. You will see there is a different order of the ranking in the lists because the ranking measuring criteria and their valuations of the agencies are different from each other. I hope this piece of information will help you to choose a better university for your career.

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19 September 2021


  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States
  2. Stanford University, United States
  3. Harvard University, United States
  4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States
  5. University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  6. University of Cambridge, United States
  7. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Switzerland
  8. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  9. University of Chicago, United States
  10. UCL (University College London), United Kingdom

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