Harvard retained its number one position as the most prestigious university in the world, according to an annual ranking by the Times Higher Education (THE), with MIT in second place, and Stanford in third.
The fourth and fifth positions are held by the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. UC Berkeley, Princeton, Yale , UChicago and Caltech followed, making up the top ten list.
Harvard has produced 47 Nobel Laureates, 32 heads of state and 48 Pulitzer Prize winners; and, 8 of the school’s alumni went on to serve as president of the United States.
Overall, Universities in Asia accounted for 23 of the top 100, with the University of Tokyo placing 11th.
Rounding out the top 20 are the University of Tokyo, Columbia University, UCLA, Tsinghua University, University of Michigan, University College London, Peking University, Imperial College London, UPenn, and London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom.
The top 20 most prestigious universities in the world, 2017:
- Harvard University, United States
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States
- Stanford University, United States
- University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
- University of Oxford, United Kingdom
- University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States
- Princeton University, United States
- Yale University, United States
- University of Chicago (UChicago), United States
- California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States
- University of Tokyo, Japan
- Columbia University, United States
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States
- Tsinghua University, China
- University of Michigan (UMich), United States
- University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
- Peking University, China
- Imperial College London, United Kingdom
- University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), United States
- London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom