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25 Best Universities In Europe: Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, And ETH Zurich Tops 2016-2017 Rankings

The University of Oxford, United Kingdom

The University of Oxford ranked as Europe’s top university in this year’s Times higher education world university rankings. Among the top 25 European universities, University of Cambridge is ranked 2nd, Imperial College London 3rd, Switzerland’s ETH Zurich 4th, and the University College London 5th.

Europe is one of the world’s most popular destination for overseas students. Oxford’s rise can be attributed to its growing international reach: Research funding rose 10% and total income rose to $1.83 billion.

After London School of Economics and Political Science in the No. 6 slot, the University of Edinburgh, Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and Germany’s LMU Munich rounded out the top 10.

The publication ranked 980 of the world’s leading research universities, drawing on 150 separate data points. The survey takes into account a variety of indicators, including quality of teaching and research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

These are the top 25 best universities in Europe:

1. University of Oxford, United Kingdom

2. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

3. Imperial College London, United Kingdom

4. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland

5. University College London, United Kingdom

6. London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

7. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

8. Karolinska Institute, Sweden

9. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

10. LMU Munich, Germany

11. King’s College London, United Kingdom

12. KU Leuven, Belgium

13. Heidelberg University, Germany

14. Technical University of Munich, Germany

15. University of Manchester, United Kingdom

16. Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

17. Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

18. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

19. Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

20. École Normale Supérieure, France

21. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

22. University of Bristol, United Kingdom

23. Free University of Berlin, Germany

24. Leiden University, Netherlands

25. RWTH Aachen University, Germany

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