Tue, 24 May 2011 09:19:31 GMT | By Anjana Das, India Syndicate

The world's top 10 universities, 2010

Harvard forfeits first place to the University of Cambridge in a league table of the world's top institutions, the first time in the list's seven year history that the Ivy League university has been knocked off the number one spot

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The QS table is based on measures of research quality, graduate employability, teaching and how international the faculties and student bodies are.

Harvard was still most popular among the 5,000 employers polled worldwide, but Cambridge was voted best for research quality in a survey of 15,000 academics and took overall first place. The rankings also use citation counts from a database of academic publishing.

So here are the top 10 universities in the world.

First up: Cambridge University

The world's top 10 universities, 2010

Name: University of Cambridge
Score: 100.00
Location: Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TN United Kingdom

The University of Cambridge (informally Cambridge University, or simply Cambridge) is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second oldest university in both England and the English-speaking world and the seventh oldest university globally.

Academically, Cambridge ranks as one of the world's topmost universities, as well as the leading university in Europe, and contends with Oxford for first place in UK league tables. Affiliates of the University have won more Nobel Prizes than those of any other institution in the world - with 88 Nobel Laureates as of October 4, 2010 - the most recent one being Robert G. Edwards for the prize in physiology or medicine. The University is a member of the Russell Group of research-led British universities, the Coimbra Group, the League of European Research Universities and the International Alliance of Research Universities. It forms part of the 'Golden Triangle' of British universities.

Courses offered
There is a variety of options for studies at Cambridge - undergraduate studies, graduate studies, conferences and part-time courses for adult learners and executive education and training are just some of the numerous learning opportunities available here.

Most well known for/Specialises in
Although diversified in its research and teaching interests, Cambridge today maintains its strength in mathematics.

Prominent faculty (including Indians)
Prominent current members of the Faculty of Economics include Sir Partha Dasgupta, who has been President of both the Royal Economic Society and the European Economic Association and Professor David Newbery, who has also been President of the European Economic Association. Other current Faculty members are closely involved in a number of governmental and international advisory panels and research groups.

Famous Alumni
Among the most famous of Cambridge polymaths is Sir Isaac Newton, who spent the majority of his life at the university and conducted many of his now famous experiments within the grounds of Trinity College. Sir Francis Bacon, responsible for the development of the Scientific Method, entered the university when he was just twelve, and pioneering mathematicians John Dee and Brook Taylor have also studied at this prestigious university.

Admission procedure/cycle (month/date)
Graduate students operate on the basis of the academic year which extends beyond the end of the Easter Term. The Academic year commences on 1st October and finishes on 30th September each year. Dates for General Admission (the degree ceremony mainly for undergraduate awards) and other degree ceremonies are listed separately. Graduands should check with their College's Praelector to find on which of the dates their College will be represented.

Tentative cost of courses
£3,290 per year. Details of the costs expected are available from the University Graduate Studies Prospectus.

Scholarships offered
The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Cambridge Overseas Trust offer part-cost and a limited number of full-cost awards to overseas (non-EU) students, including affiliated students, who have been accepted for admission by a Cambridge College. To apply for funding through the Trusts, you must have been offered a place at one of the Colleges, at which point the College will ask you to complete an application form. All awards are allocated based on academic merit, and are means-tested.

Presence in India
For over 150 years, Cambridge has been attracting students and scholars from India, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in their fields of arts, humanities, science, politics to name but a few areas. The connections with India are not however only one way and there are numerous instances of Cambridge academics and students spending time in India on their own for fieldwork visits or with their collaborators and partner institutions. Detailed information about the University's long-standing connections with India can be found at the 'Cambridge India Partnership' website.

In addition to the academic linkages, the University is also present in India through its two subsidiary businesses - namely Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press - as well as the network of alumni societies.

Also read
World's Top 50 Universities: No. 11-20
World's Top 50 Universities: No. 21-30
World's Top 50 Universities: No. 31-40
World's Top 50 Universities: No. 41-50

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