Research, teaching, research appointments, industry revenues, and international perspectives. Those are the aspects evaluated by The World University Rankings, of the British magazine ‘Times Higher Education’, to choose the best universities in the world.
The magazine recently issued his sixteenth report, which took into account 1,300 institutions of higher education in the world. Again, those in the United States and the United Kingdom occupy the first place. The University of Oxford (United Kingdom) took first place for the fourth consecutive year. According to the study, 95 percent of graduates of this institution have access to a job or postgraduate studies within the first six months after graduation.
Defining a good institute
Defining the university where you will study your university career is a very important decision in your life since you need to be well prepared to get a good place in the labor market. That is why, when choosing a university, whether public or private, it must meet your professional expectations in the short, medium and long term.
For you to choose a good institution, you must start by doing a thorough research that allows you to compare options and reflect on which university is best for you.
Things to consider before getting admission
Location: An institution close to your home will save you time on your trips and money on your transportation. Maybe also in meals. Having more time will allow you to study at home, have a part-time job or enjoy other activities. Remember that your free time gives you the quality of life.
Costs: You should consider enrollment, tuition and other additional fees (laboratories, languages, material in certain careers, practice visits, etc.). Remember that there are more expensive races than others.
Recognition of Official Validity of Studies: The Recognition of Official Validity of Studies or RVOE, is the validity of the race at the national level. You must bear in mind that the career you are going to study has official validity. If you do not have it, your degree will not entitle you to obtain a professional ID and in many companies and institutions, they will not consider you to be licensed.
Scholarships: See that the university has a real scholarship program to help you. Scholarships normally consider the socioeconomic level and academic performance of the student. There are bases for the granting of scholarships and normally you must provide documentation and pass a selection process. The support can be total or a percentage of your tuition.
International agreement: We live in an increasingly globalized world. In major companies, it is no longer enough to have a career, a graduate or a language to get a good position. International experiences, multicultural knowledge, coexistence with other cultures are also valued. A good part of this experience is obtained by studying or working abroad, especially in a country where a language other than Spanish is spoken, which is yours.
Degree Options: There are already institutions where you automatically qualify. In others, you can do it by completing a year of a diploma. In others, the traditional thesis and professional examination still have to be done. Verify what suits you, and verify the costs of each option. Sometimes getting a degree can cost you money that you didn’t consider.
Educational model: Quality in education is vital for your professional development and should be based on the teaching-learning process. Know what is the academic offer offered by the university and analyze if it meets your objectives.
Teaching staff: It is important that you know the academic degree of the professors (researchers, doctors, specialists), as well as the work experience they have to transmit, to the students, enriching experiences that allow linking education with work.
Student support: The function of the university does not end in the classroom. Look at what other supports they offer you. Notice that the institution has: Job market, Internship, Support for the realization of the Social Service among others.
1. Princeton University
Private University located in Princeton (New Jersey). It has around 4500 students and covers almost all disciplines. It is one of the universities in the USA for the richest foreigners in the world with funds of more than 23,000 million. In addition on many occasions, it has been considered the best university in the world.
2. Harvard University
Private University located in Cambridge (Massachusetts). It has more than 20,000 students and covers almost all disciplines. It is the oldest university in the United States and the richest. It has funds that exceed 37,000 million. In addition, there have been 49 Nobel Prizes
3. University of Chicago
Private University located in Chicago (Illinois). It has more than 16,000 students and 6 schools in the United States: Medicine, Business, Law, Social Services, Education and Policies. 92 Nobel laureates and 13 billionaires have passed through it.
4. Yale University
Private University located in New Haven (Connecticut). It has more than 12,000 students and covers almost all disciplines although it stands out above all in Law. It is the third oldest university in the United States and has the second-largest university library.
5. Columbia University
A private university located in Manhattan (New York). It has more than 20,000 students and covers almost all disciplines. 96 Nobel Prizes, 20 live billionaires, 26 Oscar Award winners, and 29 Head of State, including three Presidents of the United States, have passed through it.
6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Private University located in Cambridge (Massachusetts). It has more than 10,000 students and has a strong emphasis on research, engineering, and technology education. 78 Nobel Prizes have passed through it and it is also considered among the best in the world.
7. Stanford University
A private university located in Palo Alto (California) in Silicon Valley. It has more than 15,000 students and seven schools in the United States: Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Education, Business, Law, and Medicine. She has won 27 Nobel Prizes and is in all the rankings of the best US universities for foreigners.
8. University of Pennsylvania
A private university located in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). It has about 19,000 students and covers almost all disciplines. Since its founding, the university has trained many distinguished personalities among which 14 heads of state (of which two have been presidents of the United States), 25 billionaires and 30 Nobel prizes.
9. Duke University
A private university located in Durham (North Carolina). It has more than 15,000 students and covers almost all disciplines. It is considered one of the best private universities in the United States and for it, 10 Nobel Prizes have passed.
10. California Institute of Technology
A private university located in Pasadena (California). It has 2240 students and specializes in science, technology, and research. For her 34 Nobel Prizes have passed and for that reason, she is considered one of the best American universities more famous of the United States.
11. University of Dartmouth
A private university located in Hanover (New Hampshire). It has more than 6000 students and covers almost all disciplines. Three Nobel Prizes and eight Pulitzer Prizes have passed through it. In addition, the university also stands out in the sports game, where it has 34 university sports teams.
12. Johns Hopkins University
Private University located in Baltimore (Maryland). It has more than 20,000 students and 6 schools in the USA: Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Education and Business. 36 Nobel Prizes have passed through it and it was ranked thirteenth in the rankings of American universities.
13. Northwestern University
A private university located in Evanston (Illinois). It has more than 20,000 students and is recognized worldwide for its US Business Schools (Kellog School of Management), Law (Pritzker School of Law), Medicine (Feinberg School of Medicine), and Journalism (Medill School of Journalism). Among his students, we can find 16 Nobel prizes, 38 Pulitzer prizes and 2 judges of the United States Supreme Court.
14. Brown University
A private university located in Providence (Rhode Island). It has around 7500 students and covers almost all disciplines (more than 100 undergraduate and 50 graduate courses). It is the seventh oldest university in the United States and one of the most prestigious academically.
15. Cornell University
A private university located in Ithaca (New York). It has more than 20,000 students and covers almost all disciplines. 40 Nobel Prizes have passed through it, and it is in the Top 15 of the best universities in the USA that offer scholarships to foreigners.
16. University of California, Berkeley
A public university located in Berkeley (California). It has more than 30,000 students and specializes in engineering, mathematics, and social sciences. 91 Nobel Prizes have passed through it and it was ranked tenth in the ranking of the best universities in the United States in 2017.
17. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
A public university located in Los Angeles (California). It has more than 40,000 students and covers almost all disciplines. It is considered one of the best public US universities in the world and its library is one of the three best in the country.
18. University of Virginia
A public university located in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was founded by Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, and is the only one declared a World Heritage Site for numerous reasons. Among them, it was the first in the country to offer careers in architecture, astronomy or philosophy.
19. Georgetown University
Catholic University located in Georgetown, Washington DC, the capital of the United States. It is the oldest Catholic university in the country and through it have passed numerous and prestigious political positions around the world such as Felipe de Borbón, current king of Spain, Bill Clinton, president of the United States between 1993-2001, Abdullah II of Jordan, current King of Jordan, or Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica between 2010-2014.
20. University of Michigan
A public university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is recognized in all rankings of US universities for foreigners and the world. In large part because it has one of the largest budgets in the country for research.
Remember that choosing a good university will give you the tools to enter the labor market. However, it is in you to harness the potential of the institution. Keep in mind that it will do you no good to have a degree from a renowned university if you do not develop skills and aptitudes to perform your profession.