Times Higher Education ranked Oxford as Britain’s leading university in 2015-2016. All the ten rated institutions also assume positions in the global top 50 universities. These institutions of learning offer relevant courses in fields such as medicine, technology, law, business, and social sciences and pride in successful alumni.
10. University of Warwick -
The University of Warwick was started by a government initiative in 1965, founded in Coventry, England. The University boasts an estimated 18,500 students, 38% of whom are from countries outside of the United Kingdom (UK). The institution’s courses are divided into Social Sciences, Medicine, Science, and Arts faculties. Notable alumni include Stephen Merchant (a television producer), Yakubu Gowon (a former head of state of Nigeria) and Germaine Greer (a film director).
9. University of Bristol -
The University of Bristol welcomed its first students in 1876 to its campus in the city of Bristol, England. The University is home to about 18,500 students, with 25% of them being international learners. The courses offered range from Computer Science, Engineering, Arts and Humanities, and Economics. Notable alumni from the University include playwright Harold Pinter and actor Simon Pegg.
8. University of Manchester -
This University is found in Manchester City, England. The University came into being in 2004 through the integration of two universities. Nearly 40,000 students take classes at the University, ranging from Medicine, Humanities, and Engineering. Notable alumni include scientist Michael Smith and architect Norman Foster.
7. King’s College, London -
King’s College London is situated in the capital city of London. The Duke of Wellington and King George IV collaborated to establish the University in 1829. Approximately 28,000 students study at the University, with 40% being postgraduate applicants. The University accepts significant populations of international students, where one in every five students is from a country outside of the UK.The University is recognized primarily in the fields of Social Sciences, Law, and Humanities. Notable alumni include Florence Nightingale, who pioneered modern nursing, and Abd al-Rahman Al-Bazzaz, a former Prime Minister of Iraq.
6. University of Edinburgh -
The University of Edinburgh was established in 1582 in Edinburgh, Scotland. During the Age of Enlightenment, the University assumed an important role in establishing Edinburgh as an intellectual center, a reputation the city holds till this day. The University’s courses mainly focus around Medicine, Engineering, Science, and Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines. About 35,000 applicants get places in the University which have produced some of the world’s top leaders and pioneers. Notable alumni include natural scientist Charles Darwin, Julius Nyerere, who was the first President of Tanzania, and writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
5. London School of Economics and Political Science -
This University was established in 1895 in the heart of London. It is renowned for its research excellence as well as for offering relevant courses in the fields of Law, Economics, Politics, Management, Accounting, and Finance. The University regularly holds lectures which feature leading individuals, notably Nelson Mandela and Professor Krugman. The University is home to a significant number of international students over 70% of the student’s body is from outside the UK. The admission board is very particular on academic excellence, requiring A grades from the applicant. The university has produced over 30 heads of state and approximately 16 Nobel Prize winners. Notable alumni include entrepreneur George Soros and easyJet founder Stelios Hajiloannou.
4. University College London -
When the University College of London was established in 1826, it made history by accepting both women and men applicants on equal terms. The University’s main campus is situated in Bloomsbury, central London. The University is home to an estimated 38,000 students, with half of them from other countries. The most competitive course in regarding admission is Philosophy, Politics, and Economics which is applied for by an excess of 30 applicants for a single place. Telecommunications visionary Alexander Graham Bell and Josephine Barnes, the first woman to head the British Medical Association, list among the historical alumni of the university.
3. Imperial College London -
The Imperial College London is situated in London, with campuses scattered throughout the city. The University was founded by Prince Albert in 1907, with an aim to uplift society through innovation in science. The institution is highly ranked in the fields of Science, Medicine, Engineering, and Technology. The University attracts students from different nationalities, who make up nearly a third of the total student’s pool. The University has produced some globally acclaimed minds, including natural scientist Thomas Huxley, engineer Stanley Hooker, mathematician Vincent Blondel, and mathematician David Balding.
2. University of Cambridge -
The University of Cambridge is situated in Cambridge, England. The university was established by a group of scholars in 1209 who were fleeing from conflict with Oxford townsmen. The institution is commonly associated with the University of Oxford due to an age-long rivalry, similarity of structures and coordination in multiple programs as well. The university has a competitive system of application and requires academic excellence and an intellectual promise from all the applicants. Over the 16,456 candidates who applied in 2015-2016, only 3,556 were awarded places. The University offers a broad range of majors, from Classics, Law, Archaeology, and Engineering to Linguistics. Notable alumni include computer engineer Martin Brennan and theoretical physicist Steven Hawking.
1. University of Oxford -
The University of Oxford is internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The city of Oxford houses the institution, some 60 miles from the capital London. The University of Oxford prides in a rich history. Throughout the 11th and 12th Centuries, teaching took place in Oxford, and a University was founded at the end of the 12th Century, fueled by the directive from Henry II which banned students from studying at the University of Paris. In modern day, University of Oxford is one of the world’s leading institutions of higher learning and competition for admission is subsequently cut-throat. In 2015 for example, 18,000 undergraduate hopefuls applied for 3,200 opportunities while 5,200 postgraduate places attracted 24,000 applicants. The university is divided into colleges and students’ life, and recreation mainly revolves around the college. Courses with the majority of applicants are Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Law and Medicine. The university has produced some of the world’s accomplished individuals in various fields. Notable alumni have included 26 British Prime Ministers, composer Sir Lennox Berkeley, novelist William Golding, and former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
About the Author
Benjamin Elisha Sawe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Statistics and an MBA in Strategic Management. He is a frequent World Atlas contributor.
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