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Global universities in Europe excelling in research

Europe has risen in popularity in recent times owing to the political uncertainty and immigration restrictions that have been imposed in the USA, causing students to rethink their education abroad in the USA. It is not only this but also the fact that a lot of universities in Europe provide an excellent opportunity for students to engage in research and intensive courses, eventually earning degrees that are recognized worldwide. Europe too has its fair share of top-ranking universities, with quite a few of them concentrated in the British region; such as the Kings College London, which is ranked in the top 5 universities in the world for its Dentistry course. However, there are many more universities that offer top-notch research opportunities and are worth having a glance over-

Sorbonne Universite, located in France, is the product of the amalgamation of two renowned higher education universities – Paris-Sorbonne and Pierre and Marie Curie University. The university is ranked number 83 in the world in the QS 2021 top world universities ranking. A particularly awe-inspiring number is the 3,400 professor-researchers it has in its faculty, providing students with the opportunity to experience hands-on research.

King’s College of London, as we already discussed, is one of the top universities located in London. Its alumni list boasts the likes of the famous poets Thomas Hardy and Florence Nightingale, and the prominent scientist Peter Higgs, who researched the existence of the Higgs-Boson (God) particle. Ranked number 31 in the world by the QS 2021 world university rankings, the university is also one of the oldest institutions in England. The university is particularly well known for its science, law and health courses.

The University of Copenhagen, located in Copenhagen, Denmark, is another leading research university, located in the beautiful country of Denmark. Ranked number 76 in the QS world university rankings, the public university partners with leading private sector companies such as GSK (Glaxo Smith Kline) and Microsoft. The university has a research-led outlook, with collaboration agreements being signed every year with public and private companies. It is also ranked in the top 20 in the world for its Anatomy and Physiology courses.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the most prestigious universities located in Scotland, United Kingdom. The university’s alumni include Winston Churchill and world-famous author, Arthur Conan Doyle. Ranked number 20th in the world in the QS 2021 top universities ranking, the university has been at the forefront of providing a world-class education since 1583. The university ranks particularly highly for its Arts and Humanities courses and is also ranked fourth in the UK for the quality of its research. Apart from the rankings, the 19 Noble Prize winners that the university has been associated with, certainly stand testament to its research quality.

While Switzerland is particularly known for its hospitality courses, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, located in Zurich, is well-known for its intensive technology and engineering courses. Particularly, its alumni list includes Albert Einstein, who even taught physics at the university for a period. The university is ranked 6th in the world by the QS world universities ranking 2021. The university has nurtured 21 Nobel Laureates, including Albert Einstein himself. It is ranked number 1 in the world for courses such as Geophysics and has a graduate employability ranking of 17.

The Imperial College of London, based in South Kensington, London, has earned a name for itself for its teaching pedagogy involving a highly research-led education, which aims to engage and involve students in multi-cultural and diverse teams. Ranked very high for its Engineering courses, the college is also in the top ranks for its graduate employability. It has also seen its fair share of industry-leaders pass out from its portals, including the likes of Cyrus Mistry and Kavin Bharti Mittal. The college’s heavy emphasis on pioneering research which aims to solve problems plaguing the global community, combined with a vastly diverse and intercultural approach to learning, has given the college a gold status in the research world. Lastly, a whopping 59% of students on campus in 2018-19 were non-UK residents, representing 140 countries, promising any student to feel at home in the college.

Again, a top 10 university, the University College of London has been ranked as the number 1 university for Education and training in the world, and it consistently appears in the top 10 for other subjects such as medicine and pharmacy and pharmacology. UCL is world-renowned for its research output, offering over 675 post-graduate taught, research and initial teacher education programmes. With 29 Nobel Laureates among its student and staff, the UCL offers a cutting-edge education which is based firmly in the university’s ideals of research which crosses traditional boundaries. Boasting on its alumni list, the likes of legendary director Christopher Nolan, the inventor of the telephone Alexander Graham Bell, and other prominent personalities such as Christ Martin and John Stuart Mill, UCL has also firmly planted its feet in the world of art and theatre.

One of the premier higher education universities of the world, the University of Cambridge, established in 1206, is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world. But, don’t let that deceive you into thinking that this university is in any way inferior. Ranked number 7 in the top 10 universities of the world by QS in 2020, and consistently in the top 10 for subject wise rankings in engineering, anatomy, physiology and many more subjects, Cambridge has earned a name for itself as a prestigious and prominent higher education institution. Residing in Cambridge, 50 miles north of London, the university has witnessed some of the most eminent personalities in the world graduate from its portals. The likes of John Maynard Keynes, the man behind the Keynesian model of economics, David Attenborough, and Srinivasa Ramanujan are present on the University’s extraordinary alumni list.

Needing very little introduction, The University of Oxford was founded in 1096 and has appropriately earned the accolade for being one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world. From royalty to industrialists, this university has garnered attention from prominent personalities. The University, nestled in the medieval setting of Oxford, with its ancient buildings and famous “spires”, has been consistently ranked in the top 10 of the QS world universities rankings, and also in the top 10 universities for subjects such as Medicine and Engineering. It has also seen the likes of Indira Gandhi, Bill Clinton, Malala Yousafzai and other numerous Nobel Laureates and Olympic winners graduate from its sprawling spires.

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