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MIT Ranked the Best University in the World

Way, way East. A new survey finds that the most employable graduates come from Oxford and Cambridge, even though a U.S. school ranks highest overall.


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Want bragging rights? Go to MIT. Want a job after you graduate? Go to Oxford or Cambridge. Those are some of the findings of a new ranking of global universities, released Tuesday. Six of the 10 top universities were American, with MIT taking top honors, and the remaining four British, the QS World University Rankings said. The rankings judge colleges by research, teaching, employability and internationalization. Tied for No. 2 were the University of Cambridge and London's Imperial College, which was the biggest climber in the top 10, leapfrogging Harvard, University College London and the University of Oxford.

"In the wake of the recession, both governments and private sector funding sources are placing greater emphasis on high-impact STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research, much of which takes place in specialist institutions," QS head of research Ben Sowter said in a news release. The other universities in the top 10 were Stanford, the California Institute of Technology, Princeton and Yale. Students focused on finding a job post-college might want to consider heading to the U.K. The study found that Cambridge and Oxford turned out the most "employable" graduates.

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