Top Universities in Europe

Title: Top Universities in Europe

Author: QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited

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The Internet, Online, 13/10/2015

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It may be the second-smallest continent on Earth, but Europe claims many of the world’s best educational institutions. In the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16 a total of 338 European universities are featured within the world’s top 800 (roughly 42%). The UK boasts Europe’s highest number of internationally ranked universities with 70 entries, followed by Germany (43) and France (41). Meanwhile Switzerland claims one of the world’s top 10 universities, with a second entrant in the top 15, leading a group of smaller European countries with very strong higher education systems.

Top universities in Austria University of Vienna

A landlocked country in central Europe, Austria shares borders with eight other European nations, including Germany to the north and Italy to the south. It has seven top European universities currently included in the QS World University Rankings. Of these, the top universities in Austria are:

1.      University of Vienna (153rd in the world;  65th in Europe)

2.      Vienna University of Technology (197th in the world;  88th in Europe)

3.      Universität Innsbruck (joint 295th in the world; joint 133rd in Europe)

4.      Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (431-440 in the world; 195th in Europe)

5.      Johannes Kepler University Linz (551-600 in the world; 237th in Europe)

+ 2 more top universities in Austria

Top universities in France Ecole Normale Superieure Paris

France boasts a very extensive selection of top European universities, and an impressive presence in the international rankings, with the majority of its top 10 universities located in the capital city of Paris. The top universities in France are:

1.      Ecolé Normale Supérieure, Paris (23rd in the world; 10th in Europe)

2.      Ecolé Polytechnique (40th in the world; 13th in Europe)

3.      Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC, joint 137th in the world; 57th in Europe)

4.     CentraleSupélec (new this year – joint 156th in the world and joint 68th in Europe)

5.      Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (joint 188th in the world; joint 84th in Europe)

+ 36 more top universities in France

Top universities in Germany Technische Universität München

Offering free tuition to all undergraduate students, regardless of nationality, Germany is the world’s most popular non-Anglophone destination for international students. The top universities in Germany are:

  1. Technische Universität München (60th in the world; 17th in Europe)
  2. Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (66th in the world; 20th in Europe)
  3. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (75th in the world, 25th in Europe)
  4. Kit, Karlsruher Institut Für Technologie (93rd in the world, 35th in Europe)
  5. Freie Universität Berlin (119th in the world, 47th in Europe)

Top universities in Ireland Trinity College Dublin

A relatively small country in Western Europe, Ireland is home to eight world-ranking universities, of which half are located in the capital city, Dublin. The top universities in Ireland are:

1.      Trinity College Dublin (78th in the world; 28th in Europe)

2.      University College Dublin (154th in the world; 66th in Europe)

3.      University College Cork (joint 233rd in the world; joint 104th in Europe)

4.      National University of Ireland, Galway (joint 271st in the world; 124th in Europe)

5.      Dublin City University (353rd in the world; 159th in Europe)

+ 3 more top universities in Ireland

Top universities in Italy University of Bologna

Located in the southern peninsula of the continent and much-loved for its weather, cuisine and beautiful settings, Italy is the fifth most populous country in Europe and boasts 26 internationally ranked universities. The top universities in Italy are:

1.      Politecnico di Milano (187th in the world, 83rd in Europe)

2.      University of Bologna (joint 204th in the world; 91st in Europe)

3.      Sapienza University of Rome (joint 213th in the world; 95th in Europe)

4.      University of Milano (306th in the world; 137th in Europe)

5.      Università Degli Studi Di Padova (joint 309th in the world, 139th in Europe)

+ 21 more top universities in Italy

Top universities in the UK University of Cambridge

Second only to the US in overall rankings presence, the UK has the continent’s largest selection of internationally ranked institutions, and is also the most popular destination to study in Europe. It currently boasts four of the world’s top 10 universities, and seven of the 10 top universities in Europe. The top universities in the UK are:

1.      University of Cambridge (joint 3rd in the world; 1st in Europe)

2.      University of Oxford (6th in the world; 2nd in Europe)

3.      UCL (University College London; 7th in the world; 3rd in Europe)

4.       Imperial College London (8th in the world; 4th in Europe)    

5.      King’s College London (KCL; joint 19th in the world; 7th in Europe)

+ 65 more top universities in the UK

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