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  • Harvard and Yale are often referred to as the best of the best

  • But when it comes to the highest ranked universities

  • these and other Ivy League schools don't even cracked the Top 5

  • So what are the world's best universities?

  • Well, according to an index by the Times Higher Education

  • Stanford ranks third in the world

  • Most people associate Stanford with Tech capital "Silicon Valley"

  • which is where the school is located

  • and in fact it is largely because of Stanford

  • that the region is now the global capital of entrepreneurship and technology

  • In the 1940s and 50s

  • the university heavily encouraged students and faculty to start their own companies

  • eventually leading the companies like Google and Snapchat

  • and still today the school is known to produce some of the most successful entrepreneurs

  • A Stanford degree is extremely high demand

  • and the school maintains the lowest acceptance rate in the country

  • It admits less than 5% of applicants

  • Much of Stanford's credibility and desirability come from an impressive list of alumni

  • which includes Chelsea Clinton, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and president John F. Kennedy

  • Even better than Stanford is the California Institute of Technology

  • also known as Caltech

  • The university is predominantly focus on engineering, technology and applied sciences

  • In the 1930s, the university founded NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • which builds space robots and conducts astronomy missions

  • Caltech continues to manage JPL and the two work together on dozens of space missions

  • The school's faculty and the alumni include 34 Nobel Laureates

  • and according to a 2015 study, more Caltech graduates go on to earn PhD than any other alma mater

  • But the best university in the world is located outside of the United States

  • Oxford University in the UK is regularly ranked first

  • Compared to Caltech and Stanford, Oxford is enormous

  • with 44 colleges and more than 100 libraries

  • It's also one of the oldest universities with historian tracing instructions as far back as the 11th century

  • Oxford's ascension to the Top comes in part from its exceptionally high research income

  • Between 2014 and 2015, charities, individuals and businesses funded nearly 680 million dollars into the university for research

  • Oxford is also home to the largest university press, and one of the oldest and most prestigious scholarships - The Rhodes Scholarship

  • While there are many lists ranking colleges around the world

  • most tend to rank these three schools near the top

  • Although most of the top schools are in the west, a number of schools in China are quickly making their way up the list

  • Over the last 2 decades, China has invested more than 30 billion dollars in its best universities

  • And it seems to be working

  • The number of Chinese universities in the top 200 doubled in 2016

  • with Beijing's Peking University ranking highest, although still only in 42nd place worldwide

  • Chinese parents are known to send their children to study in the United States

  • However, with China's own universities on the rise

  • we may someday see the tables turn

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  • So the best schools don't seem to be a part of the Ivy League

  • but these eight private universities are still in high demand

  • and taking millions of dollars every year

  • So why is the Ivy League so powerful? Find out in this video

  • Together the eight schools in dominance add up to nearly $120 billion dollars

  • that's roughly equal to the entire worth of the US state of Arkansas

  • Harvard leads the pack by a large margin

  • reporting a nearly $40 billion dollar in 2015

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