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The Best Universities in Europe

Several institution, websites, newspapers and organizations publish annual university ranking lists. Take a look at the universities which consistently appear in the top 5 spots on all the ranking lists.

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THE World Ranking
Among Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking for 2014-2015 several European universities make it into the top 30 although the USA
institutions (as usual) take the leading spots. 
  • #3 The University of Oxford, UK
  • #5 University of Cambridge, UK
  • #9 Imperial College London, UK (ties with Yale)
  • #13 ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of technology Zurich
  • #29 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, Germany
The Ranking Web of Universities
This website ranks each continent individually. Their ranking is determined by the university's place in the world ranking list as well as impact rank, presence
rank, openness rank and excellence rank.
  • #1 University of Oxford, UK
  • #2 University of Cambridge, UK
  • #3 Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule ETH Zurich
  • #4 University College London, UK
  • #5 Utrecht University, Germany
The institutions ranked from 5 to 10 include the University of Helsinki, University of Edinburgh, University of Amsterdam, Ludwig Maximilians
Universitat Munchen and Universitat Wien, Austria.
Business Insider Ranking
Business Insider's list of Top 25 Best Universities in Europe is compiled by the Center for World University Rankings. The ranking is based on quality of education, alumni employment, quality of facilities, publications, influence, citations, broad impact and patents.
  • #1 University of Cambridge, UK
  • #2 University of Oxford, UK
  • #3 ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • #4 University College London, UK
  • #5 Ecole Normale Superieure Paris, France
Taking up the 5 to 10 spots are Ecole Polytechnique, Imperial College London, Lomonosov Moscow State University, University of Paris-Sud and
University of Edinburgh.
4icu.org Ranking of European Universities
This ranking list assesses the institutions according to Google page rank, Alexa traffic rank, Majestic SEO referring domains, citation flow and trust flow. The ranking reflects the popularity of the university websites.
  • #1 University of Oxford, UK
  • #2 University of Cambridge, UK
  • #3 ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • #4 University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • #5 University College London, UK
The rankings for 5 to 10 include the University of Vienna, Katholieke Universitat Leuven, Technische Universitat Berlin, Freie Universitat Berlin and Universitat Freiburg, Germany. 
US NEWS Rankings
This reputable ranking system offers a breakdown of colleges according to their position in the global ranking, their research performance and ranking by the international academic community.
  • #1 University of Oxford, UK
  • #2 University of Cambridge, UK
  • #3 Imperial College London, UK
  • #4 University College London, UK
  • #5 ETH Zurich, Switzerland
The University of Edinburgh, Pierre and Marie Curie University Paris, France, University of Munich, University of Manchester and KU Leuven, Belgium complete the top 10.
From these lists Oxford and Cambridge clearly standout as the best universities in Europe. The UK, Germany, Switzerland and France appear to be the European countries with the best tertiary education system.
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