Here are the top 10 Universities in the World according to QS World University Rankings.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT is a private land grant research university and 
 has played a key role in the development of modern technology and science. It is one of the most prestigious and highly-ranked academic institutions in the world.

 2. University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is a public collegiate research university in Cambridge, England. The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society though education, learning and research at the highest international level. 

3. Stanford University

The university is organized around seven schools on the same campus: three consisting of 40 academic departments at the undergraduate level and four professional schools that focus on graduate programs in Law, Medicine, Education and Business.

4. Oxford University 

The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university in Oxford, England. It is known to provide world-class research and education to benefit society on a loacl, regional, national and global scale. 

 5. Harvard University
Harvard is a private Ivy League research university and has three main campuses in Cambridge, Allston and Boston. These all campuses are greatly regarded as the hub of research and innovation.

6. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Caltech is a private research university located in Pasadena, California. It holds a global reputation of excellence in Science and Technology, Engineering and great focus on high-quality research. 

7. Imperial College London (ICE)

Imperial College London has a large international community with more than 59% of its students from outside the UK. It is famous for its courses in Science, Technology, Medicine and Business.

 8. UCL 

Located in London, the excellence of UCL rests in its high-quality research. UCL's research-based teaching methodology is integrated into many of their degrees so that student can make original contribution to their field of study.

 9. ETH Zurich 

 Commonly known as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich or Poly for short, ETH success is based on embracing Swiss fundamental principles of freedom, individual responsibility, entrepreneurial spirit, and an open-minded approach to education.

 10. University of Chicago

It is known for its excellence in the fields of research and advanced study. University of Chicago has influenced undergraduate programs globally through its "Chicago plan" which was designed to ensure a broad-based education and was among the first few in adult education. 

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