|Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts|
A special Hat Tip to Nebraska Energy Observer for an excellent post about how, according to research carried out by Shanghai's Jiaotong University, 42 of the world's 50 best universities are in the English-speaking world.
There are six factors for placement on the list, including the "number of Nobel Prize winners, number of ‘highly cited’ researchers and the number of articles published by leading magazines in their field.
Harvard leads the list and is one of 35 American universities in the top 50. There are also 5 British and 2 Canadian universities among those deemed best in the world.
|University of Cambridge|
TOP 50 ACADEMIC RANKING OF WORLD UNIVERSITIES 2013
|University College, University of Toronto|
Why is the Anglosphere, and particularly the United States, still the overwhelming leader in higher education? The Nebraska Energy Observer offers a thoughtful explanation:
"The old heritage of freedom in the English-speaking world still holds. Free, fun, and unbridled inquiry is what has driven our countries to be the leaders in the modern world, and for all our problems (which are manifold, and hurting us) we are still the standard which the rest of the world is trying (unsuccessfully) to catch."