For a long time, England was the most powerful empire in the world. Its power brought along culture and hence the establishments of university centers like Oxford and Cambridge, which in turn were a positive influence to the rest of the world.
England has been a cradle for great scientists and free thinkers who were brought up in its excellent university system.
Thus, the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford have always ranked among the first places on different world university rankings, and are equal competitors to American institutions such as Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University and famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology or MIT.
As said by the Times Good University Guide 2011ranking, these are the top ten English universities:
1. University of Oxford, located in London.
2. University of Cambridge, located in London.
3. Imperial College London, located in London.
4. University of St Andrews, located in Scotland.
5. London School of Economics and Political Science, located in London.
6. University of Durham, located in the city with the same name.
7. University College London, located in London.
8. University of Warwick, located in the city with the same name.
9. University of York, located in the city with the same name.
10. University of Lancaster, located in the city with the same name.
Mayfield University’s “The Complete University Guide 2012” has been published for 20 years, and it evaluates English universities’ performance in nine quality factors. These are the results for 2012.
1. University of Cambridge, overall score 1,000.
2. University of Oxford, overall score 992.
3. Imperial College London, overall score 940.
4. London School of Economics and Political Science, overall score 928.
5. Durham University, overall score 890.
6. University of St Andrews, overall score 854.
7. University College London, overall score 842.
8. University of Warwick, overall score 822.
9. Lancaster University, overall score 820.
10. University of Bath, overall score 800.
11. University of Bristol, overall score 794.
12. University of York, overall score 790.
13. University of Edinburgh, overall score 782.
14. University of Southampton, overall score 774.
15. University of Exeter, overall score 768.
The University of Oxford is located in the city with the same name, and is considered the oldest university in the English-speaking world. There is evidence it has been running since the XI century. The University of Oxford has had over 180,000 graduates throughout its history.
It currently has 21,000 students (undergraduate and postgraduate) from 140 countries; 53% of them study humanities and social sciences; 44% are in technological and health careers; the remainder is in ongoing education courses.
The University of Oxford is a cradle to great science men; among them there are 47 Nobel Prize winners, and politicians not just from England but from many countries. It is organized into 39 colleges. Further information can be found in the University of Oxford’s website: http://www.ox.ac.uk/.
The University of Cambridge is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world. In some rankings it has the first place. This shows their true level. The University of Cambridge has 29 colleges, three of which are exclusively for female students, and four of which are for postgraduate students. It was founded in the XII century. For further information, visit the university´s website: http://www.cam.ac.uk/.