Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The World's Top 100 Universities - 2009

Growing up, I learned quickly that education is the key to success because it forms your mind, character and physical ability. All across the world, there're academic institutions designed to educate individuals. Basically, these institutions educate us on three levels - primary (elementary) education, secondary education and higher education. I don't know about you, but my parents understood the importance of quality education. Hence, they did not only send my siblings and I to school - they enrolled us in the best schools in Cameroon, namely: Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School, Mankon, Bamenda; Saint Augustine's College; Bishop Rogan College, Small Soppo; Saint Bede's College, Ashing - Kom; Government Bilingual High School (G.B.H.S), Bamenda; Government Technical High School (G.T.H.S), Bamenda. Which schools did you attend? I bet the schools you attended didn't only make you able to compete in the labour market, but made you who you are, as a person. Correct me if I'm wrong! The calibre of person I'm today is a testament of the fact that education is a fundamental tool for creating responsible and empowered citizens of the world.

That said, while looking at the QS World University Rankings 2009, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that LUND University - where I pursued a Master's degree in International Human Rights Law and International Labour Rights - is among the World's Top 100 universities. Below is the list of the World's top 100 universities for 2009:

2009 rank School Name Country

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HARVARD University United States
2 University of CAMBRIDGE United Kingdom
3 YALE University United States
4 UCL (University College London) United Kingdom
5= IMPERIAL College London United Kingdom
5= University of OXFORD United Kingdom
7 University of CHICAGO United States
8 PRINCETON University United States
9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (m... United States
10 California Institute of Technology (calt... United States
11 COLUMBIA University United States
12 University of PENNSYLVANIA United States
13 JOHNS HOPKINS University United States
14 DUKE University United States
15 CORNELL University United States
16 STANFORD University United States
17 AUSTRALIAN National University Australia
18 Mcgill University Canada
19 University of MICHIGAN United States
20= ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of T... Switzerland
20= University of EDINBURGH United Kingdom
22 University of TOKYO Japan
23 KING'S College London United Kingdom
24 University of HONG KONG Hong Kong
25 KYOTO University Japan
26 University of MANCHESTER United Kingdom
27 CARNEGIE MELLON University United States
28 Ecole Normale Superieure, PARIS France
29 University of TORONTO Canada
30 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
31 BROWN University United States
32= NORTHWESTERN University United States
32= University of California, Los Angeles (u... United States
34 University of BRISTOL United Kingdom
35 HONG KONG University of Science And Tech... Hong Kong
36= École Polytechnique France
36= University of MELBOURNE Australia
36= University of SYDNEY Australia
39 University of California, BERKELEY United States
40 University of BRITISH COLUMBIA Canada
41 University of QUEENSLAND Australia
42 Federal Polytechnic School of LAUSANNE Switzerland
43= OSAKA University Japan
43= TRINITY College Dublin Ireland
45 MONASH University Australia
46 The Chinese University of HONG KONG Hong Kong
47= SEOUL National University Korea, South
47= University of NEW SOUTH WALES Australia
49= TSINGHUA University China
49= University of AMSTERDAM Netherlands
51 University of COPENHAGEN Denmark
52= NEW YORK University (nyu) United States
52= PEKING University China
54 BOSTON University United States
55= Technical University of MUNICH Germany
55= TOKYO Institute of Technology Japan
57 HEIDELBERG University Germany
58 University of WARWICK United Kingdom
59 University of ALBERTA Canada
60 LEIDEN University Netherlands
61= The University of AUCKLAND New Zealand
61= University of Wisconsin-madison United States
63= AARHUS University Denmark
63= University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I)
United States
65 Catholic University of LEUVEN Belgium
66 University of BIRMINGHAM United Kingdom
67= London School of Economics And Political... United Kingdom
67= LUND University Sweden
69 Kaist - Korea Advanced Institute of Scie... Korea, South
70= University of YORK United Kingdom
70= UTRECHT University Netherlands
72 University of GENEVA Switzerland
73= Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore
73= WASHINGTON University In St. Louis United States
75 UPPSALA University Sweden
76= University of CALIFORNIA, San Diego United States
76= University of TEXAS At Austin United States
78 University of NORTH CAROLINA, Chapel Hil... United States
79 University of GLASGOW United Kingdom
80 University of WASHINGTON United States
81 University of ADELAIDE Australia
82 University of SHEFFIELD United Kingdom
83 DELFT University of Technology Netherlands
84 University of WESTERN AUSTRALIA Australia
85 DARTMOUTH College United States
86 GEORGIA Institute of Technology United States
87= PURDUE University United States
87= University of ST ANDREWS United Kingdom
89 University College DUBLIN Ireland
90 EMORY University United States
91 University of NOTTINGHAM United Kingdom
92= NAGOYA University Japan
92= University of ZURICH Switzerland
94 Free University of BERLIN Germany
95= NATIONAL TAIWAN University (NTU) Taiwan
95= University of SOUTHAMPTON United Kingdom
97 TOHOKU University Japan
98 Ludwig Maximilian - University of MUNICH... Germany
99 University of LEEDS United Kingdom
100 RICE University United States

I'm honored to have studied at Lund University, which is ranked 67 on the list of World's Top 100 Universities - 2009.

Did your university make it to the list? If not, don't worry - you're educated, anyway.

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