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Countries with the Most Elite Universities

Name the countries of the world that have at least three universities ranked in the top 200.
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Last updated: January 14, 2018
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Country
47
United States
28
United Kingdom
12
China
11
Germany
10
Netherlands
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Country
9
Australia
9
Japan
7
Canada
7
South Korea
7
Switzerland
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Country
5
France
5
Sweden
4
Belgium
3
Denmark
3
Spain
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level ∞
Nov 7, 2016
Singapore only has 2, but they are both in the top 15.
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level 77
Nov 7, 2016
I guess the Grandes écoles are not taken into account for France.
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level ∞
Nov 7, 2016
Not sure. You can see the list by clicking the link in the caveats.
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level 77
Jan 2, 2017
It seems they don't consider many of them. I don't like the Grandes écoles systems, but clearly France is better than what this list seems to show.
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level 67
May 21, 2018
Grandes écoles =/= university. Thus not counting.
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level 69
Nov 7, 2016
Some of these numbers are particularly impressive for the smaller countries. In terms of millions of people per top 200 university, you get: 1. Switzerland 1.14, 2. Netherlands 1.42, 3. Sweden 2.00, 3. Denmark 2.00, 5. UK 2.17, 6. Australia 2.67, 7. Belgium 2.75, 8. Canada 4.00, 9. USA 6.67, 10. South Korea 7.29, 11. Taiwan 7.67, 12. Germany 8.10, 13. France 13.00, 14. Japan 15.75, 15. China 115.17.
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level 55
Nov 10, 2016
Nice stats, I have a hunch there's a reasonable correlation with olympic medals per million of population
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level 59
Jan 1, 2017
Are you suggesting that elite universities produce Olympic medals?
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level 75
Jan 1, 2017
there's not
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level 45
Feb 16, 2018
Maybe if you look at the American universities...Not when you look at the Canadian ones. IME American universities are as much about developing sport talent as intellectual talent, but that is more of a unique American trait, it doesn't carry over to other countries. I think that's why Uni sport in the US is so popular...
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level 75
Feb 16, 2018
College sports in the US is a huge deal and it can be hard explaining how much this is true when I travel internationally because I don't think it's quite the same anywhere else.
However... it's rare that an American university is known for *both* academics and athletics. MIT, Harvard, Yale or Princeton are never going to be in the NCAA Final Four. Duke and Georgetown both have pretty respectable basketball teams. UVA has a decent football team. UNC Chapel Hill has a good basketball team. Florida has a good football team. But out of the top 50 universities in the US (academically), those might be the only ones with nationally relevant athletics departments.
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level 71
Feb 16, 2018
And while we're on the topic, you forgot Michigan, Cal, Stanford, USC, Texas, UCLA, Notre Dame... All top 50 universities with extensive, nationally successful sports teams. In other words, it is definitely not "rare" for an American university to be known both for athletics and academics. In fact, a hefty proportion of American Olympians come from fairly prestigious universities. Why? Probably because training for the Olympics requires a similar kind of dedication as excelling at a highly competitive university, and additionally, both require a lot of money. In other words, there's a logical overlap of academics and athletes, both on a socioeconomic level and on a personal level.
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level 67
Jan 16, 2019
lol, Notre Dame...
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level 75
Jan 16, 2019
If something happens one way 80% of the time it's fair to say that happening the other way is rare, and some of those schools you listed are kind of stretching the definition of "nationally successful," even in the single sport that they excel at.
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level 48
Jan 2, 2017
A lot of these countries have a large services and banking industry. You need well-educated people for that sort of job. it is estimated that over 60% of Dutch nationals have a university, college or similar higher education degree. There is a terrible shortage of plumbers, electricians and carpenters though.
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level ∞
Jan 2, 2017
Same in the United States. We have a lot of college educated baristas but a shortage of tradesmen. (At least in the major cities).
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level 75
Jan 3, 2017
Most of those baristas have degrees in Women's Literature or Gender Studies, which barely even counts as an education. More like a certificate for surviving a 4 year long circle jerk. If you get a degree in something that is actually useful, there are jobs to be had in the USA.
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level 66
Apr 6, 2017
kal I strongly disagree. I, as well as many people I know, have had an absolutely brutal time trying to find a job after college, even with STEM and business degrees. There are just too many college educated people and not enough jobs to go around.
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level 75
Apr 24, 2017
True, QM. One of my nephews was an electrician which led to him creating his own successful manufacturing business, and another nephew is a carpenter and his son is a welder. Neither of them are ever out of a job, and both earn on the same level as my college-educated children. But I do agree with Kalbahamut that some college degrees are better than others when looking for jobs in the real world. Hang in there, TinklePork. I hope you find something soon.
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level 57
Aug 1, 2017
Even if you don't like it some people, women for example, see Gender Studies as very important. But hey, what would they know, they're too busy menstruating all over the place to do a real degree, obviously. Universities are not meant to just churn out robots suckle on the capitalist tit. They are also meant to harness intellectual thought as well enabling Johnny and Jenny suburbia to become competent professionals, raise a family and terrorise the neighbourhood in an oversized luxury 4WD. I'm not sure what it is like in other countries, but here in Australia we have a glut in certain professions and shortages in others. For some reason we have too many qualified accountants, but shortages in qualified IT professionals, teachers and doctors.
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level 75
Aug 1, 2017
@Tinkle.. ::shrug:: some fields are easier to find jobs in than others. Your friends might have wanted to do more research into this if what they wanted was expeditious employment and they were not, for example, following a passion or interest.

The year I graduated I got my degree issued on January 17 and was hired, granted a visa, relocated and in Korea working at a new job by February 1.
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level 71
Feb 16, 2018
Except that Princeton already has been in the NCAA Final Four and is a fairly regular fixture in the NCAA tournament.
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level 38
Feb 23, 2018
Because they're automatic qualifiers by winning their conference tournament. Plenty of teams with losing records make it into the tournament every year because they win their conference, and winning a conference can be a cake walk depending on the level of competition. Not saying that Princeton is bad, but using them isn't a great example.
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level 63
Jan 1, 2017
Surprised India isn't here.
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level 75
Jan 1, 2017
India's education system is an international scandal. Google some photos of parents standing on window ledges to pass answers to their children.
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level 35
Jan 2, 2017
China is really bad too, or at least parts of it. This comes from my Chinese friends at university. Cheating receives a minor token punishment, so they "all" cheat. They were shocked when one of their friends was caught and expelled for a year having all of her grades for that year stripped. She also had to return to China as this invalidated her visa.
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level ∞
Jan 2, 2017
Several of China's top universities are in Hong Kong, which might not have the same problems.
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level 59
Aug 4, 2017
Err... What has that got to do with India's universities? You are aware that the best Indian universities do not select people like that? I don't know how they rank universities; I think the Indian universities suffer in the rankings because they don't produce enough research.
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level 19
Jan 2, 2017
Accept us for United States, sa for South Africa, nz for New Zealand?
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level 19
Jan 2, 2017
My bad, South Africa and New Zealand aren't just on there.
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level 63
Jan 2, 2017
But USA is accepted for United States.
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level 19
Jan 2, 2017
Yes, that's pretty good, but 'us' is also accepted for the United States on most of the other quizzes that Quiz-master has.
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level ∞
Jan 2, 2017
Nope. It's not accepted on any featured quiz.
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level 49
Feb 16, 2018
Would you accept 'we'?
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level 67
Jan 7, 2017
Surprised that Russia not have a single university on this list. I know the quality of education has slipped substantially since the days of the the USSR, but surely at least some of the Russian universities would still be considered top tier. I'm not faulting Quizmaster, more of a commentary on the ranking methodology used by topuniversities.com
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level 59
Jan 13, 2017
The problem with the methodology is that they mostly take into account research done in english, so other big languages in the academic world like russian or spanish are not counted.
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level 63
Sep 1, 2018
If that's true then it's an incredibly stupid way to evaluate them - sounds as though the evaluators themselves didn't get beyond high school. It also invalidates the entire list and, regrettably, this quiz.
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level 67
Jan 16, 2019
Nothing stupid about it--virtually all the important academic work done in the world is done in English, regardless of where the researchers are based, because almost all serious peer-reviewed journals are in English. English is the lingua franca of the educated world.
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level 38
Aug 1, 2017
The problem is that someone, somewhere in our past convinced us that manual labor was menial labor and that only a college degree would suffice. That's why today we have glut of Law School graduates, many of whom are toiling at city/state agencies at a meager salary and who have to pay a fortune to the electricians, plumbers and other manual laborers whom they were so much better than.
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level 65
Jan 15, 2018
Italy has 4, perhaps should be added?
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level 48
Feb 16, 2018
I confirm. Maybe the quiz is about 2017? In that case it should be specified above.
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level 71
Feb 16, 2018
Facepalm, I tried Amsterdam instead of writing Netherlands. More like a face slap.
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level 65
Feb 16, 2018
Yale at No. 16? Lol, okay.
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level 68
Feb 16, 2018
According to the source India has institutions ranked at 172, 179, and 190. Wouldn't that count as 3 in the top 200?
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level 32
Feb 17, 2018
Finland has also 3 universities in top 300!
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level 48
Feb 17, 2018
The quiz is about the top 200. Only two of the finnish universities are there
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level 59
Feb 17, 2018
New Zealand has two universities in top 200. We just a small wee country though, 4.6 million people.
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level 64
May 19, 2018
per capita you may lose out to Sweden, Switzerland and Denmark. Just the obvious ones I could see. ;)
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level 59
Mar 13, 2018
On what is it based? Italy invented universities, and still Italian graduated are the most welcomed allover the world. Are they geniuses? Do they born with the instruction already inside their brains?Or maybe is the instruction system quite good? Also, many italian people can't get a title in italian universitied, then they go to USA and have the best valutations. Anything strange? Finally, all main european countries are in this list. Also Sweden or Netherlands or Switzerland, that are very smaller in population. Also Spain, that is similar, but with less tradition. But Italy doesn't appear.
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level 48
May 1, 2018
Missed Germany...doh!
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level 43
Jan 16, 2019
2:05 remained :D
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level 39
Mar 27, 2019
Everything except Denmark and South Korea