The world’s most competitive technology schools are those that have shown their mettle in terms of research conducted in multiple engineering subjects. These are some of the toughest schools to get into. They all use math and engineering to develop solutions that can have large-scale commercial impact across the world. These schools are more sought after because of these research capabilities.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Established in 1861 and located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT has five institutes including architecture and planning; humanities, arts and social sciences; engineering; science; and management. The mission of MIT is to educate students in science and technology that will best serve the nation and globe as a whole.

Teaching and research with focus on the practical world is the guiding principle of the institute. It is ranked No. 3 in the Engineering and Technology segment in the World University Ranking as of 2014. The University presently has about 11,000 students with a student: staff ratio of 9:1. About 33% of the students are international students.

Stanford University: Located between San Francisco and San Jose, is one of the world’s leading technology schools, Stanford University. Established in 1891, Stanford University is dedicated to finding solutions for all major issues of the world through intense research activities.

With about 15,500 students and a student: staff ratio of 7.8, Stanford University is ranked No. 2 in the Engineering and Technology segment in the World University Ranking as of 2014. About 22% of the students are from overseas. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in humanities and sciences; engineering; business; law; medicine, education and earth sciences.

University of California, Berkeley: Set up in 1868, UC, Berkeley, is a university that attracts the brightest of minds from across the world. With over 130 departments and programs, UC, Berkeley offers a wide range of courses in the engineering and technology, business, environment design, information sciences, journalism etc.

The university has over 36,000 students and a student: staff ratio of 16.4. About 15% of the students are international students. It is ranked No. 3 in the Engineering and Technology segment in the World University Ranking as of 2014. Compare this with selection ratio of 13.88% for GATE – one of the toughest entrance exams to post-graduate courses in India.

California Institute of Technology: Caltech is a pioneer and an established leader in research and education in the realm of science and engineering. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of subjects including Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Biology and Biological Engineering, Physics, Math and Astronomy among others.

Caltech is home to about 2300 students and has enviable student: staff ratio of 6.9. About 27% of these students number are international students. It is ranked No. 4 in the Engineering and Technology segment in the World University Ranking as of 2014.

Princeton University: Started in 1746, Princeton is one of the oldest universities in the US. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

With about 7800 students and a student: staff ratio of 7.8, Princeton University is ranked No. 5 in the Engineering and Technology segment in the World University Ranking as of 2014.

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom: The University of Cambridge aims to contribute to society by imparting world-class education and research. The university has a rich and long history dating back to the early 13th century. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in a vast variety of subjects ranging from humanities to sciences to technology to medicine and more.

The university houses about 18,800 students and boasts of a student: staff ratio of 11.8 with about 34% students being from overseas countries. University of Cambridge is ranked No. 6 in the Engineering and Technology segment in the World University Ranking as of 2014.

Written By:

Paresh Dhake

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