Chennai has some of the nation's top leading institutions such as Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Anna University, University of Madras, Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Sathyabama University, among others.

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) is one among the premier institutes of national importance in higher technological education, basic and applied research. The campus is located in the city of Chennai, previously known as Madras. It is ranked 262nd among the world's best institutions in the QS World University Rankings 2010, and also placed in the global top 200 for the following subjects: Engineering & IT (68th), and Natural Sciences (194th).

The Anna University, which is of the affiliated type is a member of the Association of Indian Universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Partner of UNESCO International Center for Engineering Education (UICEE). College of Engineering, Guindy, constituent college of Anna university, is ranked 8th among top engineering colleges in India (India Today 2008 Engineering Colleges Ranking). UGC have accredited Anna University with Five Star Status in 2002 which is the highest rating.

The University of Madras is one of the three oldest universities in India. The University has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with the five star rating first, and later with an A rating. The UGC has recognised the University as one of the centres for potential for excellence in the country.

Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University is one of the premier Medical Universities of India named after the former Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, late Dr. M.G.Ramachandran (M.G.R) and it is the second largest Health Sciences University in India.

Sathyabama University is a pioneer institute imparting knowledge in the areas of engineering, science, technology and education. It has been awarded B++ grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and ISO 9001:2000 for professional quality management.

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