Here is the list of 10 most famous and well-known universities of the world:

Harvard University - It is the No. 1 university in the world according to a number of international league tables including THE - QS World University Rankings and ARWU.

Princeton University - The university's most famous professional school is the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Woodrow Wilson School alumni are leaders in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors in the U.S. and abroad.

Yale University - Among its many notable alumni, perhaps the most famous are five U.S. presidents: George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, and William Howard Taft.

Stanford University - Stanford alumni can be found in more than 140 countries, 18 territories and all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Stanford's most famous alumni include the U.S. President Herbert Hoover.

Columbia University - This is one of the world's most famous institutions and is one of the 8 universities making up the Ivy League.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT has been ranked No. 1 in the world by Webometrics (2009).

Duke University - Famous alumni include the U.S. President Richard Nixon, Chilean President Ricardo Lagos.

University of Oxford - Oxford was the first University in the English-speaking world. It is a leader in so many fields, with outstanding research achievement.

University of Cambridge - It is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. Cambridge University is regularly ranked as the best in the UK by many league tables.

McGill University - It is one of the oldest and most famous of Canadian universities. In 2009 McGill is the only Canadian university ranked in the global top 20 by THE - QS World University Rankings.

What other universities are considered the "most famous" in the world? Your comments are welcome!

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Anonymous - April 9, 2010 at 8:10 PM

I really feel that UCLA should be on that list, judging by its immense popularity in Asia and Europe.

Count Olof - October 10, 2010 at 1:03 PM

How is Berkeley not on the list??? I mean, they are in the top 5 of almost every graduate program in the US, and considering their chemistry program is second to none and they were the brains behind the Manhattan project, I think they should at least replace one of the schools on this list. I think they have the most nobel prize winners behind U Chicago (Who should also be on this list).

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek