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The Best of Europe, Asia, South Pacific & the Middle East's Universities

Best Universities 2017
Best Universities 2017


Germany's highest-ranking universities represent some of the highest standards of tertiary education not only in the country but the world. The QS World University Rankings 2016-2017 ranks more than 40 German universities among the best in the world, with 15 universities making it to the top 250 universities globally. A mix of prestigious long-standing institutions and newer universities scattered across Germany, with every major city boasting at least one global top-ranking university.

From the country's oldest institutions of the 14th century Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg to more modern campuses like those of the Free University of Berlin, Germany's high quality of life, relatively low tuition fees and consistent output of world-renowned academicians continually speak of its top university destination status for international students around the world.   

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Japan's supremacy as a higher education power is well established as reflected by rankings from QS World University Rankings. With approximately over 700 universities offering various specializations, the academic opportunities for international students are limitless. To cultivate greater economic growth, Japan has intensified their education sector funding more research and development funds into universities. High academic offering coupled with Japan welcoming international students by offering tuition fee exemptions, goes a long way to mitigating the cost of living in Japan. Opportunities are aplenty as firms look to recruit international talent to encompass a more globalize business depiction.

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The Best of Japan's Universities 2017


Poland is home to 500 higher education institutions, many of which specialize in contrast to the traditional, multi-disciplinary teaching model that many European universities follow.  Four of the country's major universities are situated in the capital of Warsaw, including Poland's largest university, the University of Warsaw which ranked 6th in the EECA (Emerging Europe and Central Asia) 2016 QS University Rankings.

Historically, Poland's top universities have produced some of the world's most accomplished artists, scientists, and innovators, including two-time Nobel Prize winner and physicist Marie Curie and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. While full-time Polish language courses at state universities are free for Polish citizens and foreigners from the European Union or European Economic Area countries, some English language courses are available at higher learning institutions across the country.  

Also, a variety of private and public tertiary education scholarships are open to both Polish students and international students, further enhancing Poland's reputation as a global education hub that offers a unique university experience to students of all backgrounds.

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The steady governance and remarkable economic stability of Qatar have allowed for rapid progress in the education sector in the country. Qatar features as an Education City with some high-technology facilities and houses many campuses run by a foreign institutions from the United States such as Weill Cornell Medical College and Georgetown University; Canada's University of Calgary and European higher institutions such as HEC Paris and University College London. Qatar's homegrown institution is listed as one of the top universities in the QS World Rankings.  With funds channeled into transforming the academic landscape of Qatar, students will have the prospects to build connections or establish themselves in the country's economic juggernaut - the oil and gas industry.

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Spain's capital city of Madrid and its second most populous city Barcelona, together house the biggest concentration of top universities in the country. Twenty-one out of the 78 universities in Spain features in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, 10 of which are in the top global 500 universities.

Some of these world-class institutions of higher learning include Universitat de Barcelona, a thriving research hub with five centuries of academic excellence under its belt and the only Spanish university to make the top 200 of the world's best universities as ranked by the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2015 and 2016.  Younger universities like Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universidad Autònoma de Madrid have featured in the QS Top 50 Under 50.      

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Turkey has an increasingly large pool of students coming from Europe, Africa, the United States and Asia. The amalgamation of Eastern and Western cultures brings together an enticing student life to broaden the horizon on religion, lifestyle and experience unique with historical monuments as a backdrop. Due to the international atmosphere in Turkey, the majority of programs are taught in English,  a language widely spoken around the city.

Students can live a modern city life without breaking the bank as Turkey is surprisingly ranked lower in living expenses global cost index among other metropolitan cities around the world. Obtain an international experience with significantly lower annual tuition fees and with some scholarships available for international students in Turkey.

Turkey offers a range of choices for international students. The universities in Turkey are noted for offering high-quality education services with sophisticated research facilities to provide students an excellent learning process. Turkish universities are equally competitive as other European and Asian counterparts as the universities are listed in The Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings, QS World University Rankings and METU Informatics Institute list.

As part of the Bologna Process and the affiliate member of various international platforms, the student may continue their education through the European Credit Transfer System in other countries and obtain diplomas recognized in other nations. The partnership extends to links between university-industry with several technology development centers operating in universities. Turkish curriculum design provides vocationally oriented training for optimal exposure for the student in jobs related to their studies at the end of their programs to increase employability.

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Home to some of the best universities in the Gulf region, there are numerous internationally recognized universities to choose from in the United Arab Emirates such as the University of Dubai, American University of Sharjah and the Abu Dhabi University. These institutions have international affiliations, providing various undergraduate and postgraduate programs in an array of fields including the arts and business besides the traditional engineering and construction programs. The increase is due to job opportunities of non-oil sectors that are on the rise in various other sectors. UAE is a melting pot of a broad range of world cultures present, and the nation truly defines a global citizen perfect for the student to explore.





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