Cambridge University has come top of an international league table of the world’s best universities. For the second year running, it beat Harvard and MIT in the USA into second and third places. In fact, in the top 7 places of the QS World University Rankings, there are 4 British universities: Cambridge (1st), Oxford (5th), Imperial (6th) and UCL (7th). The university rankings are based on factors such as academic reputation, employability of graduates, citations, and the staff-student ratio. The Head of Research at QS said that, “The gap between Cambridge and Harvard is very small, but Cambridge’s superior student/faculty ratio helped tip the balance. Individual attention is one of the key attractions of the Oxbridge tutorial system.” The only non-English speaking university in the top 20 was the Zurich Institute of Technology in 18th place. The results also showed that higher education in the UK is still cheaper compared to universities in the USA. This shows that the best way to start a high-flying career is to achieve a great IELTS score and secure a place at one of these traditionally, excellent universities. You can start an IELTS course any Monday at SGI in London and you will be taking your first steps towards a stellar education.

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