The world's top 10 research universities

A new ranking recognizes the best educational institutions.

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2. Harvard University

You didn't need this list to figure out Harvard's a top research university; the crimson H is stamped onto worldwide consciousness like a Taylor Swift hit single. This university was established in 1636, making it more than 100 years older that the United States. Its attendees include the likes of Henry David Thoreau, Yo Yo Ma, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, to name a few. And we mean a few: we could take up this entire slide just listing notable Harvard alums.

Research is constantly flowing at Harvard; scientists there found a link between brain hyperactivity and seizures in Alzheimer's patients last year.

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