The world's top 10 research universities

A new ranking recognizes the best educational institutions.

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9. Rice University

Rice is a heavy on entrepreneurship, and it has been recognized as the top ranked business incubator in the world by the Stockholm-based UBI Index for both 2013 and 2014. It also hosted the Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations in 1990 and runs the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology.

Scientists at Rice University discovered a new tectonic plate, now called the Capricorn Plate, in 1997. The plate lies beneath the Indian Ocean and was joined with the Indian and Australian plates until it broke off 20 million years ago.

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