The world's top 10 research universities

A new ranking recognizes the best educational institutions.

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6. California Institute of Technology

Caltech has six academic divisions with an emphasis on science and engineering and earned $332 million in 2011 for sponsored research. In 2010, the university established the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, which is working on developing methods to generate fuels directly from sunlight and will receive up to $122 million in federal funding over five years.

And if you want to get a taste of learning at this fine establishment, you're in luck: Caltech offers courses through Coursera, a free online course platform.

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