The world's top 10 research universities

A new ranking recognizes the best educational institutions.

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3. Stanford University

Stanford faculty and alumni have founded companies including Google, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo and Nike. In fact, companies founded by Stanford alumni generate more than $2.7 trillion in annual revenue; that's equivalent to the 10th-largest economy in the world.

The school boasts more than 18 independent laboratories, centers and institutes, including the Center for the Study of Language and Information, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Stanford Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

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