Times Higher Education has ranked Harvard University as the top university in the world in terms of academics, while Massachusetts Institute of Technology took the third-place position. The 2015 rankings represent the 13th year in a row that Harvard has grabbed the top spot. Meanwhile, two community colleges in Massachusetts have received $4.9 million in funding for capital projects on their campuses as part of the state’s goal of fixing public assets in need of repair.
Times Higher Education List
In compiling its list of the top academic institutions in the world, Times Higher Education considered factors such as a teaching, international outlook, industry income, research and citations. Each of these categories was assigned a score, with an overall score calculated based upon these scores. Top-ranking Harvard earned an overall score of 93.3.
Harvard was in good company with many other U.S. institutions being included on the list. In fact, 51 of the 100 institutions of higher learning included on the list were schools in the United States. Furthermore, eight of the top 10 schools were U.S. schools. The full top ten list included:
- Harvard University
- Stanford University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of Cambridge
- Princeton University
- California Institute of Technology
- Columbia University
- University of Chicago
- University of Oxford
Originally established in 1636, Harvard University is the oldest academic institution in the country. It has the largest financial endowment in the world and has produced more than 40 Nobel laureates.
Making Improvements at a Institutes of Higher Learning
While Harvard University has long received accolades for its impressive academic achievements, there are many other schools in Massachusetts that are providing excellent educational opportunities to those who wish to pursue them. To ensure these institutions of higher learning are able to continue to meet demand, the Executive Office for Administration and Finance will be providing funding to Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College.
Reportedly, the Executive Office for Administration and Finance has increased its budget for “fix it first” projects by approximately $20 million, bringing the total budget to $61 million. $2.5 million of these funds will go to Holyoke Community College while $3 million will go to Springfield Technical Community College.
At Holyoke Community College, the funding will go toward the design of a more energy efficient campus center. The project will include creating a weather-tight seal and revamping the current use of the space as well as the activities that take place there, with a more student-focused approach in mind. The goal will be to utilize the 7,500 square feet of the center that currently does not get any use.
The $3 million going to Springfield Community College will go toward modernizing the interior of one of the buildings on campus that dates back to the 19th century. The building will be used to create a common area for students to gather and to learn.
Whether looking to attend the world’s most prestigious institution of higher learning or a community college, the Boston area has many options available to suit any budget or learning style.