Engineering can be defined as a discipline, or a branch of science and technology that is related to working with and/or designing, creating, and building large structures, machines, roads, bridges, etc, or new products and/or systems by using scientific methods. Engineering has always been a highly valued job, both among the people themselves and in the labor market, and those who are the best in the business are in demand everywhere in the world, on the biggest projects. In this article, we will be looking at the best engineering universities around the world.

Top Engineering Schools in the World

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the best universities in the USA, and also a top engineering school in the world. Given that its name contains the word “technology”, it can be concluded that there is no room for a mistake with engineering studies (which is closely related to technology) at this university.

MIT School of Engineering offers both undergraduate and graduate engineering studies, meaning you could earn bachelor’s, master’s, and/or Ph.D. degree(s) if you decide to study engineering there. This school emphasizes that it does not want to put pressure on its students when choosing a major, but wants to encourage them to decide for themselves in time what they think suits them best. Both their undergraduate and graduate programs are divided into various departments that you can choose from, depending on your field(s) of interest.

2. Stanford University

Stanford University is one of the best engineering universities in the world that conduct studies using the most modern methods available, following technological developments in step with the times. According to its official website, Stanford University offers 16 undergraduate majors, which can earn you 16 different bachelor degrees, and graduate programs in all engineering departments, of which there are 9, from Aeronautics & Astronautics, Bioengineering, and Chemical Engineering, across Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, etc.

Through each of its departments, Stanford University strives to research and solve different problems that surround us daily, such as climate change, overpopulation, and many more, in that way, focusing equally on science, people, and their problems.

3. University of Cambridge

The Department of Engineering is the largest department of the University of Cambridge. It is also one of the leading engineering centers in the world, renowned for both its teaching and research. This department offers undergraduate and graduates studies that can earn you bachelor’s, master’s, and/or Ph.D. degrees.

The Department also collaborates with other integrated institutions and companies, offering their students the best experience during their studies and a solid foundation in various engineering disciplines, along with knowledge of their chosen specialist field.

4. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Certainly, security, stability, order, and even education are just some of the associations to Switzerland, one of the most organized countries in the world. We can put similar descriptions next to the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET) of the ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

D-ITET claims that today, their research focuses on the global challenges of sustainable energy, digital data transmission, and processing, as well as healthcare. Apart from undergraduate studies that can earn you a bachelor’s degree in engineering, D-ITET also offers Consecutive and Specialised Master’s programs, as well as Ph.D. programs and degrees in various fields of engineering.

5. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)

The Nanyang University is among the top schools for engineering across the globe, constantly keeps an eye on its position on the most important ranking lists of universities in the world, and is proud of its high position on each of these lists, and one of the reasons why this university is highly ranked in academic circles for years is its College of Engineering. According to its website, NTU’s main focus is on technology and innovation and that’s exactly the kind of knowledge you can find in their 6 engineering schools under its College of Engineering.

You can choose between various fields of engineering and/or fields that are in any kind of connection with engineering whether you choose undergraduate or graduate studies at this College: from majoring in Business or Entrepreneurship, across master’s of Science in Green Electronics or Ph.D. in philosophy (in relation to engineering), the choices are many.

6. University of Oxford

The Department of Engineering Science of Oxford University has its roots in the early 20th century. As part of its studies, it offers a fundamental engineering foundation, with further support to its students and staff in choosing and developing knowledge of their specialist field. This department delivers a world-class engineering program that offers both undergraduate and graduate engineering studies, which can earn you a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degree in engineering.

As it is strongly affiliated with computing, materials science, and medicine, it’s no wonder that it offers a master’s program in Nanotechnology and Health Care, for example, which can be appealing to many that are interested in this field, want a degree in engineering, but can’t find a program like that somewhere else. Another interesting thing about this department, and something it is proud of, is certainly its support for women in the world of engineering, the predominantly male world, with an emphasis on refuting stereotypes and discrimination when it comes to women being (successful) in this type of business.

7. University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

The UC Berkeley College of Engineering of the University of California is an excellent institution for engineering in the world, comprising 9 engineering (sub) departments, divided by field of study. All of those departments offer both undergraduate and graduate engineering studies, which can earn you a bachelor´s degree in Aerospace Engineering, a master´s degree in Bioengineering, or maybe a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering – the range is wide and the choice is yours.


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