The father of the scientific method, Francis Bacon, famously observed that, “knowledge is power.” Centuries later that ancient proverb is truer now than ever before. We are inundated with great waves of information virtually every waking hour as technology further integrates itself into our education, business, entertainment, security, and even our bodies.
Computer science stands at the epicenter of this new age of information. This field once stood at the crossroads between mathematics, engineering, and physics, but has now blossomed into its own discipline which leads the cutting edge of technology. Not surprisingly, those who study computer science often access some of the highest paying jobs in a wide range of growing fields.
Governments increasingly require protection from dangerous cyber-attacks, every branch of science wishes to benefit from evermore complex computer models, and more people from every demographic group can now afford cheap apps and portable video games. Children in school no longer study how to write in cursive, but instead learn to type.
Almost any local program can teach someone basic computer science, but The Best Schools ranks institutions based on which universities are advancing the field. We want to know which schools run the leading research centers, utilize the top facilities, attract the brightest students, and are run by the most well-known professors. Students who are lucky enough to gain admittance to these schools will be rubbing elbows with those who run the top companies in the world today, and are creating the top companies of tomorrow.
Although we obviously measure each computer science program based on its individual merits, we also pay attention to a school’s overall reputation. No matter how great a specialized department is, it is always better when surrounded by world class, sister programs. Thus, we have chosen to rank programs primarily based on computer science, and then use overall institutional ranking as a tie breaker.
For this ranking, we looked to the Center for World-Class Universities operated by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (right). This center specializes in ranking universities as well as their individual programs of study. International in scope and focused on academic performance, these are known as the “Shanghai Rankings.”
From the Shanghai Rankings, we therefore identified the 100 best programs in the latest 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities in Computer Science. Taking this Shanghai Ranking as our point of departure, we researched the most important characteristics of each of the top 100 Computer Science programs on the list in order to reveal why each university computer science program appears where it does.
The 100 Best Computer Science Programs in the World
Stanford University has every possible advantage that a computer science program could ask for. The school has been recognized as one of the leading centers of higher learning for decades, having produced 49 Nobel Prizes, 27 MacArthur Fellows, and 20 National Medal of Science awards. The school’s massive $21.4 billion endowment gives it the sort of fiscal backing that most research universities can only dream of, and provides the computer science programs with ample connections to well-staffed departments in related math and science fields.
Stanford’s computer science program, more so than any other institution in the world, helped build Silicon Valley into the computer hub that it is today. Stanford’s computer science department has a 50 year history, making it one of the oldest of its kind. Its alumni have created some of the world’s most recognizable technology companies such as Google, Yahoo, Taiwan Semiconductor, and Electronic Arts. And its exploits have garnered the respect of leaders in the field, which is why Bill Gates and numerous others donated the funds necessary to build their state of the art Gates Computer Science Building.
One might think that this overwhelming success would lead to complacency, but not at Stanford. Their computer science department wants to ensure that their future is as successful as their past, and as a result, has outlined a detailed “Strategic Plan” to guide their future endeavors for the next two decades.
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Many consider MIT to be the leading science school in the world. There are many factors that contribute to its success, including its location in the Boston area, which locks it arm in arm with elite kin like Harvard, Boston College, Boston University, and Tufts. But even without its prestigious network of friends, MIT still boasts 63 Nobel Prize winners and a $12.4 billion endowment.
MIT runs several world-class computer research centers, such as its largest research laboratory, the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Numerous advancements have come from this lab, including the first credible chess program, and much of the technology underlying the internet today. The school is also a leader in nanotechnologies, information theory, and bioinformatics.
Not surprisingly, given its resources, MIT has produced many famous alumni, such as Colin Angel, who founded the IRobot Corporation and has done considerable work for NASA’s Mars mission, and William Reddington Hewlett, who co-founded Hewlett-Packard (HP) Company and is now famous for its many computer-related technology products.
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UC Berkeley is the world’s most respected public school. It possesses one of the most decorated faculties on the planet, which includes 130 representatives of the National Academy of Sciences, 85 representatives of the National Academy of Engineering, and seven Nobel Prize winners. Berkeley also produces more undergraduate students who later complete PhDs than any other school in America.
Berkeley has had a long history of contributing to computer science, with advancements such as Paul Morton’s 1948 creation of the vacuum tube using California Digital Computer, Doug Engelbart’s creation of the mouse, Ken Thomson’s co-creation of Unix, Eric Allman’s contribution to sending emails, and Bob Gaskins co-creation of Power Point. Berkeley scientists and alumni have been at the heart of advancing computer science from its inception. That is why the school has produced nine winners of the field’s most prestigious accolade, the Turning Award.
This rich heritage and ideal location in California is part of what draws so many of the world’s elite computer scientists to this school. Budding programmers can learn from the best and network with as wide an array of thinkers in the field as anyone can find connected to one place.
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Founded in 1636, Harvard has had substantial time to develop into the standard by which all other research universities are measured. It has been ranked as the number one university in the world for as long as the Shanghai Rankings have existed, and is currently considered number one in the social, life, and medical sciences, as well. The school’s unchallenged depth leaves substantial opportunity for interdisciplinary study, which is especially relevant to those in the information sciences.
Students here can partake in the Center for Research on Computation and Society, the Institute for Applied Computational Science, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. These think tanks help Harvard direct its efforts towards a variety of academic areas such as applied math, applied physics, bioengineering, electrical engineering, environmental science, and public policy.
In an effort to reach these widespread and extremely lofty goals, Harvard outlined a plan in November 2014 spearheaded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The school will increase its computer science faculty by half while also opening up new state of the art facilities for them to utilize.
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Princeton University is one of the most beautiful North American universities, but its aesthetic prowess may be overshadowed by its technical aptitude. Here computer science students enjoy all the advantages of an instantaneously recognized, world class university with a strong representation in their chosen specialization.
At Princeton, one can research problems in Bitcoin and Crypto currencies, bioinformatics, computational neuroscience, geo-replicated cloud storage and any number of other leading subfields of information theory. Not surprisingly given Princeton’s focus, all its students, even undergraduates, are required to do at least one design or research-related project before graduation. Students can pursue undergraduate degrees through either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science and engineering, while graduate students can choose between a master of science in engineering or a PhD. Their department is broken down into computational biology, markets/game theory/economics, computer architecture, graphics/vision, machine learning, programming languages/compilers, security/privacy/policy, systems/networks, and theory.
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Andrew Carnegie wanted to apply the same pragmatic industry that catapulted his entrepreneurial exploits to the hard sciences. Since its founding in 1900, Carnegie Mellon has done just that as it rapidly rose through the ranks of research universities with its focus on innovation and creativity.
The Computer Science department is a leader in its own right with the development of robotic technology and software used on the Mars Rovers. Other strong points of research have been crash avoidance technology in cars and at-home assistance for the elderly.
The Computer Science department is broken down into the following sections: computer science, human-computer interaction, Institute for Software Research, computational biology, Language Technologies Institute, machine learning, and Robotics Institute. Master’s and doctoral level studies are offered in all departments, however only computer science, computation biology, and machine learning are offered at the bachelor level. Human-computer interaction and robotics are offered only as dual majors for current students.
Carnegie Mellon has not surprisingly produced many world class alumni, from the math-minded John Nash whose life was the basis for the popular movie “A Beautiful Mind”, to Professor Scott Falhman who created the emoticon. 🙂
Founded in 1883, the University of Texas has been constantly recognized as a world-class research university and now boasts of seven museums with over five million collections and 17 libraries with over 10 million volumes.
The computer science program has its own proud history, being consistently ranked in the top ten programs in the world. The department manages its own network with over 1600 hosts and has equipped 12 laboratories with state of the art computing resources. The faculty are also highly experienced and recognized worldwide, having earned over 150 national and international awards.
Students may pursue undergraduate to graduate level study. Undergraduates will be expected to engage in research and networking, and complete an internship for hands-on experience. Graduate students will focus on research with particular focus within the following areas: networks, security, artificial intelligence, robotics, bioinformatics, data mining, and formal methods and verification.
A non-profit organization has been established on campus which focuses on helping women network within the business world of computer science.
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From its founding in 1865, Cornell University has been set apart from its peer Ivy League schools by its aggressive and revolutionary principles. Located in Ithaca, New York the university is on the cutting edge of research within many fields including x-ray imaging, self-sustaining robotic exploration, and mapping microbes.
The computer science department was founded in 1965 and has made substantial research contributions to the field. Gerard Salton, also known as the “father of Information Retrieval”, joined the Cornell Computer Science department from Harvard and brought SMART technology with him. This became the foundation of over 30 years of research and the basis for the Google search engine.
Students, from undergraduate to doctoral level, are held to high standards of expectation. Data structure, algorithms, operating systems, programming languages, and theory of computation are just a few of the areas students are required to master. At the master’s level, a two semester professional degree is offered in engineering as well as a two year Masters of Science, both through the computer science department. For the doctoral candidates, only 25 students are accepted each year. They are expected to demonstrate mastery in programming language, theory, artificial intelligence, and systems.
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Los Angeles, CA
Though relatively young when compared to other universities, the University of California in Los Angeles already has an impressive history. Founded in 1919, the school has already produced 13 Nobel Laureates, 12 MacArthur Fellows, over 250 Olympic Medal winners, and over 140 technology-based companies.
The formal establishment of the computer science program came in 1968; however, the school was making contributions to the information revolution as early as the 1940’s. Currently, the university offers a bachelors degree in computer science and computer science/engineering in addition to graduate level studies. There are 20 different research groups and laboratories available as invaluable resources for students and staff alike. The research groups and labs are incorporated into 5 research centers: the Center for Domain-Specific Computing, the Scalable Analytics Institute, the Center for Autonomous Intelligent Networked Systems, the Center for Information & Computation Security, and the Wireless Health Institute.
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Los Angeles, CA
As one on the world’s leading private research universities with a $4.6 billion endowment, Southern California has had a vibrant and diverse culture since its humble founding in 1880 when Los Angeles was little more than a frontier town. There are currently a total of 25,000 faculty and staff members and 365,000 alumni worldwide. Five Noble Laureates and three MacArthur Fellows have been on staff.
USC’s Department of Computer Science was founded in 1968 and has made contributions to numerous areas of research including: cryptography, information theory, bioinformatics, DNA computing, internet technologies, human-robot interaction, statistical natural language processing, game theory, human behavior, and award-winning work in computer graphics. The department offers four undergraduate programs in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Science with a Focus on Gaming, and Computer Science and Business Administration.
The Masters degree in Computer Science offers a general program where students can choose from eight different concentrations such as: Computer Networks, Game development, Intelligent Robotics, Data Science, High Performance Computing and Simulation, Computer Security, Software Engineering, and Multimedia and Creative Technologies. The last three of the listed concentrations may be taken online through the Distance Education Network. Students may also pursue their PhD in Computer Science.
World-renowned for its science and engineering research, Caltech has collected many impressive accomplishments since its founding in 1891. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA and Seismological Laboratory are major centers of learning. Interdisciplinary research is strongly encouraged throughout the school and the laboratories. The faculty is equally impressive and decorated with 34 Nobel Prize winners, seven Crafoord Laureates, and 58 National Medal of Science recipients. Caltech’s total endowment is a healthy $1.96 billion.
But unlike most research universities, Caltech has the luxury of spreading its ample resources among a small number of students. Potential pupils more interested in a face to face connection with their mentors will benefit enormously from the Computing and Mathematical Sciences Department’s small 3:1 student to teacher ratio. The Academic Programs are broken down into 4 sections: applied and computational mathematics, computer science, computing and mathematical sciences, and control and dynamical systems. Undergraduate and Graduate level study is available in each section. Prominent research areas include: algorithmic economics, machine learning and vision, molecular programming, robotics and autonomous systems, and scientific computing.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto has become Canada’s most respected research institution with three main campus locations, 44 libraries, and connections to 10 affiliated teaching hospitals. Points of pride for the school include the world’s first operational broadcasting system that did not require batteries, the first effective use of insulin in treating diabetes, and the world’s first single lung transplant, among many other unique accomplishments.
The Department of Computer Science started in 1947 with the foundation of the Computation Center. Students may choose from a Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science, or Doctor of Philosophy of Computer Science.
The program is broken down into the following 12 departments/research areas: Applied and Discrete Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, Computational Biology, Computer Graphics, Computer Systems and Networks Department, Database Systems, Health and Assistive Technology, Human Computer Interaction, Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, Programming Languages and Methodologies, Software Engineering, and finally Theory of Computation. This wide range of concentrations covers virtually every aspect of the field, and gives students seemingly endless opportunity for specialization.
The University of Illinois at Urbana was founded in 1867. The highly talented and respected faculty includes 18 Pulitzer Prize winners. The University is known for the invention of the first graphical web browser, as well as being the first university to provide full access to students with disabilities.
The Computer Science Department was established in the 1940’s and is currently managed by 61 distinguished faculty members, including 16 ACM Fellows, 20 IEEE Fellows, and 27 NSF career award winners. The department offers seven different degree programs and over 90 courses to its students. The University of Illinois also hosts the largest ACM student chapter in the world.
The innovative Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science laboratory is an advanced, interactive way for students to study the most recent and emerging computer technology. Research areas include: systems and networking, artificial intelligence, graphics, human-computer interaction, database systems, and information retrieval.
La Jolla, CA
The University of California in San Diego, founded in 1903 and located along the beautiful Pacific coast line, has the distinction of holding the world’s largest collection of work by Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Aside from the iconic children’s book figure, the University has had 16 Nobel Laureates on staff and has been ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report for Best Public University in the Nation.
The Computer Science and Engineering department was founded in 1961 and is home to “Gordon,” one of the fastest super computers in the world. Students have direct access to Gordon and other multithreaded, parallel supercomputers throughout the San Diego Supercomputer Center. With such high-powered resources available, the department is highly competitive and offers strong undergraduate and graduate study programs including: Systems and Networking, Software Engineering, Processor Architecture and Compilation, Parallel and High-Performance Computation, Network Security and Cryptography, Meaning and Computation, Graphics, Embedded Systems, Data and Knowledge Base Systems, Computer Vision, Computer-Aided Design, Bioinformatics, Artificial Intelligence, and Algorithms and Complexity.
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Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor is a city of 117,000 known for fine dining and lively arts environment, and is listed as number one in Forbes Magazine as the most educated city in America. The University of Michigan, located in Ann Arbor, was founded in 1817 as one on the first public universities in the nation and continues to this day to be a leader in higher education. The University staff and faculty are experts in their respective fields and have included Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, astronauts, and Supreme Court Justices.
The Computer Science and Engineering program was founded in 1957 by Arthur Burks and Gordon Peterson. Other faculty members include 10 ACM Fellows, 15 IEEE Fellows, and one MacArthur Fellow. Notable alumni of the Computer Science program are Francs Allen, Edgar Codd, Stephen Cook, and Larry Page, co-founder of Google.
There are over 100 course offerings per year that encompass four undergraduate degree programs, two Master’s programs, and doctoral level work. Undergraduate students have the privilege to participate in industry-sponsored design projects and internships which allow for hands-on experience in the field.
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College Park, MD
A global leader in research and the state’s flagship university, the University of Maryland was founded in 1856. The school’s rich history has included four Nobel Laureates and two Pulitzer Prize winners on staff. Two alumni have also been awarded as Nobel Laureates.
Of the 250 academic programs, the Computer Science Department was officially established in 1973, though computing research started in the 1940’s. There are over 50 full time faculty and staff of whom there are 20 NSF career awards, one Packard Fellow, and two Sloan Fellows.
Prominent research and study areas include: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Computer Systems, Computer Vision, Data Science, Databases, Graphics, High-performance Computing, Human-Computer Interaction, Numerical Analysis, Programming Languages, Scientific Computing, Security, Software Engineering, and Theoretic Computer Science. The Computer Science Department also spearheads several research initiatives, such as the Laboratory for Computational Cultural Dynamics and the Active Logic Artificial Intelligence System.
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The Swiss Federal Institute is a leading research center for technology and the natural sciences in Zurich, Switzerland. Since its founding in 1855, 21 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to staff, alumni, or researchers associated with the university.
Though the school has a long-standing history of research in the field of computers and software development, the Computer Science Department was not officially established until 1981. In the 1950’s, for example, Swiss Federal was the first university on the European continent to have a programmable computer.
From undergraduate to doctoral study, popular research topics include: Scientific Computing and Computational Sciences, Computer Graphics and Vision, Information Security, Algorithms and Theory, Networks and Distributed Systems, Information and Computer Systems, Computational Intelligence, Software Engineering, and Programming Languages. Long-standing research partnerships exist with Microsoft, IBM, SAP, Google, and Disney.
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On April 11, 1912 Technion-Institute laid its first cornerstone. This was a milestone for the Jewish people who were historically barred from technical training prior to the establishment of this school. Now Technion, Israel’s first university, is a pioneer in the sciences and has seen three professors distinguished as Nobel Laureates. Furthermore, the school has also played a key role in catapulting its nation from obscurity in the field to a leader in the information sciences. Many now consider Israel to be second only to Silicon Valley as a hub of computer research.
The Department of Computer Science comprises 50 faculty members and around 1,500 students (both undergraduate and graduate) which gives it the distinction of being the largest academic unit in the school. Research areas include Theory of Computer Science, Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Systems, and Scientific Computation. In 2001 Technion established the Computer Science Industrial Affiliates Program. The goal of the program was to connect the academic department with Israel’s still budding, international hi-tech industry.
Ohio State has been consistently ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best public universities. Founded in 1870, the school has now grown to include 15 colleges with over 58,000 students who can choose from 200 undergraduate or 250 graduate/professional degrees.
Computer Science and Engineering has become one of many cutting edge programs offered at Ohio State. Students can expect high standards for achievement from distinguished professors. Interdisciplinary work is also strongly encouraged, specifically with the Ohio Supercomputer Center, the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, and the Center for Cognitive Science.
Areas of research include: Artificial Intelligence, which covers topics such as computer vision and machine learning; Computer Graphics, which includes animation, games, and visual environments; Networking and Distributed Computing, covering network security and social networks; Software Engineering and Programming Language Systems, which includes data management and computer architecture; and finally Theory and Algorithms, including computational learning theory and cryptography.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv is Israel’s “city that never sleeps.” A popular tourist destination and lively cosmopolitan atmosphere, it is at once a place of culture and resources. It should not come as a surprise then that Tel Aviv University is Israel’s number one school for comprehensive higher learning and research. The idea for the school started in the 1930’s but was not realized until August 16, 1953. Growth was slow, but constant and by the 1970’s the Engineering and Arts facilities were opened. Today, Tel Aviv consists of over 30,000 students, nine faculties, 29 schools, and 98 departments.
The Blavatnik School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv is at the cutting edge of research. Areas of study are broken down into three main categories. First, Foundations of Computer Science includes such topics as Algorithms, Cryptography, Logic and Formal Methods, and Quantum Computation. Computer Systems includes Communication Networks, Computer Security, Asynchronous Computation, Programming Environments, Flash Memory, and more. Finally, Computer Applications includes the study of Historical Document Analysis, Robotics, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, and Calendrical Calculations.
West Lafayette, IN
Though the land was available in 1862, the ground breaking for Purdue University’s first campus building did not come until 1871. The school made rapid strides and by 1934 had the nation’s first university-owned airport. The Computer Science Department was founded in the 1960’s and by the 1980’s there was such an exponential increase in student enrollment that the school ran into a “space crisis.” Rapid expansion of the department occurred and continues to this day. A 30% growth in the Computer Science department has been projected for the upcoming academic year.
Departmental research areas include: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Computational Science and Engineering, Databases and Data Mining, Distributed Systems, Graphics and Visualization, Information Security and Assurance, Machine Learning and Information Retrieval, Networking and Operating Systems, Programming Languages and Compilers, Software Engineering, and Theory of Computing and Algorithms. The school also runs numerous research initiatives, such as a National Science Foundation supported Center for Science of Information, and the CERIAS Annual Information Security Symposium.
Located in sunny Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia Tech was founded on October 13, 1885 providing technology-based education to its students. Today Georgia Tech serves over 21,000 students and is ranked in the top 10 for best public universities by U.S. News & World Report.
Georgia Tech’s College of Computing developed through the late 1950’s to early 60’s. In 1997 the first class in the nation’s history was required to own personal computers. Today the College of Computing includes three schools, 18 degree programs, 84 academic faculty, 35 research faculty, and over 4,000 students (both graduate and undergraduate).
Computer science at Georgia Tech is broken down into three schools; The School of Computer Science, the School of Interactive Computing, and the School of Computational Science and Engineering. These three schools combine to offer 20 different areas of specialization ranging from information security, to human-centered learning/cognitive science, to machine learning.
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
As one of the oldest universities with over 800 years of history, Cambridge University is older than the United Kingdom itself. Its age is matched by a formidable reputation for unparalleled academic achievement. With over 200 research workers alone, the Computer Science Department has an equally impressive history and record of excellence. The Diploma in Computer Science was the world’s first degree in the area and was offered at Cambridge between 1953 and 2008. Undergraduate study in computer science was introduced as early as 1970.
The computer laboratory on campus was originally founded in 1937 as a mathematical laboratory. Digital computing started after 1945 under the direction of Maurice Wilkes. Current research topics include: Bioinformatics, Computer Architecture, Computer Vision, Distributed Systems, Graphics and Human-computer Interaction, Logic and Semantics, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Networking and Wireless Communication, Operating Systems and Virtualization, Programming, Security, and Sustainable Computing.
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Founded in 1928 by the Japanese colonial administration, National Taiwan University is the lead university in Taiwan responsible for research and training professionals. To this end, the university has 11 colleges covering 54 departments and 103 graduate institutes and plans to expand to meet current educational demands. There are four main research centers: Population and Gender Studies Center, Biotechnology Center, Condensed Matter Sciences Center and the Bio-diversity Center. Over 33,000 students have taken advantage of these resources in a school year.
The College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was formally established in 1997. The program is broken down into two departments and five graduate institutes. The two departments cover Electrical Engineering and Computer Science/Information Engineering. The graduate institutes include: Networking and Multimedia, Photonics and Optoelectronics, Communication Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and Biomedical Electronics/Bioinformatics.
Multiple famous alumni have come out of Taiwan University, such as Andrew Chi-Chih Yao who is famous for using the minimax theorem to prove the principle now named after him, and Rick Tsai, the president and CEO of industry leader Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
Located in the third largest capital city in the world, Beijing, China, Tsinghua University was founded in 1911. The school has grown to 14 schools, 56 departments, over 4,000 faculty members, and over 25,900 students. Tsinghua alumni include Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and the nation’s current paramount leader, and Hu Jintao, a former paramount leader.
In 1956 Tsinghua established one of the first computer majors in China under the department of Automatic Control. This was renamed in 1979 as the Department of Computer Engineering and Science. Tsinghua has made some significant contributions to the computer revolution. The first non-linear analog computer model was built in 1958, the first tube-based digital computer in 1959, and the first full-transistor digital computer in 1956. More recently in the 2000’s, Tsinghua had a leading role in the development of CNGI, the largest pure IPv6 network in the world.
Other major areas of research for the university include: Computer Systems, Computer Networks, Information Processing, Computer Vision/Media Computing, Data Knowledge/Software Engineering, Pervasive Computing, and Electronic Design Automation.
London, United Kingdom
The Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine was established in 1907 with the joining of the Royal College of Science, the Royal School of Mines, and the City & Guilds College. The four main disciplines of the school are science, engineering, medicine, and business. The school holds a strong emphasis in advancing women within these areas of study, for which it has been awarded the Silver Athena Swan award. The distinguished faculty includes 14 Nobel Laureates and two Field Medalists.
With one of the largest Computer Science departments in the United Kingdom, Imperial College has become a leader in research and technology. The department is well known for its achievements in Distributed Computing, Logic and Artificial Intelligence, High-Performance Computing, Visual Information Processing, Computing Theory, and Computational Aspects of Management Science.
The Higher Education funding Council for England has awarded the Computer Science department the highest rankings in Research Assessment Exercises and Teaching Quality Exercises.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Many of the traditional, leading centers of higher education are based out of western culture, but King Abdulaziz University retains its distinctly Middle Eastern culture while competing with far older schools from around the world. Founded in 1967 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz University follows Islamic regulations closely and has established separate campuses, sports teams, and research centers for men and women. An external program and online classes were also established to help meet the growing demand for higher education services. As of 2012, there were over 6,000 faculty members and 132,000 students at Abdulaziz University.
The Department of Computer Science was formally established in the 1985/86 school year, originally part of the Mathematics department. Academic accreditation for all bachelor-level programs in computer science from the American Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology was obtained in 2013.
To aid in obtaining research objectives and scientific cooperation between institutions, the Global Research and Scientific Partnerships department was established. This department works in conjunction with the specialized research groups on campus.
Located in Munich, Germany, TUM has been consistently ranked as one of Europe’s top universities. Founded in 1868 TUM currently operates 13 faculties, three integrative research centers, and six corporate research centers, making TUM one of the largest universities in Germany. There are over 9,000 staff members, including 13 Nobel Prize winners, 17 Leibniz prize winners, and 10 IEEE Fellows, who minister to over 37,000 students.
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers Bachelor’s through doctoral level study. For the undergraduate students, electromobility, intelligent grids, computer chips and environmentally-friendly energy supplies are the most current areas of study. The Master’s program offers three areas of discipline: Master of Science in Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, Master of Science in Communications Engineering, and Master of Science in Power Engineering. Doctoral candidates will focus on research in a number of centers of competence including: Electronics for Life Sciences, Neuro-Engineering, and Robotics/Autonomy and Interaction.
The idyllic southern California location and commitment to rigorous academic research has pushed the University of California at Irvine to be ranked #1 among universities in the U.S. by Times Higher Education. Among the 1,100 faculty, three have won Nobel prizes since the school’s founding in 1965. UCI offers 87 undergraduate degree programs, 59 master’s programs, and 46 Ph.D. programs.
The Department of Computer Science in the School of Information prides itself on its interdisciplinary culture and cutting edge research. There are 40 full-time faculty members, 200 graduate students, and 800 undergraduate students. The University runs 13 different research labs and centers including: the California Institute for Telecommunications, the Center for Emergency Response Technologies, and the Secure Computing and Networking Center. Additional research areas include: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Computer Graphics and Visualization, Medical Informatics, Scientific and Numerical Computing, and Security/Privacy and Cryptography.
Founded in 1905, the University of California at Davis opened its doors to the first students in 1908. Today there are over 35,000 students who may choose from 104 undergraduate programs or 96 graduate programs. The $974 million endowment has led to the establishment of four colleges and six professional schools.
There are two undergraduate tracts offered through the Department of Computer Science: Computer Science in the College of Letters and Science, or Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering. There are over 1,100 students participating in the two majors. At the graduate level, students will focus on one of a number of research topics including: Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Research Group, Computer Architecture, Computer Security, Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization, Networks Laboratory, Parallel and Distributed Computing, Programming Languages and Software Engineering, Software Engineering and Social Analytics, Theory Laboratory, and Visualization and Interface Design Innovation.
New York, NY
Originally founded as King’s College in 1754, Columbia University is the oldest institution of higher learning in New York and the fifth oldest in the United States. It is one of nine Colonial Colleges established before the American Revolution. Columbia administers the Pulitzer Prize annually and has had 101 Nobel Prize Laureates between students, faculty, and staff. Former notable alumni include five of the founding fathers of the United States, nine Supreme Court Justices, and three United States Presidents.
The Department of Computer Science has 10 major research areas: Computational Biology, Computer Engineering, Graphics/User Interfaces, Machine Learning, Networking, NLP and Speech, Security/Privacy, Software Systems, Theory, and Vision/Robotics. There are over 20 different laboratories and research groups available as resources. The undergraduate students have seven degree programs to choose from, while Master’s students have 10 available tracks. Doctoral candidates will pursue directed research and are strongly encouraged to dedicate a year of community service to the department.
Arizona State University, founded in 1885, consists of four campuses, 3,000 faculty members, and over 80,000 students. The faculty has seen two Nobel Laureates, four Pulitzer Prize winners, and one MacArthur Fellow. U.S. News & World Report ranks ASU as making the most innovative changes to academics, faculty, and student life and also as having the best public/private Law School in the nation.
The Computer Science department alone had a record 2,542 freshman enroll in 2014, making the total enrollment over 16,000 students. There are seven different degree tracks, including Master and Doctoral level studies taught by over 300 tenured professors. Six research centers offer the most updated information and resource material. Numerous research areas are covered including: artificial intelligence, imaging/graphics and visualization, cloud computing and distributed computing, social computing, healthcare operations and informatics, and simulation modeling/systems.
From Food Technology to NTU’s Satellite program, it is easy to see how this up-and-coming university has made such rapid strides. In fact, NTU has been rated as one of the top 50 fastest rising universities in Asia and in the world. It has also been rated as one of the top 15 most beautiful campuses in the world. Founded in 1981 in Singapore, NTU has over 7,000 faculty and staff and a research intensive focus. Attending NTU are 23,700 undergraduates and 9,000 graduate students. Of special note, NTU was one of seven founding members of the Global Alliance of Technological Universities. This coalition of academic brilliance was established to address global issues through the most updated science and technology.
The College of Engineering has six subdivisions: Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Research is accomplished throughout the school and is supported by 12 research institutes with 22 research centers and an additional 70 research centers under the colleges/schools.
Oxford, United Kingdom
Oxford has the unique distinction of being the oldest English speaking university in the world. Being the oldest, it has an extensive list of achievements and accolades. Oxford has been ranked as the top university in the world for academics and research by Times Higher Education world rankings and is known to have the largest library system in the UK. It also runs the largest and most widely recognized academic publishing house in the world. Alumni include 26 Nobel Prize winners, 120 Olympic medalists, 26 UK Prime Ministers, and over 30 other world leaders.
Established in 1957, the Oxford Computing Laboratory is one of the longest-established Computer Science Departments in the country. Research topics include Algorithms, Automated Verification, Computational Biology, Foundations/Logic and Structures, Information Systems, Programming Languages, Security, and Software Engineering. There are three tracks of study offered to undergraduates and four offered to master’s students. A PhD in Computer Science is also offered.
Northwestern University has been ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report for medicine, law, education, and business. Founded in 1851, there are now 12 colleges over a 240-acre campus in Evanston, Illinois, with a $10.5 billion endowment. In 1889, Dearborn Observatory housed the world’s largest refracting telescope at the time. In 1972, the Vogelback Computing Center opened and saw the school’s first CDC 3400 computer.
The McCormick School of Engineering was founded in 1909 and incorporated the Department of Computer Science in 1971. The department is broken down into eight programs including Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Five major centers are open to students for research such as the Segal Design Institute and the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. There are 181 faculty members, 1662 undergraduate students, 908 master’s students, and 868 PhD students within the department.
The Swiss Federal Institute claims three target missions for the school: teaching, research, and technology. One of two Swiss Federal Institutes, Lausanne is located in Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Europe. Formally established in 1853, the Lausanne school came into its own as a young engineering school by 1969. The 350 laboratories/research groups on campus have led Swiss Federal to become the most innovative and productive scientific institution. 13 programs are available to bachelor’s and master’s degree students, in addition to those seeking a doctorate degree.
The School of Computer and Communication Sciences is divided into two divisions. Students are encouraged to participate in internships for hands-on experience. Additional research areas include Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Architecture, Data Management, Graphics/Vision, and Human-Computer Interaction. This historic institution has produced great innovators such as Daniel Borel, the co-founder of Logitech, and Jean-Daniel Nicoud, the inventor of the mouse.
New York, NY
Among the thriving atmosphere of New York City, one can find the largest private university in America. New York University was founded in 1831 and has adapted along with the city. Over 40,000 students attend New York University across 18 schools and colleges. There are more than 2,500 courses offered and overseen by 3,100 full-time faculty members. The faculty has included four Nobel and Crafoord Prize winners, five Pulitzer Prize winners, and 11 MacArthur Fellows.
Under the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences is the Computer Science Department. The undergraduate department offers a BA and BS/BE dual degree. The Master’s level offers three tracks: Computer Science, Information Systems, and Science in Scientific Computing. Students may also pursue a doctorate in Computer Science. Popular research areas include: Algorithms and Theory, Cryptography, Computational Biology, Computer Graphics, Formal Methods and Verification, Machine Learning, Natural Language and Speech Processing, Networks/Operating Systems, and Scientific Computing.
Firmly rooted in Chinese culture, the University of Hong Kong was founded in 1963. The main campus over looks Tolo Harbor, making it one of the largest and most beautiful campuses in the city. There are a total of 127 undergraduate degrees offered in three or four year curriculums and more than 68 graduate degree tracks. High standards of research achievement are accomplished through the five state key laboratories.
Though computer courses were offered since 1968, the Department of Computer Science was not formally established until 1973. The school’s first ICL 1904A computer was installed in 1970, establishing the Joint Universities Computer Centre for two local universities. The British Computer Society accredited the Computer Science Department program in 1983. This was the first accreditation granted outside of the United Kingdom. Currently the department offers BSc, BEng, MSc, MPhil, and PhD degrees. There are 30 faculty members and a total of 680 students between all degree programs.
Chapel Hill, NC
Chartered in 1789, UNC-Chapel Hill claims the title of the nation’s first public university. Today the university offers 78 bachelor’s degrees, 112 masters degrees, 68 doctorate programs, and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Overseeing this academic excellence is a staff of 3,600 full time faculty members.
Founded in 1964, UNC-Chapel Hill’s computer science department also holds the title of the nation’s first independent department in this field. The university offers students B.S., B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science. There are 28 tenured faculty members in addition to 38 other staff members and four postdoctoral research associates. Undergraduate students number over 500, while graduate students number approximately 175. Research areas include: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Computer Graphics, Computer-Supported Collaborative Work, Computer Vision, Geometric Computing, Medical Image Analysis, and Robotics.
Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong
Ranked number one for three consecutive years by QS Asian University rankings, HKUST is well known as an international research university. One highlighted example came in 2000 when HKUST research teams developed the world’s smallest single-walled carbon nanotube. Founded in 1991, there are over 8,000 undergraduate students, over 4,000 postgraduate students, and 531 full time faculty.
October 1991 saw the opening of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department to 146 students. The program evolved over time to incorporate multimedia and the most recent technology. In 2006 the name was changed to Electronic and Computer Engineering. There are now over 900 undergraduate and graduate students in attendance with 42 teaching faculty members. The program sponsors over 100 research grants that cover a wide range of topics including Solid-State Electronics and Photonics, Integrated Circuits and Systems, Biomedical Engineering, Control and Robotic Systems, Signal, Information and Multimedia Processing, and Wireless Communications and Networking.
The twin cities have been home to the University of Minnesota campuses since 1851. Four additional campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester have been added since then. The 4,000 faculty members have included over 20 Nobel Laureates as well as a number of Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellows. The student body consists of 32,300 undergraduate, 16,700 graduate/professional students, and a number of notable alumni including former Vice President Walter Mondale and Super Bowl championship coach Tony Dungy.
The Computer Science department has a unique faculty with multiple recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and 23 CAREER Award winners. The department was also ranked in the top five by Microsoft Academic Research for data mining. The current 36 full time faculty members provide experience-driven education to 600 undergraduate majors, and 400 graduate students. Research areas include: Architectures, Compiler Optimization, Embedded Systems, Data Mining, Graphics and Visualization, Networks, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, and Theoretical Foundations.
Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
Located in one of China’s most historical and cultural cities, Zhejiang University was founded in 1897. As one of the oldest institutions in the nation, the university has had ample opportunity to help shape the culture and minds of the brightest students in the area. There are seven facilities and 36 colleges with over 13,000 graduate students, 8,000 PhD students, 23,000 undergraduates, and 3,000 full-time faculty members.
The Computer Science Department has 2,000 full time undergraduates studying in one of four departments: Computer Science and Engineering, Software Engineering, Digital Media and Network Technology, and Industrial Design. Over 60% of the courses and material are in both English and Chinese in order to promote international cooperation. Zhejiang also offers a Doctorate Program and Post-Doctorate Program of Computer Science and Technology. The graduate departments are comprised of Computer Application Technology, Computer Software Engineering and Computer System Architecture, as well as a doctorate degree for Digital Design and Art, and a master degree program for Design Art. Research areas include: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Software and Theory, Computer System Structures, Industry Design, and Computer Aided Design and Computer Graphics.
The University of Granada was founded in Cuesta del Hospicio, Spain, nearly 500 years ago. The city and university expanded together and are now a center for culture and education. Spread over five different campus locations are nearly 80,000 total students, with undergraduates making up the majority at approximately 60,000. There are over 3,000 teaching faculty and an additional 2000 staff members. These impressive numbers make the University of Grananda the fourth largest in Spain.
There are two programs available for students interested in Computer Science: the Department of Computer Architecture and Technology and the Department of Computer Electronics and Technology. Both programs provide various sub-specialties. Granada also runs multiple famous labs and research projects, including the Color Image Lab, which partners with industry and gives students hands-on color imaging experience.
London, United Kingdom
In 1826, the University College in London opened its doors to both men and women equally, which was unique for the time. The university continued in its progressive outlook leading to a number of historical highlights. The first operation under an anesthetic, the discovery of all five noble gases, and more recently, the first treatment for Hemophilia B are all part of the university’s academic excellence and achievements.
Out of 89 universities, the University College London’s Computer Science Department was ranked first place by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. For undergraduates, the department offers three tracks: a BSc in computer science, a MEng in computer science, and a MEng in mathematical computation. There are 17 tracks offered for postgraduate students as well as a number of research degrees. With a heavy emphasis on cutting edge material, the school has developed 11 research groups, nine research centers, and four interests groups.
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Located in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong and established as a University in 1994, City University now has three Colleges and four Schools: College of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, School of Creative Media, School of Energy and Environment, School of Law, and School of Veterinary Medicine. There are 17,000 total students and approximately 1000 staff members.
The Department of Computer Science was founded in 1984. Students will be exposed to the subjects of Computer Architecture, Software Engineering, Distributed Databases, Parallel Programming, Internet and Mobile Computing, and High-Speed Networking. Research foci include Multimedia and Image Computing, Computer Networks and Distributed Systems, Mobile and Real-time Computing, Algorithms and Theory, Information Security, Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering, and Object Technology.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Consistently ranked among the top 40 universities in the world since 1915, the University of British Columbia has embraced an innovative and entrepreneurial perspective. Appropriately, British Columbia established Canada’s first Fair Trade campus. With over 59,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff members, the networking opportunities are endless. Notable alumni and faculty include seven Nobel Laureates, two Canadian Prime Ministers, and 65 Olympic Medalists.
Established in May 1968, the Computer Science department is one of the top three programs in Canada. There are 55 faculty members in the program, as well as 1300 undergraduate students, 200 graduate students, and 10 post-doctoral fellows. The department has a strong emphasis on encouraging women and gender minorities within the computer science field. Research interests include Imager Laboratory for Graphics, Visualization, and HCI, Laboratory for Computational Intelligence, Sensory Motor Systems Laboratory, and the Software Practices Laboratory.
Notre Dame, IN
Known as an independent, national Roman Catholic research university, Notre Dame was founded in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. There are four undergraduate colleges, 14 research institutes, and 24 centers/special programs. The school prides itself on pioneering research and has had numerous successes including forefront research in wireless communication, development of the formula for synthetic rubber, bone-marrow treatment for leukemia and Hodgkin’s disease, and germ-free technology.
Notre Dame’s School of Engineering is broken down into five departments, one of which is the department of Computer Science. There are 20 full time faculty members who work very closely with each student, often collaborating on projects and research. Programs of study include advanced computer architecture and nanotechnology, computer vision and pattern recognition, data mining and machine learning, operating systems and computer networks, computer security, and scientific computing.
The National University of Singapore was founded as a medical school in 1905 in an attempt to reach the needs of the local community. The success of the school grew rapidly and today encompasses three campuses. The 12 undergraduate schools have 28,000 students enrolled and the four graduate schools have 10,000 students in attendance. Part of the success of the university can be attributed to the 2,400 faculty who teach from personal experience in their fields.
The School of Computing was established in 1998. There are a total of 2000 students in the department. Research areas are broken down under Computer Science and Information Systems. Computer Science includes areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Media, and Security. Information Systems includes Business Intelligence, Electronic and Social Commerce, Healthcare Information Systems, and IT-enabled service innovation. Both the faculty and students are involved in developing new software and applications. Students are encouraged to develop prototypes that may have commercial potential.
Minhang, Shanghai, China
With a world renowned reputation, Shanghai University currently has 28 schools/departments, 26 directly-affiliated institutions, and 12 affiliated hospitals. The student body consists of 16,099 undergraduates and 27,921 postgraduates. The well-experienced faculty includes 2,851 full-time teachers.
Shanghai was one of the first three universities in China to offer study in Computer Science. The department was formally established in 1956. There are five established research areas: Computer Science Theory, Parallel and Distributed Computing, Intelligence and Human Computer Interaction, Cryptography and Information Security and Computer Applications.
According to the Assessments of the Ministry of Education by Graduate Education Development Center for 2006, the Computer Science and Technology department was ranked No. 6 in China, and rose to No. 4 for 2012. The Microsoft Intelligent Computing and Intelligent Systems Laboratory was established in September 2005 between Shanghai Jiaotong University and Microsoft Research Asia.
50. Yale University
New Haven, CT
One of the oldest institutions in America, Yale was founded in 1701 in Connecticut, but can trace its roots even further back to the 1640’s. As a pre-revolutionary war university, Yale has a lengthy and impressive academic history consistent with a $19.3 billion endowment. Yale had the first art museum on campus and first school of fine arts, the first intermural sports, and was the first university to award PhDs. The invention of the Frisbee is attributed to students at Yale (tossing Frisbie Pie plates from the same named pastry company).
The University is broken down into three major academic areas: Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Science, and the Professional Schools. The student body consists of over 5,000 undergraduates and over 6,000 graduates/professional students.
Alan Perlis came to Yale in the early 70’s and helped established the computer science department. The department offers five tracks for undergraduates: a BS and a BA, as well as three programs integrated with the engineering department, math department, and psychology department. There are two graduate level programs, the MS and the PhD. Research areas include Artificial Intelligence, Computer Graphics, Computer Music, Machine Learning, Security/Cryptography, and Social Robotics.
The faculty and students at the University of Washington have been turning ideas into reality since 1861. From humble beginnings, UW now has three campuses and 16 schools and colleges run by over 3,000 full time faculty members. The student body has grown to over 54,000 students, both undergraduate and graduate, as testament to the academic excellence of the school. There are 440 degree options across 280 programs in which students can enroll.
Computer Science and Engineering was originally established in 1967 as an inter-college graduate program. The undergraduate program was added in 1975 and the program became a department of its own. Continued growth and development of the department has led to the employment of 50 faculty members and 75 technical staff members, including three MacArthur Fellows. Research topics include: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Robotics, Security and Privacy, Ubiquitous Computing, and Wireless and Sensor Systems.
52. Duke University
Historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Duke University was established in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke. The original school, Trinity College, was founded in 1838 and was expanded into Duke University due to the family’s endowment. Today there are 10 schools/colleges, 6,000 undergraduates, 8,000 graduate/professional students, and 3,300 faculty/staff members.
Duke’s Department of Computer Science prides itself on the many successful collaborations in which it has participated both interdepartmental and with industry leading companies. Research groups have studied algorithms, artificial intelligence, and education. Research initiatives have covered geometric computing, memory systems, and learning/modeling. In addition to interdisciplinary certificate programs and minor degrees, the Computer Science Department offers B.A., B.S., M.S., and doctorate degrees. Double majors with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are encouraged.
Since 1876, the University of Colorado at Boulder has had an incredible view of the Rocky Mountains. With the top graduation rate in Colorado, there are currently over 29,000 students enrolled. The smaller 18:1 student-teacher ratio provides a welcoming atmosphere and a personalized educational experience. The over 3,000 full time faculty includes nearly 2,000 researchers who have contributed to UC’s academic excellence. The school has been ranked number 15 in the world for research and scholarly impact.
The Computer Science department has made great contributions to the school’s national research ranking. From modeling climate change to understanding social media, the department strives to study the most current research questions and apply the best technological answers available. Other research areas include: Artificial Intelligence, Computational Biology, Human-Centered Computing, and Systems and Networking. The department offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
The University of Copenhagen has four central campus areas, six faculties, and over 100 departments and research centers, making it the largest university in the Nordic countries. Over 40,000 students attend classes taught by over 10,000 full time faculty and staff members. There are more than 200 programs for students to select. There have been eight Nobel Laureates associated with Copenhagen. The school prides itself on the diversity of the academics and the success of the research departments.
The Department of Computer Science offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level degrees. The B.S. in computer science is taught in the Danish language only. Since its founding in 1970, the department has grown into 100 staff members and 1,000 students in attendance. There are 3 main research groups available: the Image Group, Algorithms and Programming Languages, and Human Centered Computing.
Santa Barbara, CA
Located along the coveted coast of California, the University of California at Santa Barbara was founded in 1909. It is one of only 61 institutions to be a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The reputation of academic excellence is based on the work of over 1,000 faculty members, six of whom were Nobel Laureates. Discoveries have included the world’s first nonpolar blue-violet laser diodes and the birthplace of practical scanning microscopes.
Over 200 degree programs are offered at UC, Santa Barbara including Computer Science. Starting in 1979, this relatively young department has grown rapidly in the ever-changing world of technology. Cutting-edge research topics include: Computer Science Education and Diversity, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Security and Cryptography, Social Computing, and Visual Computing and Interaction. The department offers five-year B.S./M.S./M.A. programs as well as a Master of Science and a PhD in Computer Science.
Manchester, United Kingdom
As one of the largest investment facilities in the UK, the University of Manchester is surpassing expectations in terms of research and academic excellence. According to the Research Excellence Framework in 2014, 83% of the school’s research programs were ranked as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The hard work and dedication of the students and staff have contributed to Manchester’s top rankings. There have been 25 Nobel Prizes associated with the University.
With 68 years of service, the Department of Computer Science at Manchester is the oldest of its kind in the UK. The foundations for the Computer Science Department were laid in 1946 in the Engineering Department with the development of the first random-access digital storage device. More recent research groups are focusing on Bio-Health Informatics, Imaging Sciences, Machine Learning and Optimization, and Text Mining. Laboratories include the E-Science lab, Web Ergonomics lab, and the Automation lab.
New Brunswick, NJ
As the eighth oldest college in America and the birthplace of college football, Rutgers University has an exciting and proud academic history. Today there are over 32,000 undergraduates and 8,000 graduate students across 18 schools and colleges. The faculty members are highly skilled and nationally recognized and include MacArthur Fellows and Pulitzer Prize winners. In total, there are approximately 10,000 faculty and staff members.
Established in 1969, the Computer Science department offers Bachelor’s through Doctoral level studies. Students are taught by experienced faculty members and have access to the most recent technology in numerous laboratories on campus. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged and dual majors are available. The department has five main research groups: Computer Security, Computer Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Theory of Computation and Mathematical Methods, and Vision/Graphics.
58. Rice University
Founded by a Massachusetts-born business man in Houston, Texas in 1891, Rice University takes a leadership role in research and education. Its smaller 6:1 student-teacher ratio has allowed the 3,888 undergraduate and 2,610 graduate students to have a more personalized education experience. There are 641 full-time and 208 part-time faculty members who both teach and pursue research within 8 schools: Architecture, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Business, Music, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.
Under the George R. Brown School of Engineering, students will find the Department of Computer Science. The department is broken down into three areas of concentration. Under the Algorithm/Artificial Intelligence program, students will research bioinformatics, computer graphics, machine learning, natural language processing, and robotics. The Computer Engineering and Systems program researches cyber-physical systems, mobile computing, networks, and secure systems. And last, the Programming Languages and Software Engineering specialization will focus on inexact computing, parallel software, programming languages, programming tools, software engineering, and software verification.
59. KU Leuven
KU Leuven was founded in Belgium in 1425 by Pope Martin V, making it one of the oldest, largest, and most renowned universities in Europe. 600 years of rich academic history meets cutting edge research and modern technology under three major areas of study: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science/Engineering and Technology, and Biomedical Sciences.
A civil engineering degree in applied mathematics was offered at KU Leuven as early as 1962. This program gradually expanded into the Computer Science department by 1981. Today the department offers the equivalent of four Master’s level degrees and doctoral studies. The department personnel consists of 150 PhD students, 300 Master’s students, and 100 staff members, 30 of whom are professors. There are seven major research groups: Distributed and Secure Software, Declarative Language/Artificial Intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction, Combinatorial Optimization and Decision Support, Numerical Integration/Nonlinear Equations and Software, Numerical Approximation and Linear Algebra Group, and Scientific Computing.
Salt Lake City, UT
Within a culture that goes back to the Ute Native American tribe, the University of Utah takes pride in its diversity and innovation. Founded in 1850, the University is now the oldest and largest in the state. It is well known for creating startup companies based on student and faculty research. The success of the University has attributed to its rapid growth and development. The student body has grown to over 23,000 undergraduates and 7,000 graduates who can choose from over 100 degree programs.
The School of Computing holds to excellence in research, education, and networking. Though the School of Computing was recently opened in 2000, computer engineering research started in 1965. There are 500 undergraduates and 200 graduates in attendance. Primary research areas include Image Analysis, Human Computer Interaction, Parallel Computing, Robotics, Scientific Computing, and Visualization. Major contributions from students and faculty include the Sketchpad, magnetic ink printing technology, and pioneering work in computer animation, digital music recording, asynchronous circuits, and graphical user interfaces.
East Lansing, MI
The first school to teach scientific agriculture, MSU strives to provide modern education in unique and innovative ways. U.S. News & World Report has ranked MSU as first in the nation for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education, nuclear physics, organizational psychology, and rehabilitation counseling. MSU has grown to over 200 programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional study since its founding in 1855. The student body includes 38,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate/professional students who are taught by over 5,000 experienced faculty and academic staff.
The Computer Science Department at MSU strives to improve national and global concerns with modern technology. To this end, students are encouraged to participate in interdisciplinary projects and research. Resources available include the Biometrics Research Group, the Digital Evolution Laboratory, the Embodied Intelligence Laboratory, the Language Interaction and Knowledge Discovery Laboratory, and the Media and Entertainment Technologies Laboratory.
College Station, TX
With over 60,000 students and over 5,000 acres of land, Texas A&M University is physically one of the largest schools in the nation. The A&M abbreviation stood for Agricultural and Mechanical in the past, however today the letters are kept more out of tradition. The University remains one of only six senior military colleges and offers over 120 undergraduate degrees, 240 graduate degrees, and several professional degrees.
Founded in 1964, the Computer Science Department has 1,200 enrolled students. Experienced faculty members provide intellectual leadership and include 39 tenured professors, 6 research faculty, and ACM, IEEE, AAAS and SIAM Fellows. Research groups focus on Foundations of Computing, Human-Centered Systems, Information, Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Software/Software Engineering, and Systems. Multidisciplinary research areas include Brain Networks, Digital Humanities, and Emergency Informatics.
Noted as the first national comprehensive university in Beijing, China, Peking University was founded in 1898. It is the oldest active base for the Chinese Communist Party. There are a number of notable Chinese alumni including Lu Xun, Mao Zedong, Chen Duxiu, and two Nobel Prize winners: Tsung-Dao Lee and Yang Chen Ning. There are 30 colleges broken down into 12 departments. Acting as a major research institution for China, Peking has 216 research departments and centers working on progressive and cutting edge topics.
The largest of the 30 schools at Peking is the School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science. There are four subsections: the Department of Computer Science and Technology, the Department of Electronics, the Department of Microelectronics, and the Department of Machine Intelligence. There are approximately 390 faculty and staff members for 2600 students. Key laboratories and research areas run by the school include Quantum Electronics, Physical Electronics, Computational Linguistics, Digital Media, Microelectronics, and Information Science.
State College, PA
The academic success and prolific research at Penn State is consistent with the institution’s $2.4 billion endowment. Since its founding in 1855 the school has grown to 24 campuses with a student body of 82,000 undergraduates and 13,000 graduates. Degree programs offered include over 90 associate programs, over 160 bachelor programs, and over 160 graduate programs.
One of the largest and more prominent degree programs at Penn is the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The department is home to over 84 faculty members, 2500 undergraduate students, and 400 graduate students. Research groups focus on applying technology to challenges presented in healthcare, energy, environment, information technology, and defense/homeland security. Other areas of study include: electronic and optical materials, devices, sensors, power systems; remote sensing and space systems; signal/image processing and computer vision, controls and communication theory; security and distributed systems; machine learning, and data science.
Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware has made great contributions to history, including the education of three signers of the Declaration of Independence. The university today encompasses seven colleges and over 70 research centers. There are over 300 programs offered to 21,000 students. The distinguished faculty members include a Nobel Prize winner, Guggenheim and Fulbright fellows, and members of the National Academy of Sciences.
The Department of Computer and Information Sciences offers three undergraduate tracks: BS in computer science, BA in computer science, or BS in information systems. There are four graduate tracks offered: MS in computer science, MS in software engineering, MS in bioinformatics/computational biology, and PhD in computer science. The core research areas cover Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Computer Graphics, Computer Networks, Computer Vision, High Performance Computing, Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval, Software Engineering, and Theory of Computation.
Xi’an, Shaanxi, China
Xian Jiao is the oldest institution of higher education in China. Originally founded in 1896 as Nanyang College, the name of the school was formally changed in 1959. As a comprehensive research university with scientific focus, the school fosters a devotion to learning and respecting truth. The school is especially known for its strengths in engineering, public health, and technology. Xian Jiao Tong was one of the first universities in China to embrace online education.
There are 10 branches of learning across 26 full-time colleges and schools, with eight schools for undergraduates and 12 affiliated teaching hospitals. The dedicated performance of the 2,861 full-time teachers and 30,682 full-time students makes Xian Jiao the top research university that it is today. Instruction for international degrees is in English.
Wuhan, Hubei, China
The Huazhong University of Science and Technology is the result of the merging of three other institutions, the former Huazhong University of Science and Technology, the Tongji Medical University, and the Wuhan Urban Construction Institute. HUST formally opened its doors on May 26, 2000 as the product of this joint collaboration. 11 major disciplines are taught: engineering, medicine, management, science, philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, and agriculture.
The staff includes over 2,000 professors and associate professors and 36 recipients of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars award. The student body consists of 32,000 undergraduates, 22,000 graduates, and 6,000 doctoral candidates.
The School of Computer Science and Technology has a number of distinguished faculty members and key laboratories dedicated to research and the education of students. Pivotal areas of study include storage technology and systems, parallel and distributed computing, database theory and modern technology, digital media, and networking systems. The school is particularly noted for its work in computer architecture.
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Known as the ‘City of Ice’ due to its long winters and short summers, Harbin, China is home to the main campus of the Harbin Institute of Technology. The additional two campuses span the country from north to south. Focused on perseverance and excellent research since its founding in 1920, Harbin Institute covers 10 disciplines including philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, management science, and art.
HIT is well known for its research in science and engineering and was ranked 10th in the world by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. In fact, HIT is one of only ten universities in the world to have designed, built, and launched their own satellites. The school of Science and Technology was founded in the 1950’s and has since established 45 research institutes. The highly experienced faculty members are the driving force behind HIT’s research initiatives. There are 2,900 full time teachers/researchers alone, not including the professors, associate professors, and scientists.
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Canada’s leading comprehensive university was founded in 1965. There are three distinctive campuses, each with their own charm. Today, 30,000 students participate in numerous cutting-edge courses taught by 6,500 faculty and staff members. The academic courses run on a year-round trimester schedule. The 130,000 alumni can be found networking worldwide. Simon Fraser University is the first Canadian member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
The School of Computing Science, the School of Engineering Science, and the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering are all run by the Faculty of Applied Sciences. There are approximately 1,500 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students participating in the Computer Science program. The study of computer science started in 1973, though the department was not established until 1985. In 2005 the department was the first to establish a Dual Degree Cohort Program with Zhejiang University, China.
Hung Hom, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytech started as the Government Trade School in 1937, the first of its kind to be established in Hong Kong. The name of the school was changed after WWII in 1947. Today there are 32,000 total students and 3,000 faculty and staff members. As a skilled research community, a number of honors have been awarded to Hong Kong Polytech. U.S. News & World Report ranked Polytech’s engineering research disciplines as 1st in Hong Kong and 9th in the world.
The Department of Computer Science can be found within the School of Engineering. The faculty members of the Engineering department were recognized for their excellent skill and knowledge of Computer Science by the National Taiwan University Ranking in 2014. There are over a dozen labs and research groups that have participated in the success of the department; these include the Biometrics Research Center, Game Lab, Mobile Cloud Computing Lab, Smart Sensing Lab, and Visual Analytics Lab.
In 1956 the Netherlands saw the founding of Eindhoven University of Technology. There are 11 three-year Bachelor’s programs, 22 two-year Master’s programs, and 11 two-year design programs offered. The student body consists of approximately 5,000 undergraduates, 3,000 master’s students, 300 design program students, and 1,000 doctoral candidates.
The school takes pride in its technology-based focus and has three strategic areas of research: Energy, Health, and Smart Mobility. Each area focuses on how technology can help improve life in those areas. Energy, for example, researches technology and improving pollution, while Smart Mobility focuses on how technology can improve safety during travel. A number of progressive research groups and centers strive for excellence through progress. These groups include the High Tech Systems Center, COBRA Research Institute and Research Center for Integrated Nano-photonics, Materials Technology, Intelligent Lighting Institute, and the Eindhoven Multiscale Institute.
Hsinchu City, Taiwan
As one of the two oldest universities in China, NCTU has a proud history of academic achievement. It was the first university in China to establish an electrical engineering program and a computer engineering program. NCTU also educated the first Ph. D. in engineering in Taiwan and established the first national research center, dubbed the Microelectronics and Information Systems Research Center.
The College of Computer Science has an equally impressive history of research accomplishments. The college is broken down into six academic areas: the Department of Computer Science, the Institute of Computer Science and Engineering, the Institute of Network Engineering, the Institute of Multimedia Engineering, the Undergraduate Honors Program in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, and the International Graduate Program in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science.
In 1988, the first Autonomous Land Vehicle with Computer Vision was developed in Taiwan. Other world-leading achievements include the first medium-sized Chinese keyboard in 1973, the first automatic Chinese seal identification system in 1982, and the first optical fiber network in student dorms in 1992.
Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China
Xidian University, also known as the University of Electronic Science and Technology at Xi’an, is located in historical Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province, China. The primary focus of the University is electronics/information education and research. The school is particularly well known for its research and achievements in Information Technology.
The University is organized into 13 schools including Telecommunications Engineering, Computer Science and Technology, Software, and Microelectronics. There are over 20 different laboratories and 30 institutes or research centers including: the Laboratory of Radar Signal Processing, the Laboratory of Antennas and Microwave Technology, the Institute of Multimedia, and Institute of Computer Peripherals.
Xidian is one of the 35 universities having a national demonstration School of Software and one of the 15 universities having an IC Talents Training Center. There are over 40,000 students including 1,400 Ph. D. students and 7,000 Master students. The faculty includes 1,696 academic researchers and teaching faculty members.
Established in 1993 in Jaen, Spain, the University of Jaen is a public institution with two additional satellite campuses. Nevertheless, this young school has ancient ties to the 17th century through a Pontifical school and to the 14th century through the University of Baeza.
The school is divided into nine different centers of academics. There are three facilities: Experimental Science, Social Sciences and Law, and Humanities and Education. In addition there are three academic colleges, two technical colleges, and one research center. The Technical Colleges include Jaen Advanced Technical College and Linares Advanced Technical College. Under the Jaen Advanced Technical College, students may choose from a number of undergraduate tracks including Computer Engineering and Statistics, and Computer Engineering Management. More than 40 degrees are offered through these nine centers including undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level programs.
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Located in Saudi Arabia, KAUST recently celebrated its 5th anniversary. Though a young institution, KAUST has already made great strides in research and development. In 2009 the Visual Computing Center opened, 2010 saw the opening of the Water Desalination and Reuse Center and the Catalysis Center, and most recently in 2014 the Clean Combustion Research Center was inaugurated. The ideal location of the campus on the Red Sea has inspired aquatic research and the opening of the Red Sea Research Center. Expedition of the Red Sea started in September, 2011.
KAUST’s focus has been on graduate level education and research. The main areas of study are Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering; Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Science and Engineering; and Physical Science and Engineering. KAUST is home to Shaheen II, one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers as well as CORNEA, a six-sided virtual reality facility. This program allows researchers to turn data into interactive 3D structures.
Johns Hopkins was a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and abolitionist who set aside seven million dollars, at the time the world’s largest donation, for the founding of a hospital, training colleges, an orphanage, and a university. Thus Johns Hopkins University opened its doors in 1876 with the goal of providing world class, well-rounded education. The globally focused intellectual diversity of the school can still be seen today among the 21,000 students and the 36 winners of the Nobel Prize. Research and networking can be found in over 150 countries.
Among the 240 programs of study is the Department of Computer Science within the Whiting School of Engineering. Both graduate and undergraduate studies are offered. The research-focused faculty members are multidisciplinary and will collaborate with the departments of Electrical, Mechanical, and Biomedical Engineering. Areas of study and research include Computational Biology and Medicine, Machine Learning and Data Intensive Computing, Robotics, Vision and Graphics, and Theory and Programming Languages.
The University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin. Though the size of the university has grown considerably to four undergraduate schools and 12 graduate/professional schools, the focus of the school continues in the same intellectual rigor of its founder. UPenn is unique among the Ivy League’s in that all the schools are united by a single campus. The faculty members are highly experienced, recognized globally,and are distinguished as eight MacArthur Fellows, four Nobel Prize winners, and five Pulitzer Prize winners.
Under the School of Engineering and Applied Science students will find the Department of Computer and Information Science. The history of the department can be traced back to 1946 and the development of the world’s first electronic, large-scale, general-purpose digital computer. With further research and development by renowned professors, the department is now known as the birth place of the modern computer. Cutting-edge research continues to be done in the areas of Intelligent Systems, Information Systems, Hardware and Software Systems, Networks, and Theory.
The University of Wisconsin was founded in 1848 with a vision for the future and dedication to scholarly achievements. Highlights of the institution’s history include the discovery of vitamin A in 1913 and vitamin B in 1916, the discovery of methods to iodize salt in the 1930’s, and more recently the first genetically reprogrammed human skin cells to be indistinguishable from embryonic stem cells in 2007. With increased demand from the school, UW has expanded to include 13 schools and colleges, and 21,000 faculty and staff. The student body includes 29,000 undergraduates and 9,000 graduates.
With over 50 years of experience in research and education, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin is one of the most reputable in the United States. As the department has adapted to the growth of the technology industry, it has more to offer its students. In 2002 online enrollment began, and in 2013 the first Massive Open Online Courses initiative was launched. The department is known for world leading research in computer architecture, database systems, distributed and grid computing, and nonlinear optimization.
South Bridge, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
As the sixth oldest English speaking university in the world, the University of Edinburgh has an impressive history of accolades and academic achievements. It is a member of the Russell Group and the League of European Research Universities. After Cambridge and Oxford, Edinburgh has the third largest endowment in the United Kingdom. The academic programs are organized into three colleges with 25 different departments/schools. With over 35,000 students and 6,000 faculty/staff members, there have been a number of notable personnel associated with the school including 20 Nobel Prize winners, one Pulitzer Prize winner, and three Prime Ministers.
The department of Computer Science is one of the largest in the Science and Engineering Faculty. The Department of Artificial Intelligence, the Centre for Cognitive Science, and the Department of Computer Science combined in 1998 to form the School of Informatics. Research areas that the School is well known for include Artificial Intelligence, Computational Linguistics, Systems Biology, Mathematical Logic, and Theoretical Computer Science.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Founded in 1821, McGill University has been ranked first in Canada among medical-doctoral universities for ten consecutive years. There are over 300 programs of study and four affiliated teaching hospitals. A tradition of academic excellence and innovation has led to the creation of Plexiglas, the artificial blood cell, and progress in the field of epigenetics. The faculty and alumni have included 12 Noble Laureates.
The School of Computer Science continues in the same progressive manner as the school at large. The department has 34 faculty members for 100 Master’s students and 60 PhD students. Undergraduate degree students can pursue the study of Computer Science through the Faculty of Science. There are numerous research areas covered including: Algorithmic Game Theory, Breast Cancer, Computer Vision, Currency Theory, Pattern Recognition, Probabilistic Systems, and Quantum Computing.
Bristol, City of Bristol, United Kingdom
From 1876 to 1909 the University College, Bristol was educating highly talented students. Since 1909 the same outstanding teaching and research continues under the name University of Bristol. The superb faculties include six major divisions: Art, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Health Sciences, Science, and Social Sciences and Law. These faculties are further organized into 30 schools/centers for study. 11 Noble Laureates have been associated with the school.
The Computer Science Department has 40 academic staff, 63 research staff, and 29 support staff who are known for teaching excellence and international research. Interests within the department include microprocessor design, biological computing, and wearable computers. The 400 undergraduates, 130 graduates, and 100 PhD students are encouraged to confront intellectual challenges with creativity. Leading research areas include High Performance Computing, Cryptography, Artificial Intelligence, Software Development, and Systems Design and Animation.
Albert Einstein, Martin Buber, Chaim Nahman Bialik, and Chaim Weizmann are among the founders of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Though officially founded in 1918, the school did not open until 1925. The academic departments are organized into six campuses, seven faculties, and 14 schools. Of the 23,000 students and 1,000 senior faculty members, there have been eight Nobel Prize winners associated with the school. Striving for excellence and integrity in research, the University of Jerusalem also aims to preserve the Jewish culture and intellectual traditions.
The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering offers eight tracks for undergraduates including combined programs with a Masters of Business Administration. There are three tracks offered for Master’s students: Computer Science, Computer Science and Computational Biology, and Applied Physics. Doctoral level studies are also available. Research areas include Computer Science and Engineering, Bioengineering, and Applied Physics.
83. Ghent University
Founded by King William I of Orange in 1817, Ghent University has developed into a leading public research university in Belgium. The school is structured into 11 faculties, eight administrative departments, 117 faculty departments, and over 230 academic courses. The 11 faculties cover the disciplines of Art and Philosophy, Law, Sciences, Medicine and Health, Engineering and Architecture, Economics and Business, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, Bio-science, Pharmaceuticals, and Political and Social Sciences. There are over 40,000 students enrolled and 9,000 faculty members and employees.
The Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science curriculum is constructed by the faculty of Sciences and the faculty of Applied Sciences together. The inter-disciplinary approach allows for a broader range of research and educational study. Research topics include Communication Technology, Application Software, Program Development, and Numerical and Formal Informatics.
84. Brown University
Brown University is a coeducational Ivy League institution located in historic Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1764, Brown has over 250 years of academic excellence and progress. Today there are 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, and 490 medical school students. Students may enroll in 70 undergraduate concentrations, 51 doctoral programs, and 28 master’s programs. Over 700 faculty members are dedicated to cutting edge research and education.
With a focus on innovation in research and education since 1979, Brown’s Department of Computer Science has continuously produced prominent contributions to the field. As a multidisciplinary program, the research programs are not restrained by traditional boundaries. One example is the work produced in the Center for Computational Molecular Biology. Research areas include: Cloud Computing, Computational Geometry, Computational Neuroscience, Educational Technology, Electronic Commerce, Verification and Reliable Systems, and Virtual Reality.
85.University of Florida
Attributed with the creation of the popular sports drink, Gatorade, the University of Florida is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive university. Founded in 1853, the academic departments are organized into 16 colleges and over 150 research centers. Of the 4,000 prominent faculty members there are 34 Eminent Scholar chairs and two Pulitzer Prize winners. The school enrolls approximately 50,000 per year.
The Computer and Information Science & Engineering Department is comprised of over 40 academic faculty members including two Fulbright Scholars, 12 NSF Career Awards, and four IEEE Fellows. There are five undergraduate programs, a Master’s program, and doctoral program. Research is being done in Computer Graphics, Modeling and Art, Computer Systems, Database and Information Systems, High-Performance Computing/Applied Algorithms, Intelligent Systems and Computer Vision, and Networks and Security.
In 1934, the Daniel Sieff Research Institute was founded and became the forerunner to the Weizmann Institute of Science. With a dedication to scientific advancements, the Institute has seen a number of world leading achievements such as amniocentesis, high-precision diamond cutting, affinity chromatography, and living polymerization. There are five faculties: Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology, which are further organized into 17 departments, one graduate school, and 50 interdisciplinary centers. There are over 2,600 faculty, staff, and researchers and 250 research groups that have contributed to the success of the Institution.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science was established in 1949 and is one of the first of its kind in Israel. The facility has three main research centers: The Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, The Moross Laboratory for Vision Research and Robotics, and the Research in Foundations of Computer Science center. Graduate study is offered in four areas: Applied Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, and Mathematics. The programs for undergraduate students are organized into two areas, The Ulpana de Shalit program and the Kupcinet-Getz International Science School.
One of Australia’s leading research universities, the University of New South Wales was founded in 1949. The university was established in response to the demands of WWII and the development of science and technology. The school started with 46 students enrolled and now educates over 50,000 bright minds. The academic departments are divided into eight faculties: Art & Design; Arts & Social Sciences; Built Environment; Business School; Engineering; Law; Medicine; and Science.
Under the Faculty of Engineering, students can enroll in the School of Computer Science. Founded in 1991, the School of Computer Science has become one of the largest in Australia and is a member of the National ICT Australia group. Faculty members, well-experienced in the field, focus on numerous areas of study/research including: Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Embedded and Operating Systems, Networks, Programming Languages, Service Oriented Computing, Software Engineering, and Theory.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Located in Alberta, Canada, the University of Alberta looks for high academic achievement and focused research. The University itself has over 400 teaching and research agreements in nearly 50 countries. Founded in 1908, the academic departments are organized into 400 programs in 18 faculties over four campuses. The research faculty members have been accredited with numerous achievements including the development of sonar, synthesization of sucrose, and the first successful open-heart surgery.
The Computer Science Department in the University of Alberta is one of the oldest and largest departments in Canada. Student enrollment in the department includes 500 undergraduates, 200 graduates, and 25 post-doctoral fellows. The faculty includes 42 professors and 10 administrative staff. Research opportunities include Artificial Intelligence, Database Systems, Computer Games, Machine Learning, Robotics, Man-Machine Interfaces, Bioinformatics, Communication Networks, Computer Graphics, and Computer Vision.
Southampton, United Kingdom
In 1862 Henry Robinson Hartley left his entire estate to the people of Southampton, thus the Hartley Institute was founded. With a dedication to the advancement of science and education, the school grew rapidly and now contains 31 academic units. There are over 23,000 students, including 16,000 undergraduates and 7,000 postgraduates. With much forethought in the field of science, the university was one of the first to open a Department of Electronics in 1947, and the first to use digital resources that led to the creation of on-line and distance learning courses.
The Electronics and Computer Science Department at Southampton has been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for its effort in addressing gender inequality in science and engineering. With eight world-leading research groups and over 500 researchers, the department has made historic strides, including the creation of the world’s first optical fibers in the 1960’s. The current student body includes 800 undergraduates and over 300 graduates.
The Technical University of Denmark is ranked as one of the premier technical universities in Europe. It continues in the tradition of the cutting edge research started by H.C. Ørsted. Known as the father of electromagnetism, H.C. Ørsted founded the University in 1829. Today the school offers 17 BEng programs, 16 BSc programs, 28 MSc programs, 25 joint international MSc programs, and 19 PhD programs. Over 10,000 students enrolled in the 2014 academic year. Fluent Danish is required for most programs. The school runs multiple research centers. These centers include the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis, which conducts cutting edge research in bioinformatics, as well as the Center for Information and Communication Technologies.
Sapienza University is one of the oldest institutions in the world. U.S News & World Report ranks Sapienza as one of the most reputable in all of Europe. The school was founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII and has had an influential role in the history of Italy. The academic courses are structured into 63 departments and 11 faculties.
The faculty members include 2000 professors and 1,700 researchers. There are 59 libraries, 21 Museums, and three affiliated hospitals. Students may choose from 290 Bachelor and Master Programs, 100 PhD courses and 200 professional courses.
The Department of Computer Science was founded in 1992. The full range of educational degrees is offered and an internship in computer science is encouraged for all enrolled students. Research areas for the department cover Artificial Intelligence, Combinatorics, Computer Networks and Security, and Information Theory.
Hefei, Anhui, China
Hailed as one of the greatest academic achievements in the history of China, USTC was founded in 1958 in Beijing by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. With a heavy emphasis on high quality education and research, USTC was able to meet many milestones. It was the first university in China to establish a graduate school and construct the first major science facility, the Hefei Synchrotron Radiation Facility. This is one of only two national laboratories operating in China. The second, the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, is also operated by USTC.
The School of Computer Science and Technology was founded in the same year as the university at large. The 90 elite faculty members are responsible for the education of approximately 600 undergraduate students, 400 Master’s students, and 150 doctoral candidates. The dedicated research has brought the university to the forefront of many academic fields including quantum manipulation, nanotechnology, high-temperature superconductivity, speech processing, fire science, and life science.
As an acclaimed research institute with 15 colleges, the University of Illinois in Chicago is the largest university in the area. The school was established in 1982 when the Medical Center campus and the comprehensive Chicago Circle campus joined together. Dedicated to higher education and the distribution of knowledge, the university offers 83 bachelor’s programs, 93 masters programs, and 64 doctorate programs. In 2015 the University of Illinois was ranked 18th for best in the world among universities less than 50 years old by Times Higher Education.
The Department of Computer Science offers a full range of degree programs. There are four main research groups: Machine Learning, Programming Languages, Systems Group, and Theoretical Computer Science. There are additional comprehensive research projects that operate both within the department and collaboratively with other institutions. Topics covered include: ASCI Flash, Diderot, FEniCS, Globus, Manticore, and Standard ML of New Jersey.
Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Founded in 1910 and officially opened in 1912, the University of Hong Kong is the oldest tertiary education institution in the city. The academic departments are organized into 10 faculties: Architecture, Arts, Business and Economics, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Sciences. In 2003 the HKU medical researchers became the first in the world to identify the coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
The first main-frame computer was installed in the late 1960’s, which established the Department of Computer Science. The department, today, has state of the art equipment including a high performance computing grid system with over 270 servers, connected by 10GbE Ethernet switches, DDR InfiniBand switches and a 4X QDR InfiniBand switch. There are eight student computing laboratories open 24/7 for research and study. Research groups include Data and Software Engineering, HCI, Graphics and Computer Vision, Information Security and Forensics, Systems and Networking, and Algorithms and Bioinformatics.
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
In 1957 the University of Waterloo was founded and opened with 74 students enrolled. From humble beginnings, the University has become a world leading research institution. There are now over 30,000 undergraduate students and 5,000 graduate students studying in six major faculties: Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Math, and Science. All students can expect high quality education from over 1,000 faculty members.
The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science originated from the Department of Applied Analysis and Computer Science, which itself was founded in 1967. Today there are over 120 superb faculty and staff members dedicated to education and research. With over 2,000 graduate and undergraduate students, the department has become the largest computer science research center in Canada. Research accomplishments of the department include: the development of the WATFOR and WATFIV compilers, the development of the Maple symbolic computation system, and the digitization of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Daejeon, South Korea
The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) was established on Feb. 16, 1971. Founded as a global research university, the school is structured into six colleges, two schools and 33 departments/divisions. There are also three affiliated schools: the Korea Institute of Advanced Study (KIAS), National NanoFab Center (NNFC), and Korea Science Academy (KSA).
The academic system is flexible and allows undergraduate students to switch majors at any time. There are over 10,000 students and over 1,000 faculty members and researchers at KAIST. The school was ranked the third best university under the age of 50 by Times Higher Education.
The faculty members in the Computer Science department are credited with the development of the Dipole Coil Resonant System (DCRS) as the result of research into long-distance wireless power transfer.
In the center of the fourth largest city in the U.S., students can find an oasis of world class education and research at the University of Houston. Much diversity and creativity can be found in over 40,000 students who participate in over 300 academic programs. For the undergraduate there are 120 majors and minors, the graduate student has 139 Master’s programs and 54 doctoral programs to choose from. World leading research is performed through all departments and in 40 unique research centers and laboratories.
Founded in 1967, the Computer Science Department at the University of Houston is one of the first of its kind established in the country. The department has 24 highly trained Faculty members who teach the classes for the Bachelor of Science, the Master of Science, and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. In addition to teaching classes, the faculty members also participate in cutting edge research in eight different areas: Biomedical Informatics and Imaging, Database Systems, Data Mining and Machine Learning, High Performance Computing, Human Computer Interaction and Graphics, Operating Systems and Networking, Software Engineering, and Theory and Computer Security.
Dalian, Liaoning, China
In northeast China in the coastal city of Dalian, students will find the renowned Dalian University of Technology. DUT was founded in 1949 as a comprehensive university of science and technology. The main concentration is engineering, though concentrations in applied sciences and economic management sciences are also popular. DUT is structured into 24 different schools and departments, including the Graduate School, School of Chemical Engineering, School of Software, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Other disciplines taught are Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, and Environmental Engineering.
Under the School of Electronic and Information Engineering, students will find the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Department of Electronic Engineering, the Department of Automation, and the Institute of Microelectronics.
99. Wuhan University
Wuhan, Hubei, China
As one of the oldest comprehensive national universities in modern China, Wuhan University can trace its history back to 1893 and the founding of Ziqiang Institute. The school gradually expanded into six colleges by 1946: the colleges of liberal arts, law, sciences, engineering, agriculture and medicine. In the year 2000, Wuhan announced further expansion and amalgamation of Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electric Engineering, Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping, and Hubei Medical University. The current academic programs include 119 undergraduate tracks, 347 Master’s tracks, and 293 doctoral tracks.
The Computer School of Wuhan University goes back to 1978 marking it as one of the oldest computer science departments in China. The school offers seven doctoral programs and 10 master’s programs. There are 267 highly trained and well-respected faculty and staff members. The student body consists of 1,500 undergraduates and 1,000 graduates.
Located in Newark, New Jersey, the Newark Technical School was founded in 1881. The first year saw 88 students enroll. With hard work and dedication the school has developed significantly from the humble beginnings during the industrial age. Newark Technical School was renamed the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1975. Today there are more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students and 273 tenured or tenure track faculty members. NJIT is structured into six specialized schools that offer 46 bachelors, 56 masters, and 19 doctoral degree programs.
Over one-fifth of the enrolled students are studying computer science, making it the largest and most popular degree on campus. Founded in 2001, the College of Computing Sciences offers a full range of degree programs from Bachelors to PhD, including new interdisciplinary programs. Research topics include Algorithms, Bioinformatics, Image Processing, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, and Big Data. Laboratories include the Scheduling and Combinatorial Optimization lab, Cluster lab, and Computer Vision lab.