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The natural taxonomy of the empirical sciences would break the sciences down into three basic groups: the physical sciences (physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, metallurgy), the biological sciences (zoology, botany, genetics, paleontology, molecular biology, physiology), and the psychological sciences .

Read on to discover the top 10 universities this year in the faculty of Sciences…

1.Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges.

2.KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology

Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology is facing with the increasing importance of and demand for highly qualified scientists and engineers to support Korea?s industrialization, following the implementation of economic development plans since 1962. It is the now first research-oriented science and technology graduate school in Korea. Its mission is as follows: Education and training of highly qualified scientists and engineers equipped with theoretical and practical expertise.

3.Seoul National

From the Start of the New Nation Korean people have always maintained their faith in the power of education, even through colonial occupation and war during the tumultuous first half of the 20th century. Thus in 1946, just months after Korea regained its independence, Seoul National University was established as the first piece of the educational foundation for the new nation.

4.University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) is 26th in the overall world rankings this year, is well-established among the US’s leading public universities, and is also admired for its green spaces. Its largest faculty, the College of Letters and Science, which includes the school of Arts and Humanities, is the only one at the university to award Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees. The faculty’s 800 or so members include 13 Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, and 12 MacArthur Fellows.

5.Stanford University

Ranked joint 3rd in the world with Cambridge, Stanford University is known for its leading arts and humanities courses, which are enhanced by features such as the Cecil H. Green Library and the Cantor Center for Visual Arts Museum with 24 galleries, sculpture gardens, terraces and a courtyard. An impressive 277 of Stanford’s scholars are members of the highly regarded American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

6.Harvard University

The oldest institution of higher education in the US and one of the most prestigious, Harvard University comes second in the overall world rankings this year. It boasts the largest academic library in the world, and 48 Harvard faculty members have won Pulitzer Prizes in recognition of their outstanding contributions to American journalism, letters and music

7.Princeton University

Ranked 11th in the world overall, Princeton University has its own Art Museum, which was established in 1882 to enable students to be enriched and inspired by access to original works of art. It contains over 92,000 objects, ranging from ancient to contemporary art, and also serves as a community resource and an attraction for national and international visitors. Six members of Princeton University’s faculty of humanities have won the National Humanities Medal.

8.Columbia University

Located in New York City, Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is ranked 22nd in the overall world rankings this year, and has climbed from 12th place in last year’s arts and humanities faculty rankings. Columbia’s School of the Arts is “committed to the development of excellence in the fields of Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing”.

9.New York University (NYU)

Also in New York City, New York University (NYU) is 53rd in the world rankings this year. Its oldest and largest division, the College of Arts and Science, offers a wide range of commended arts and humanities courses – from Africana Studies to Women’s Studies. The university’s Institute of Fine Arts is one of the world’s leading graduate schools and research centers in art history, archaeology, and conservation.

10.University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is currently ranked 27th in the world overall, and benefits from its location in one of the leading arts and entertainment capitals of the world. UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture and its School of Theater, Film and Television are both highly acclaimed, while the university is ranked second in the world for linguistics, behind only Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).