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QS, a British education company that produces an established international university ranking system, rated institutions based on specific majors in its latest report published last week. Prospective students can search 30 individual subjects to see how 200 top universities fare.

Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge are the top three -- in various combinations -- in English, medicine and law. Harvard takes the top ranking for political science, followed by the London School of Economics and Yale. The best places to study computer science are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Oxford. The University of California, Berkeley, is the top choice for statistics, sociology and media.

Among the top three universities in each subject, there were only a few institutions outside of the usual U.S.-U.K. elite. The University of Melbourne is the third-best place for someone looking to study education, and the University of Tokyo is the third-best for civil engineering. 

Hong Kong tycoon finances new Oxford research center

Prime Minister David Cameron and the Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing attended a ceremony this month announcing a new £90 million Center for Health Information and Discovery, Oxford University said in a statement. The facility will be able to accommodate up to 600 scientists when it is completed.

The center will be named after Mr. Li, whose charitable foundation donated £20 million, or $30 million, to the center, which is meant to help revolutionize health research through the use of big data. Mr. Li made the appearance in Britain on May 3, at a time when his company was embroiled in a 40-day strike by dock workers in Hong Kong over low pay.

U.S. study finds New School is most international campus

At the New School, 27 percent of undergraduates are from overseas, giving the New York City university the most international student body in the United States, U.S. News and World Report reported last week.

The New School was followed by the Florida Institute of Technology (26 percent), the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (21 percent), Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (18 percent), and the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma (18 percent). The five institutions with the highest percentages of foreign students were all private. On average, among all colleges and universities ranked by U.S. News, foreign students make up 5 percent of the student body.

Russia-Vietnam university on agenda of visit, media say

Talks for a planned Vietnam-Russia University of Technology in Hanoi are expected to continue when Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visits Moscow this month, the Vietnamese media reported.

Under a new agreement, Russian professors will teach in Vietnam, while educators and students from Le Quy Don Technical University will have the chance to study in Russia, The Viet Nam News reported. 

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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