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Mapping the World’s Knowledge Hubs

Which cities have the highest concentration of top-ranked universities?
A group of graduates gather at Oxford University in Oxford, England, which topped Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
A group of graduates gather at Oxford University in Oxford, England, which topped Times Higher Education World University Rankings.Paul Hackett/Reuters

The global economy is increasingly powered by innovation and knowledge, and great universities are a key source of those, functioning as catalysts of the knowledge economy. Leading-edge universities form the axis of tech hubs like the Bay Area (Stanford, UC Berkeley, and the University of California at San Francisco), the Cambridge-Boston region (MIT and Harvard), and a regenerating Pittsburgh (Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh).

But what are the world’s leading centers for university knowledge?