Harvard is perhaps the most prestigious University in the USA. The University was founded in 1636 in Cambridge Massachusetts, way before the USA became independent from Britain. The name came after John Harvard, a young minister, a graduate of Cambridge, England, who upon his death left library and estate to support the early time of University.
Before 20th century, European countries dominated the world. The finest Universities such as Cambridge and Oxford were found in Europe.
However, because of World War I and II, European countries lost the world dominated power. The world leading power in politics and economy shifted to the USA. The shifts gave opportunity for American Universities to set the highest standards.
Harvard is like a huge cooperation or enterprise that invests in stocks, lands, not only in educations. Harvard's strong power is based on its prestigious name and enormous financial power that make it possible to recruit the established best star scholars in the world to be Harvard professors. The presence of several, but not all, star professors at Harvard is making Harvard almost incomparable unique University.
In addition, Harvard-MIT, both located in Boston, perhaps two top Universities, have exchange programs that add more opportunities.
Learning from top professors naturally gives opportunities to students to be able to stand in the front positions in their fields.
You know, most of the star professors at Harvard University are not necessarily graduates of these major Universities. Real good ones can grow from anywhere.
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