Top 10 Manufacturing Universities

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Tsinghua University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University & University of Cambridge & more are our Top 10 Manufacturing Universities

10. University of Tokyo


Manufacturing courses: Mechanical Engineering, Precision Engineering.

Notable alumni: Isao Takahata, Founder of Studio Ghibli.

The University of Tokyo is Japan's top university, founded in 1877. The University prides itself on sustaining a vibrant community of researchers and students from across the world. The university specialises in engineering. 

9. Technical University of Munich (TUM)


Manufacturing courses: Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Technology.

Notable alumni: Gustav Otto, manufacturer and Founder of the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG, which later became BMW.

The university has an emphasis on practical training and research in engineering. The 48,000 students are ‘investigating the origins of life, matter and the universe or looking for solutions to the major challenges for our society’. 

8. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) 


Manufacturing courses: Mechanical Engineering, Microengineering.

Notable alumni: George de Mestral, inventor of Velcro.

EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) is one of two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. EPFL is located on the shores of Lake Geneva and has a small campus of 10,000 students, researchers and entrepreneurs who are dedicated to science, technology and architecture.

7. ETH Zurich


Manufacturing courses: Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, and Automation.

Notable alumni: Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist.

ETH Zurich was founded in 1855, is known for its popular engineering programmes and stands on a bedrock of true Swiss values: Freedom and individual responsibility, entrepreneurial spirit and open-mindedness. Each year ETH registers 90 patents.

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6. Delft University of Technology


Manufacturing courses: Mechanical Engineering, Systems and Control Engineering.

Notable alumni: Maria Elisabeth Bes, who studied Chemical Technology and co-founded the ‘Free-thinking Democratic Women’s League’.

Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands (TU Delft) is a frontrunner of technological development, engineering and research in applied sciences.

5. Georgia Institute of Technology


Manufacturing courses: Mechanical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Notable alumni: Major General Chuck Swannack, CEO of U.S. Logisitics, Inc.

Known informally as ‘Georgia Tech’ the university is recognised for its engineering and technology studies, with additional degrees in business, computing, design, engineering as well as liberal arts. 

4. Tsinghua University


Manufacturing courses: Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering.

Notable alumni: Chinese President Xi Jinping, who graduated with a BA in Chemical Engineering and a Doctor of Laws in Marxist philosophy.

Tsinghua is a leading Chinese university, based in Beijing, specialising in engineering and technology courses. It was founded in 1911 and has a motto of ‘Self-Discipline and Social Commitment’ and is dedicated to global development. 

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Manufacturing courses: Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Design.

Notable alumni: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Katharine McCormick, who funded research for the first birth control pill.

Founded in 1861, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dedicated to ‘the advancement of knowledge’ and studying science and technology.

Alumni Katharine McCormick researched the birth control pill. After her death in 1967, she left US$5m to Stanford University School of Medicine to support female physicians.

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2. Stanford University


Manufacturing courses: Mechanical Engineering, Design and Manufacturing.

Notable alumni: Morris Chang, Founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stanford was founded in 1891 and is on a mission to ‘benefit society through research and education’. Google was first invented at Stanford in 1995 and remains ‘a place of discovery, creativity and innovation’.


1. University of Cambridge 

United Kingdom

Manufacturing courses: Engineering, Manufacturing, and Industrial Engineering.

Notable alumni: Alan Turing, inventor of the Automatic Computing Engine - the first computer.

The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209. It is one of the world's oldest universities and a legendary academic centre, which has produced a multitude of scientists and literary figures. Inventions include life changing healthcare innovations such as IVF and DNA, as well as everyday essentials like webcams, the cat flap and the rules of football.



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