Harvard University, an Ivy League university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, routinely ranks as the best, or one of the best, institutions of higher learning in the world.
Young children in a kindergarten in Japan
The University of Bologna in Italy, founded in 1088, is often regarded as the world's oldest university in continuous operation
Deakin University, one of Australia's 43 universities
Nepali village school students
Harvard University, founded in 1636, is the oldest university in the United States and is routinely ranked among the world's best universities
Mean financial wealth of US families by education of the head of household, 1989-2010
A high-school senior (twelfth grade) classrooms in Calhan, Colorado, United States
Moroccan higher-learning institution Al-Qarawiyin (founded in 859 A.D.) was transformed into a university under the supervision of the ministry of education in 1963.
Mean income of US families by education of the head of household, 1989-2010
Students in a laboratory, Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University
Meeting of doctors at the University of Paris. From a medieval manuscript.
Courtyard, Al-Qarawiyyin University, Fes, Morocco
Universities often host prominent guest speakers for student audiences, e.g. First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama delivering remarks at Peking University, Beijing, China
The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the United Kingdom and among the world's top ranked
University of Bologna, located in Bologna, Italy, is the oldest university created under that name in the world.<ref>Top Universities World University Rankings Retrieved 2010-1-6</ref><ref>Our History - Università di Bologna</ref><ref>{{cite book |url =https://books.google.com/books?id=wyjnHZ1IIlgC&q=the+oldest+university+in+the+world+Bologna&pg=PA18 |title = The Challenge of Bologna |author= Paul L. Gaston |year=2010|page=18|isbn=978-1-57922-366-3 }}</ref>
Carpentry is normally learned through apprenticeship with an experienced carpenter.
The University of St Andrews, founded in 1410, is Scotland's oldest university and one of the UK's best ranked universities.
Colegio de Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco, located in Mexico City, Mexico, was the first and oldest European school of higher learning in the Americas<ref>{{cite book|url=https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/101392426|title=The first college in America: Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco.|location=Washington DC|year=1936|author1=Steck|author2=Francis Borgia}}</ref> and the first and oldest major school of interpreters and translators in the New World.<ref>{{cite book|url=https://books.openedition.org/uop/336?lang=es|title=The Imperial College of Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco|author=Lourdes Arencibia Rodriguez}}</ref>
Teaching indigenous knowledge, models, and methods in Yanyuan County, Sichuan, China
Old main building of the University of Basel—Switzerland's oldest university (1460). The university is among the birthplaces of Renaissance humanism
The University of Pennsylvania considers itself the first institution in the United States of America to use the term "university" in its name.
A volunteer reads aloud to children in Laos.
17th-century classroom at the University of Salamanca
The University of Cambridge is an institution of higher learning in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Children computing by David Shankbone
King's College London, established by Royal Charter having been founded by King George IV and Duke of Wellington in 1829, is one of the founding colleges of the University of London.
McGill University is an institution of higher learning in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and one of two Canadian members of the Association of American Universities.
Beijing Normal University, which is governed directly by the Chinese Ministry of Education, is an example of collaboration between different entities in the education sector.
Peking University in Beijing was founded as the Imperial University of Peking
The Moscow State University is an institution of higher learning in Moscow, Russia.
Historical Madrasah in Baku, Azerbaijan
The University of Sydney is Australia's oldest university.
The Jeffersonian architecture of Tsinghua University, an institution of higher learning in Beijing, China.
Nalanda, ancient centre for higher learning
The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia in the United States was founded in 1819 by American founding father Thomas Jefferson
The University of Tokyo is an institution of higher learning in Tokyo, Japan.
Plato's academy, mosaic from Pompeii
The University of São Paulo is an institution of higher learning in São Paulo, Brazil.
Matteo Ricci (left) and Xu Guangqi (right) in the Chinese edition of Euclid's Elements published in 1607
World map indicating Education Index (according to 2007/2008 Human Development Report)
The OLPC laptop being introduced to children in Haiti
A class size experiment in the United States found that attending small classes for three or more years in the early grades increased high school graduation rates of students from low income families.
Knowledge Day in Donetsk, Ukraine, 2013
John Locke's work Some Thoughts Concerning Education was written in 1693 and still reflects traditional education priorities in the Western world.
Computer-supported group learning

A university is an institution of higher (or tertiary) education and research which awards academic degrees in several academic disciplines.

- University

Higher education, also called post-secondary education, third-level or tertiary education, is an optional final stage of formal learning that occurs after completion of secondary education.

- Higher education

In the US, higher education is provided by universities, academies, colleges, seminaries, conservatories, and institutes of technology, and certain college-level institutions, including vocational schools, universities of applied sciences, trade schools, and other career-based colleges that award degrees.

- Higher education

The purpose of secondary education can be to give common knowledge, to ensure literacy, to prepare for higher education, or to train directly in a profession.

- Education

It spans the period between the typically universal compulsory, primary education to the optional, selective tertiary, "postsecondary", or "higher" education of ISCED 5 and 6 (e.g. university), and the ISCED 4 Further education or vocational school.

- Education
Harvard University, an Ivy League university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, routinely ranks as the best, or one of the best, institutions of higher learning in the world.

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Students attend a lecture at a tertiary institution: Helsinki University of Technology
Percentage of 25-29-year-olds who have completed at least four years of tertiary education, by wealth, selected countries, 2008-2014
Deakin University, one of Australia's 43 universities
The University of Pennsylvania, an American research university
Federal Polytechnic, Nekede in Owerri, Nigeria.

Tertiary education, also referred to as third-level, third-stage or post-secondary education, is the educational level following the completion of secondary education.

The World Bank, for example, defines tertiary education as including universities as well as trade schools and colleges.

Higher education is taken to include undergraduate and postgraduate education, while vocational education beyond secondary education is known as further education in the United Kingdom, or included under the category of continuing education in the United States.