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Learning curve: Here are Europe's best colleges

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A cradle of learning, culture and civilization, Europe is home to some of the world's oldest and most prestigious universities.

Here CNBC takes a look at Europe's top 10 higher education institutions, according to the QS World University Rankings for 2014-2015. The rankings were first compiled in 2004 and assess quality of teaching, research, employability and international outlook.

Over 3,000 institutions across the world were assessed and more than 800 ranked.

By Anmar Frangoul, Special to CNBC.com

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