Opinions differ, of course, but an annual ranking by The Academic Ranking Of World Universities of 200 universities around the globe indicates that nine of the top 10 universities for computer science are right here in the U.S.
The list is among several published by researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. The organization surveys more than 1,000 world-class universities each year and publishes an overall quality ranking of 500 on its website, breaking out smaller rankings of 200 related to institutions' strengths within a range of academic fields.
Originally, the ranking's purpose was to gauge the global standing of China's best universities. It's grown to greater relevance and is considered -- along with Times Higher Education's ranking -- among the most influential university rankings by higher education professionals.
Check out the top 10 in the slideshow below:
[I]nstitutions are ranked according to their academic or research performance in each broad subject field. Ranking indicators include alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, Highly Cited Researchers, articles indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). Two new indicators were introduced, one is the percentage of articles published in the top 20 percent journals of each field, and the other is the computer science research expenditure.
It's no surprise that interest in computer science has risen in recent years: It's tied to demand. Engineering, computer science and finance degrees are the top-paying majors for college graduates, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
The Shanghai ranking differs slightly from the better-known U.S. News and World Report's list.
"Find something you're passionate about and just love. Passion is really gender-neutralizing," Marissa Mayer said on Martha Stewart's "Women with Vision" television series in 2011.
"Right now is a great time to be a woman in tech, but there's not enough women in tech," Mayer told a CES2012 panel hosted by CNET. "[I] worry a lot of times the conversation gets really focused on what percentage of the pie is women. And the truth is, the pie isn't big enough. We're not producing enough computer scientist. We're not producing enough product designers. We need a lot more people to keep up with all of these gadgets, all of this technology, all these possibilities." Mayer also commented on the stereotypical culture within the tech world: "There's all kinds of different women who do this. You can wear ruffles, you can be a jock, and you still be a great computer scientist or a great technologist, or a great product designer."
"There's just huge growth and opportunity. [T]he fact that the technology is now so tangible in our everyday lives, I think, will inspire a lot more women to go into technology -- and I'm really heartened by that," Mayer said for the MAKERS "Women in Tech" interview series in 2012.
"I consider myself incredibly lucky to be present in a moment in time when this wonderful and powerful medium, the internet, is empowering geeks -- and especially female geeks -- to express and pursue their passions," Meyer said in a 2012 acceptance speech at the Celebrating Change gala. She had just won the International Museum of Women's first-ever Innovator Award.
"People ask me all the time, 'What is it like to be a woman at Google?' I'm not a women at Google; I'm a geek at Google. And being a geek is just great," she said in an interview for CNN's "Leading Women" series in 2012.