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Definition: MIT

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, www.mit.edu) The largest research university in the U.S. devoted to science and technology. Founded in 1861 to meet the challenges of the newly industrialized world, MIT has been involved in developing advances in military defense, computers, telecommunications and artificial intelligence. MIT, along with Harvard, are considered the most prestigious universities in the world. More than 10,000 students and 1,000 faculty members took part in the 2011-2012 curriculum. See OpenCourseWare.