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The University of Toronto has been ranked second in Canada by the QS World University Rankings behind McGill University, which placed first for the second year in a row.

The last time U of T was ranked first in Canada was in QS’s 2014–2015 report.

Internationally, U of T placed thirty-second — two ranks higher than last year — while McGill placed thirtieth, nine ranks lower than their previous ranking. In addition to U of T and McGill, the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta also placed within the top 100 ranked schools.

The highest ranked school in the world was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving  an overall score of 100. 

The QS World University Rankings use six different indicators to determine the ranking of a school: Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Student-to-Faculty Ratio, Citations per Faculty, International Faculty Ratio, and International Student Ratio. Each indicator has a different percentage weight to calculate the rank.

Using these six indicators, QS World University Rankings rates the performance of a school based on four general characteristics: research, teaching, employability, and internationalization.

While U of T received higher scores in Academic Reputation, Faculty-to-Student ratio, and International Faculty Ratio, McGill outscored U of T in the other categories, including the Citations per Faculty section by over 13 points.

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