The University of Toronto has been ranked the 17th-best university in the world, and the best university in Canada, by QS World University Rankings. QS, a global professional and academic network, began ranking universities globally in 2004. 2013 is the first year U of T has taken the top spot in the ranking for Canada. McGill University, ousted from first place this year, came second, and the University of British Columbia rounded out the top three. U of T did well in a number of subject areas, notably placing 11th globally for both medicine and philosophy. Despite the success, U of T has fallen on QS’ student/faculty ration indicator, prompting Ben Sowter, the network’s head of research, to remark on Canada’s inadequate funding for post-secondary education. McGill’s principal, Suzanne Fortier, and U of T’s president, David Naylor, echoed Sowter’s concerns over national funding.
With files from Huffington Post Canada