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U of T ranked best university in Canada in 2018

University rated ahead of McGill, UBC for second continuous year

U of T ranked best university in Canada in 2018

For the second year in a row, the University of Toronto has been ranked the top postsecondary institution in Canada by both Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Times Higher Education.

According to the 2019 QS rankings, U of T is rated higher than any other university in the country and 28th worldwide, followed closely by McGill University and the University of British Columbia (UBC) at 33rd and 47th, respectively.

According to the Times Higher Education ranking, U of T also ranks first in Canada and 22nd in the world by reputation. UBC comes in at 38th in the world and McGill at 41st.

Reputation is measured by a survey of “experienced, published scholars, who offer their views on excellence in research and teaching within their disciplines and at institutions with which they are familiar,” according to the Times Higher Education website.

In 2017, the university was also ranked 31st worldwide, according to QS. This was a slight change from 2016, when it was ranked 32nd best, behind McGill but ahead of UBC.

U of T ranked second nationally in QS World University Rankings 2016

McGill ranked top school in Canada for second year in a row

U of T ranked second nationally in QS World University Rankings 2016

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.

Research publication ranks U of T twenty-seventh in world, first in Canada

U of T among four Canadian universities in top 100

Research publication ranks U of T twenty-seventh in world, first in Canada

A research publication has ranked the University of Toronto twenty-seventh in the world and first in Canada.

The report was published by the Shanghai-based Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Rankings are based on: the number of alumni and staff that have won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals; the number of researchers highly cited by Reuters; the number of published articles in nature and science journals; the number of articles indexed in the Science Citation Index; and the per capita performance of the university.

The consultancy considers approximately 1,200 institutions across the globe each year, and settles on the best 500 based on the chosen criteria and weights. This year, a total of 19 Canadian universities were listed in the top 500 in the world.

With a total average score of 39.5 across all indicators, the University of Toronto was ranked just below Northwestern University in Illinois. Other Canadian universities that made the top 100 in the global rankings include McMaster University in eighty-third, McGill University in sixty-third, the University of British Columbia in thirty-fourth.

U of T has maintained a consistently strong position in the ARWU’s international rankings since the first report was released in 2003. At the time, it held the twenty-third position in the world, dropping down to the twenty-fifth in 2015 and the twenty-seventh in the 2016 list. It has also retained its top position in the national rankings, coming out the first institution in Canada since 2003.

Speaking to U of T News, Vivek Goel, Vice-President of Research and Onnovation commented on the ranking: “Achieving excellence is something our faculty, staff and students at the University of Toronto strive for every day,” he said.

“The international rankings, despite differences in methodologies and data sources, consistently continue to place us among the leading institutions globally,” Goel continued. “We’re proud the ARWU has once again recognized the research excellence we foster and produce to help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.”