Canadian schools shine in global ranking

Does your university fall in the World Universities Top 500?

University of Toronto

The University of Toronto ranks 26th worldwide.

The Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is well-respected, mainly because the annual Chinese study uses six objective criteria to compare schools. The rankers consider every university in the world that has at least one Nobel Laureate, fields medalist, highly-cited researcher or researcher published in Nature or Science. Indeed, those criteria make up most of their methodology, which can bias the rankings toward science-intensive, anglophone schools.

Canada does quite well again this year, with its Top 100 schools all falling fairly close to where they were five years ago. And despite having only one in 200 of the world’s people, we have four of the world’s Top 100 schools. That ratio is beat only by the U.S., which has 52 per cent of the world’s Top 100 schools, but just 4.5 per cent of the global population and the United Kingdom, which has 10 per cent of the Top 100 schools, but just one per cent of the world’s people.

The study also reaffirms the University of Toronto’s place as global research powerhouse. No school from Australia, France, Germany, China, Israel or Scandinavia beat the University of Toronto, which is at number 26. In the Top 25, the U.S. has 20 winners, the U.K. has three. Japan and Switzerland have one each.  Here’s a list of the 23 Canadian schools that made the Top 500.

26. University of Toronto (24. in 2006)

37. University of British Columbia (36. in 2006)

64. McGill University (62. in 2006)

89. McMaster University (90. in 2006)

101-200. University of Alberta, University of Montreal, University of Calgary and University of Waterloo

201-300. Dalhousie University, Laval University, Queen’s University, Simon Fraser University, University of Western Ontario, University of Guelph, University of Manitoba, University of Ottawa, University of Victoria and University of Saskatchewan

401-500. Carleton University, University of Quebec, University of Sherbrooke and York University

Want more rankings? For the results of the Maclean’s 20th Annual University Rankings, click here. For the QS World Rankings by subject, click here, here and here.




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Canadian schools shine in global ranking

  1. What a weirdly written piece–it contradicts itself in the first paragraph: the ranking uses “objective criteria” but the methodology “can bias the rankings”? Huh??

    The other stat cited, that Canada has one 1 person out of 200 on the planet, but 4 universities in the top 200, is utterly grasping at straws. Ever consider the population of much of the world population is composed of peasants and the utterly poor? The real stat would compare it to the population of G-level countries, and there you will find that Canada may in fact be less than average. This is typical Canadian chest beating. Canadian universities are decent; there a couple of good ones, and many average ones.

  2. I find it interesting that the Canadian top schools are all in the big cities (and places with lots of immigration). I wonder what it looks like for the US. Does more globally recognized research happen in places like New York, Boston and L.A. or in the less urban institutions like Washington State U or Colorado state.

    Assuming the former, this to corroborate evidence of cities being places that inspire innovation.

  3. I find these rankings as well as many others to all be quite biased. These being done by an Asian firm obviously UofT and UBC having a strong Asian contingency will rank better. But as i gho to McGill same can be said for rankings being done by an American firm that place McGill the highest as they are the biggest and one of maybe 3 schools to have a name in the United States.
    As for reasearch int he USA you have to remember that in Canada virtually all schools are publicly funded and end up in major centers. While in the US these private schools usually end up in smaller communities where the school has bought up a larger campus also purely the fact that to try and attract international students it helps greatly to be in a center.. ( Harvard is in Cambridge, close to Boston, Stanford is in Palo Alto which is close to San jose.)

    • Just remember to take every ranking with a grain of salt

  4. Brent: Your sentence beginning with “While in” is not comprehensible. Please clarify, thanks.

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