Twenty-two Canadian universities in world new ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities: Did your school made the cut?

by Josh Dehaas

McMaster, #92. (Matthew Ingram)

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of the most objective. It doesn’t rely on reputation surveys. Instead, it looks at things like Nobel Prizes, highly cited researchers and the number of papers published in prestigious journals.

This year, they looked at more than 1,200 universities and ranked the Top 500. The U.S. and U.K. dominate (as always) with 23 of the top 25. Japan and Switzerland each had one.

Canada had 22 universities in the Top 500 list. Australia, with a slightly smaller population, had 19 universities on the list. Here are the Canadian universities that made the cut:

27. University of Toronto

39. University of British Columbia

63. McGill University

92. McMaster University

101-150. University of Alberta, University of Montreal

151-200. University of Waterloo

201-300. Dalhousie University, Laval University, Queen’s University, Simon Fraser University, The University of Calgary, Western University, University of Guelph, University of Manitoba, University of Ottawa, University of Saskatchewan

301-400. University of Victoria

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


Twenty-two Canadian universities in world new ranking

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  1. It should be “most objective”, not “most subjective”.

    • You’re right. Oops. This has been corrected.

  2. Ranking universities by research, publications, Nobel Prizes is the only really good way to measure worth. These institutions are the training grounds for the scientists, the thinkers, the professions that make a difference in the world.
    I am not at all surprised that The University of Winnipeg, headed by Lloyd Axworthy, is not on the list. In the past few years many programs have been slashed or ignored, in particular the Humanities and the university library, core areas of academic thinking.

  3. No surprise Toronto is one of the top Universities in the world. My children have done post graduate work at various universities in Canada, Italy and Germany. They often remarked that the academic expectations, thoroughness and challenges at Toronto in comparison to the other institutions they attended, were extremely high and far superior. They certainly appreciated U of T for preparing them to meet the standard in other world class universities. Due recognition for a great University.

    • Yes definately for graduate studies and post-doctoral. In terms of undergrad it really does not matter where you do it, unless you want a job straight after you complete your undergrad.

  4. How many universities are there in Canada? Did most of our universities make the list? Considering the population of Canada, having 22 universities on the list is a significant accomplishment.

    • I think it was somewhere around 91 universities in Canada

  5. The only “real” rankings that I’ve seen for Canadian Universities have been at Students can fill out information on their own to see how their school stacks up. I found my info to be pretty interesting…


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