Canada falls in World University Rankings' 2015 list
DH Vancouver StaffSep 17, 2015 1:51 pm
The annual QS World University Rankings have been released and three Canadian post-secondary institutions have made the top 50 list of best universities, but their positions are significantly lower than they were last year.
McGill University topped the list for Canadian schools with a world ranking of number 24, followed by the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia.
The world’s best begin with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard and the University of Cambridge. Five of the top 10 schools are located in the United States, four in the UK and one, ETH Zurich, in Switzerland.
UBC fell in the ranks between 2014 and 2015, coming down from 43rd spot last year to 50th place this year. McGill and Toronto also lost points with UofT making the steepest drop from 20th place to 34th. In 2012, Toronto held the 17th spot on the world-wide list.
According to the rankings, the best subject to study at UBC is geography, the university’s highest-ranked subject at 6th place in the world. It is also the 29th best school in the world to study Arts and Humanities.
McGill is best-known for their Medicine program which ranks 22nd in the world. The school is also the 34th best place to study Life Sciences and Medicine.
The University of Toronto has the 11th best Geography program and is the 12th best place to study Life Sciences and Medicine in the world.
The QS World University Rankings are determined using six indicators rating each school’s performance in that area. Forty per cent of the weight is based on academic reputation “in which academics are asked to identify the institutions where they believe the best work is currently taking place within their own field of expertise,” the organization states. One-tenth is based on employer reputation which surveys employers around the world on which universities are producing the best graduates.
Twenty per cent of the ranking is judged by the student-to-faculty ratio of each university in order to determine which schools can offer small class sizes and individual supervision. Another 20 per cent counts on the number of citations per faculty, looking at how influential each university’s research is. The last indicators look at the ratio of international faculty and international students, judging how successful each school is at attraction academics and students from outside their borders.
The bottom of the list for Canada’s top schools ends with Ryerson University, ranked over 700 in the world, just behind the University of Windsor. Other poorly performing Canadian schools include Université de Sherbrooke, Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Manitoba, Carleton University and University of Guelph. Fellow B.C. schools Simon Fraser University of the University of Victoria came in at #225 and #319 respectively.
Find the complete list of top 50 universities in the world below, followed by the breakdown of the top five Canadian schools in 35 subject areas.
Top 50 Universities in the World – Overall Score
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Harvard University, USA
University of Cambridge, UK
Stanford University, USA
California Institute of Technology, USA
University of Oxford, UK
University College London, UK
Imperial College London, UK
ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
University of Chicago, USA
Princeton University, USA
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Yale University, USA
Johns Hopkins University, USA
Cornell University, USA
University of Pennsylvania, USA
Kings College London, UK
The Australian National University, Australia
The University of Edinburgh, UK
Columbia University, USA
Ecole normal supérieure, France
McGill University, Canada
Tsinghua University, China
University of California, Berkeley, USA
University of California, Los Angeles, USA
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Duke University, USA
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
University of Michigan, USA
Northwestern University, USA
The University of Manchester, UK
University of Toronto, Canada
London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Seoul National University, South Korea
University of Bristol, UK
Kyoto University, Japan
The University of Tokyo, Japan
Ecole Polytechnique, France
Peking University, China
The University of Melbourne, Australia
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea