The University of British Columbia (UBC) has been ranked as the 51st best university in the world.
The news comes from the 2020 QS World University Rankings. Schools are ranked by six metrics: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, and international student ratio.
“The University of British Columbia has an excellent reputation with academics and employers alike and a particularly international faculty,” reads the report.
Noted strengths include geography, mineral and mining engineering, and sports-related subjects.
“With beautiful green campuses in Vancouver and the Okanagan, the University of British Columbia is home to a concert hall, a working farm, an Olympic ice hockey venue, Canada’s largest blue whale skeleton, world-class science labs for subatomic physics, and a centre for interactive research in sustainability.”
According to QS, this year’s top 1,000 universities saw little movement towards the top of the list.
This year’s ranking, however, includes a slight drop — UBC was ranked at 47th in the last previous listing.
Comparatively, Simon Fraser University ranked at 314th.
The top three schools in this year’s ranking were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, and Harvard University.
The University of Oxford was the highest ranking university in the UK, ranking at fourth.
UBC was the third highest ranking Canadian school, losing out to the University of Toronto (UofT) at 29th and McGill University at 35th.