UBC library program ranked #1 in the world

Mar 1 2019, 2:12 am

The University of British Columbia’s library program has ranked first in the world the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

The QS ranking scores the world’s top universities in individual subject areas. UBC ranked in the top 50 in 41 of 48 subjects tracked by the QS ranking.

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Each of the subject rankings is compiled using the following criteria:

  • Academic reputation – based on QS’ global survey of academics
  • Employer reputation – based on the QS reputation survey
  • Research citations per paper – based on QS measuring citations per paper
  • H-index – The h-index is a way of measuring both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the academic’s most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications.

The UBC Master of Library Information Studies supports a wide range of career pathways for students, including data services, information interaction and design, librarianship and cultural heritage.


QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

“The University of British Columbia tops the library and information management subject ranking for the first time ever, climbing three places to the top spot. Last year, two universities shared first place: the University of Sheffield (now ranked second) and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (now fifth),” said QS.

UBC also ranked first in Canada in 10 subjects including:

  • Sports-related subjects (third overall in the world)
  • Geography (fifth in the world)
  • Mineral and mining engineering (ninth in the world)
  • Earth and marine sciences (12th in the world)
  • Agriculture and forestry  (15th in the world)
  • Psychology (16th in the world)

“UBC’s performance in this year’s rankings demonstrates significant research and academic depth in a broad range of subject areas that clearly marks our university as one of the very best in Canada,” said UBC Provost and Vice-President, Academic Andrew Szeri, in a release.

“I’m proud of these impressive results and the contributions of the entire university community, which continues to drive our research and academic excellence on the global stage.”

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