UBC was just named the 34th best university in the world

Sep 11 2019, 11:19 am

The University of British Columbia is once again among the top 50 universities in the world, and the second-best school in Canada, according to the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The complete list released on Wednesday shows little change in the top five spots, naming Oxford in the top spot for the fourth year in a row, while the University of Cambridge falls to third. The California Institute of Technology rises three places to second, while Stanford, Yale, Harvard and Imperial College London all appear in the top 10.

In Canada, the University of Toronto again took first place, and the 18th spot on the World list. UBC snagged the 34th spot this year.

UBC scored the highest marks in the number of citations category and the international outlook category.

“I am proud of UBC’s global reputation, and I’m proud of our amazing faculty, students and staff who have made us among the best in the world,” said UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, Santa J. Ono, in a statement.

Amongst public institutions, UBC stacks up even better in 19th position globally, up from 22nd last year.

The school says its ranking performance has been boosted by “reputational improvements” when it comes to teaching and research.

“For us, this is an encouraging recognition among our peers that UBC is developing the ideas that are changing the world and passing on those ground-breaking ideas and research findings,” said Gail Murphy, vice-president, research and innovation at UBC, in a statement.

Overall, 92 countries are represented on the world ranking’s list, including Iraq, Jamaica, Nepal, Tanzania and Kazakhstan.  Brunei, Cuba, Malta, Montenegro, Puerto Rico and Vietnam all see institutions represented for the first time.

This year’s rankings examined more than 1,400 higher learning institutions.

Canada’s top five universities, according to the rankings are:

  1. University of Toronto (18)
  2. University of British Columbia (34)
  3. McGill University (42)
  4. McMaster University (72)
  5. University of Montreal (85)

The top 10 universities in the world, according to the rankings:

World University Rankings 2020

World University Rankings 2020