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U of T Canada’s leading university in major global ranking

October 6, 2011

TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto’s academic and research performance ranks among the best in the world – and is the best in Canada – in a prestigious international ranking released this week.

The Times Higher Education (THE) report rated the University 19th overall in its rankings, which measure the institutional excellence of the world’s top 200 universities in research, teaching and knowledge transfer. Three Canadian universities placed in the top 50 in the THE’s ranking, and nine in the top 200 world-wide.

“These results are encouraging,” said David Naylor, University of Toronto president. “Whatever one thinks of the science – or lack thereof – in university rankings, they are here to stay, and the more Canadian universities that do well, the better.”

The THE report is the latest installment in an international rankings season that has consistently placed U of T among the world’s top universities. In August, the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities put U of T first in Canada and 26th in the world. Newsweek followed with its rankings, placing U of T third among universities outside the United States – behind only the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge.

And, in a report that ranked U of T 23rd in the world and 2nd overall in Canada, QS World University Rankings placed U of  T first in Canada in academic reputation and in all five subject areas: arts and humanities; natural sciences; life sciences and biomedicine; engineering and IT; social sciences.

“Over the years, the Times Higher Education has consulted widely, and strengthened their measurement systems with important innovations such as a survey of teaching and learning environments,” said Naylor. “I am delighted to see our dedicated faculty, and those of many sister institutions, recognized for their inspiring teaching and world-leading research.”

For full results of the Times Higher Education Rankings 2011, go to:



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Laurie Stephens
University of Toronto