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University of Toronto ranked first in Canada, 24th in the world

August 15, 2014

TORONTO, ON — The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to is the top uni­ver­si­ty in Cana­da and one of the best in the world, reports the Shang­hai Jiao Tong University’s Aca­d­e­m­ic Rank­ing of World Uni­ver­si­ties 2014.

This year, the pres­ti­gious rank­ing – which ana­lyzes the top uni­ver­si­ties world­wide on research out­put, the qual­i­ty of fac­ul­ty and the qual­i­ty of edu­ca­tion – placed U of T 24th in the world, up from 28th in 2013. Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty remained the top-ranked uni­ver­si­ty.

The Uni­ver­si­ty also scored high­ly by sub­ject field – plac­ing 21st in Chem­istry and ris­ing in the ranks in the fol­low­ing areas, with some notable jumps:

  • Com­put­er Sci­ence – 10th from 11th in 2013
  • Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness – 24th from 48th
  • Social Sci­ences – 29th from 42nd

Shang­hai Jiao Tong ranks uni­ver­si­ties by mea­sur­ing objec­tive indi­ca­tors of aca­d­e­m­ic or research per­for­mance. These include: alum­ni and fac­ul­ty win­ning pres­ti­gious prizes and medals; high­ly cit­ed researchers; arti­cles pub­lished in Nature and Sci­ence; arti­cles indexed in major cita­tion indices, and the per capi­ta aca­d­e­m­ic per­for­mance of an insti­tu­tion.

More than 1,200 uni­ver­si­ties are ranked every year by Shang­hai Jiao Tong which then pub­lish­es a list of the best 500. Along­side U of T, three oth­er Cana­di­an uni­ver­si­ties made this year’s top 100: Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia, McGill Uni­ver­si­ty and McMas­ter Uni­ver­si­ty.

“To be rec­og­nized once again as one of the world’s lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties is a tes­ti­mo­ny to the schol­ar­ship, cre­ativ­i­ty and inno­va­tion of our fac­ul­ty, staff and stu­dents,” said Cheryl Regehr, vice-pres­i­dent and provost at U of T. “This reflects not only their aca­d­e­m­ic excel­lence but the impact of their research in Cana­da and through­out the world.”

Since Shang­hai Jiao Tong’s rank­ings began in 2003, U of T has con­sis­tent­ly ranked in the top 30 of the world’s best uni­ver­si­ties and has con­sis­tent­ly been the top Cana­di­an per­former.

Full results of the Shang­hai Jiao Tong Uni­ver­si­ty rank­ings can be found at: 

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