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New ranking places U of T first in Canada, 16th in world

March 11, 2015

Times Higher Education rates the reputations of universities among scholars around the world

TORONTO, ON: The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to remains num­ber one in Cana­da and jumps to 16th in the world in a pres­ti­gious rank­ing of uni­ver­si­ties with the best aca­d­e­m­ic rep­u­ta­tions released March 11.

The fifth annu­al Times High­er Edu­ca­tion’s World Rep­u­ta­tion Rank­ings rates a university’s stature by ask­ing lead­ing aca­d­e­mics around the globe. The results are based on an invi­ta­tion-only sur­vey that polled about 10,500 senior and pub­lished schol­ars from 142 coun­tries.

“U of T schol­ars and stu­dents are doing bril­liant work, every day in every dis­ci­pline,” said Pres­i­dent Mer­ic Gertler. “As a result, when it comes time for their peers to rank the world’s top uni­ver­si­ties, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to is placed very high on the list. I would like to take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­grat­u­late our out­stand­ing fac­ul­ty, staff and stu­dents – this lat­est acco­lade belongs to them.”

Times High­er Edu­ca­tion, a Lon­don-based mag­a­zine that focus­es on the high­er edu­ca­tion mar­ket, began com­pil­ing the world rep­u­ta­tion list in 2011 to offer an insight into the aca­d­e­m­ic pres­tige of the world’s top 100 uni­ver­si­ties. Last year, the rep­u­ta­tion rank­ing placed U of T num­ber one in Cana­da and 20th in the world.

“The list has become a wide­ly-ref­er­enced glob­al index of uni­ver­si­ty pres­tige, as rep­u­ta­tion is a key dri­ver of suc­cess in a high­ly com­pet­i­tive glob­al high­er edu­ca­tion mar­ket, help­ing insti­tu­tions to attract the top stu­dent and aca­d­e­m­ic tal­ent as well as invest­ment, research part­ners and bene­fac­tions, said Phil Baty, edi­tor of the Times High­er Education’s Rank­ings.

The rep­u­ta­tion-based rank­ing is a sub­sidiary of the renowned Times High­er Education’s World Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings, which is pub­lished each fall and mea­sures the insti­tu­tion­al per­for­mance of the world’s top 200 uni­ver­si­ties in research, teach­ing and knowl­edge trans­fer. In the lat­est ver­sion of that rank­ing, released last Octo­ber, U of T rat­ed 20th inter­na­tion­al­ly and the best in Cana­da.

Recent years have seen an increase in the num­ber of rank­ings reports pub­lished around the world. Although each report uses its own method of eval­u­at­ing insti­tu­tions, U of T has con­sis­tent­ly placed first in Cana­da and among the top uni­ver­si­ties of the world.

The full list of World Rep­u­ta­tion Rank­ings can be found at


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