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U of T ranks among world’s top universities in QS World International Rankings

September 10, 2013

TORONTO, ON – The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s strong aca­d­e­m­ic and research per­for­mance con­tin­ues to rank among the best in the world – and is ranked the best in Cana­da – in the 2013 QS World Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings released today.

U of T tied for 17th with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Edin­burgh, up from 19th a year ear­li­er.

“In a dif­fi­cult fund­ing cli­mate, it is grat­i­fy­ing that we have been able to main­tain a top-20 rank­ing,” said Pres­i­dent David Nay­lor. “This result is a tes­ta­ment to the endur­ing excel­lence of our fac­ul­ty, staff, and stu­dents.”

This is the most com­pre­hen­sive QS World Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings in its his­to­ry. More than 100 uni­ver­si­ties were added this year, mak­ing it an 800-strong list with 76 coun­tries rep­re­sent­ed. The rank­ings took into account 62,094 aca­d­e­m­ic and 27,957 employ­er respons­es, mak­ing both sur­veys the largest of their kind in the world.

Five Cana­di­an uni­ver­si­ties were ranked among the top 100 schools.

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, said that while Cana­di­an uni­ver­si­ties con­tin­ued their steady per­for­mance in the rank­ings this year with two more schools reach­ing the top 100, he cau­tioned that fac­ul­ty-stu­dent ratio scores gen­er­al­ly have dropped.

“This could be a sign that Canada’s lack of pub­lic fund­ing for post-sec­ondary edu­ca­tion, as high­light­ed in the lat­est Edu­ca­tion at a Glance Report by the OECD, is begin­ning to take its toll on uni­ver­si­ty resources,” he said.

The full results of the 2013/14 QS World Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings are avail­able on


For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact:

Lau­rie Stephens
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to