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First QS World University Rankings by subject names U of T Engineering best in Canada

April 12, 2011

TORONTO, ON – The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to has the top engi­neer­ing pro­gram in Cana­da and now ranks first in all its dis­ci­plines, accord­ing to the first-ever QS World Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings by Sub­ject. The rank­ings were released on Tues­day, as U of T Engi­neer­ing saw a record num­ber of prospec­tive under­grad­u­ate stu­dents vying for fall 2011 admis­sion, with near­ly half of them select­ing U of T Engi­neer­ing as their first choice.

“These num­bers demon­strate the strong rep­u­ta­tion of our engi­neer­ing pro­grams, includ­ing among stu­dent appli­cants,” said Dean Cristi­na Amon, Fac­ul­ty of Applied Sci­ence & Engi­neer­ing.

Last year U of T Engi­neer­ing was one of four Cana­di­an insti­tu­tions to be includ­ed in UK-based Quacquarel­li Symonds’ World Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings top 50 in Engi­neer­ing & Tech­nol­o­gy, plac­ing 14th among world uni­ver­si­ties. McGill Uni­ver­si­ty placed 29th, the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia ranked 30th, and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Water­loo tied with anoth­er school in 39th place.

In the new rank­ings by sub­ject, U of T Engi­neer­ing again led all Cana­di­an uni­ver­si­ties, plac­ing 10th in Com­put­er Sci­ence & Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems, 13th in Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing, 14th in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing, 20th in Civ­il & Struc­tur­al Engi­neer­ing, and 31st in Mechan­i­cal, Aero­nau­ti­cal & Man­u­fac­tur­ing among glob­al uni­ver­si­ties.

U of T Engi­neer­ing saw a record num­ber of prospec­tive stu­dents apply for under­grad­u­ate admis­sion for the 2011–2012 aca­d­e­m­ic year, up 12.5% from the pre­vi­ous year and up 17% for first choice in Ontario. In fact, near­ly half of all appli­cants this year made U of T Engi­neer­ing their first choice, with inter­na­tion­al appli­cants mak­ing up 27.2% of the pool – an increase of 23.0% over last year – and appli­ca­tions from women surg­ing by 17.2%.

“Our record num­ber of appli­cants speaks to the grow­ing impor­tance of engi­neer­ing in pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion for the new knowl­edge-based econ­o­my in Cana­da and around the world,” said Dean Amon. “With U of T grad­u­ates mak­ing up about 10% of engi­neers in Cana­da, we are grat­i­fied that U of T Engi­neer­ing remains the flag-bear­er in inter­na­tion­al rank­ings.”

The 2011 QS World Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings by Sub­ject – Engi­neer­ing & Tech­nol­o­gy is the first in a series of unique world uni­ver­si­ty rank­ings by sub­ject. The com­pa­ny – which has pro­duced the QS World Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings since 2004, rat­ing the world’s top 500 uni­ver­si­ties – said it would pub­lish league tables in a fur­ther 30 sub­jects in the com­ing weeks “along with a per­son­al­ized rank­ing tool to help stu­dents make the right choice.” QS World Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings are based on aca­d­e­m­ic and employ­er rep­u­ta­tion sur­veys, and research qual­i­ty using a cita­tions-per-paper indi­ca­tor.

For full results of the QS World Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings by Sub­ject, 2011, go to: For the full list of uni­ver­si­ties ranked in the Engi­neer­ing & Tech­nol­o­gy cat­e­go­ry in 2010, go to:



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Eliz­a­beth Raymer
Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Media Rela­tions Coor­di­na­tor