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U of T ranks No. 1 in Canada, 19th globally: Times Higher Education

September 30, 2015

Teaching, research strongest pillars in U of T’s ranking

Toron­to, ON – Times High­er Edu­ca­tion mag­a­zine today named U of T the top uni­ver­si­ty in Cana­da and 19th glob­al­ly in its 2015–2016 World Uni­ver­si­ty Rank­ings.

“These results demon­strate the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to’s stature as Canada’s top uni­ver­si­ty and as one of the world’s great insti­tu­tions of high­er learn­ing,” said Pres­i­dent Mer­ic Gertler.

“It’s a trib­ute to U of T’s excel­lence in research and teach­ing. Our fac­ul­ty, staff and stu­dents are doing cut­ting-edge work in vir­tu­al­ly every field. In turn, this helps us to con­tin­ue attract­ing top tal­ent from around the globe, build­ing our capac­i­ty as an engine of dis­cov­ery and inno­va­tion.”

Times High­er Edu­ca­tion dou­bled the num­ber of insti­tu­tions it rat­ed this year, rank­ing a total of 800 uni­ver­si­ties world­wide. How­ev­er, U of T edged up one spot, com­pared to last year’s 20th-place fin­ish. The uni­ver­si­ty also holds the num­ber one spot com­pared with 25 oth­er uni­ver­si­ties in Cana­da eval­u­at­ed by Times High­er Edu­ca­tion.

Times High­er Edu­ca­tion bases its rank­ings on an assess­ment of teach­ing, cita­tions, indus­try income, inter­na­tion­al out­look and research – the pil­lar in which U of T per­formed best, plac­ing 11th in the world. Teach­ing was also an area where U of T excelled, rank­ing 23rd glob­al­ly.

Oth­er Cana­di­an uni­ver­si­ties named with­in the top 100 were the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia, in 34th rank; McGill, ranked 38th; and McMas­ter, tied in 94th place with George­town Uni­ver­si­ty and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bonn.

U of T holds top rank­ing glob­al­ly for a uni­ver­si­ty of its size – all oth­ers in top 20 have few­er than 40,000 full-time stu­dents.

These lat­est rank­ings are con­sis­tent with U of T’s best-of-class per­for­mance in oth­er inter­na­tion­al rank­ings such as the Aca­d­e­m­ic Rank­ing of World Uni­ver­si­ties by Shang­hai Jiao Tong Uni­ver­si­ty, where it ranks 25th; US News & World Report’s Best Glob­al Uni­ver­si­ties Rank­ing, where it ranks 14th; and Nation­al Tai­wan Uni­ver­si­ty rank­ings, where the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to ranks fourth in the world.

In March of this year, the uni­ver­si­ty also scored high­ly in THE’s World Rep­u­ta­tion Rank­ings. U of T placed first in Cana­da and 16th in the world, based on results from an invi­ta­tion-only sur­vey that polled around 10,500 senior and pub­lished schol­ars from 142 coun­tries.

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.

“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.


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