Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

UofT, UBC, University of Alberta, McGill and McMaster Rank in Top 100 Universities

World University RankingsThe Times Higher Education’s 2011-2012 World University Rankings are out, and Canada has done very well. The University of Toronto, The University of British Columbia, The University of Alberta, McGill University and McMaster University all reached the top 100.

The U of T placed the highest among Canadian universities, at 19th overall.

“These results are encouraging,” said David Naylor, University of Toronto president. “Whatever one thinks of the science – or lack thereof – in university rankings, they are here to stay, and the more Canadian universities that do well, the better.”

The University of British Columbia came soon after, placing 22nd overall. Next came UBC and McGill at 22nd and 28th, respectively. McMaster was ranked 65th overall, and The University of Alberta came in at 100.

The California Institute of Technology was named #1, with Harvard University a close 2nd place. The top of the list is dominated by American and British schools, with ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich and the U of T being the only non-U.S or UK schools in the top 20.

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  1. WhoKnows Says:

    Only one of their criteria is teaching: 
    Teaching — the learning environment (worth 30 per cent of the overall ranking score)

    How exactly do they evaluate teaching quality without actually attending the classes?

    And how did the University of Toronto end up ranking higher than McGill? MacLeans magazine does not agree with that.

  2. Jnropt Says:

    I would say from personal
    experience that teaching at U of T is exemplarity.  U of f T is not a warm or fuzzy institution
    but one that treats students like adults and with respect. Having said that
    however since being in B.C, I have heard too many stories of immigrants being
    mistreated at UBC and I believe this problem is the result of an oligopolistic
    mind set in which several professional faculties believe  they are initialed to act with impunity. The
    horror stories with respect to teaching quality and professionalism in general
    at UBC are ubiquitous  and the senior
    most members of faculty seem to act with an almost blasé complicity. 

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