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See which schools improved and which fell down
The University of Toronto has pulled ahead of McGill University and the University of British Columbia in the 2013-14 QS World University Rankings, one of three major annual global comparisons alongside Times Higher Education’s and Shanghai Jiao Tong’s. Those same three are also gold, silver and bronze in the Medical Doctoral category of the Maclean’s Rankings.
But beyond the top three Canadian schools, there are some big—mostly positive—changes. There is a 38 spot leap for Simon Fraser University, a 22 spot improvement for Montreal, 13 spot jumps for Calgary and Ottawa, 12 spot climbs for Alberta and McMaster and an 11 spot increase for Waterloo. Only three dropped significantly: Western (-26), Victoria (-22) and Queen’s (-14).
Montreal only Canadian city in Top 10 Best Student Cities
Montreal is the only Canadian city to crack the Top 10 list in a new ranking of the best cities above 250,000 for students—a list that will be considered by jet-setting scholars everywhere.
Montreal’s tenth place in the QS World Best Student Cities rankings was earned through high scores in all five of the criteria areas considered.
First, its institutions are high quality: U de Montreal and McGill U are in the Top 200 worldwide; Concordia U is in the Top 600.
Next, Montreal’s quality of living is high when measured by the Mercer Quality of Living Index.
It’s reasonably affordable too, when measured by international student tuition ($13,400), the Mercer Cost of Living Index and The Economist magazine’s Big Mac Index.
Its “mix of students” is also high—Montreal has a high proportion of students, both domestic and international. Foreign students make up 21 per cent of the mix, compared to 10 per cent in Toronto.
And finally, both domestic and international employers rate Montreal’s university graduates highly.
Canada’s top two improve showings, but the rest fall down
QS World University Rankings has released their Top 300 schools of 2011. This year, Canada’s top two schools, McGill and Toronto, each edged up a notch. So did McMaster and Western Ontario. But every other Canadian school dropped down from their 2010 standing (offered in parentheses) and one school, Laval, fell off the list.
17. McGill University (19)
23. University of Toronto (29)
51. University of British Columbia (44)
100. University of Alberta (78)
137. University of Montreal (136)
144. Queen’s University (132)
157. University of Western Ontario (164)
159. McMaster University (162)
160. University of Waterloo (145)
218. University of Calgary (165)
234. Dalhousie University (212)
256. University of Ottawa (231)
260. Simon Fraser University (214)
292. University of Victoria (241)
About the methodology:
The rankings were derived mainly from a survey of 34,000 academics who ranked the schools from those producing the most world-leading research in their fields to those producing the least. That survey was weighted at 40 per cent. Reputation among employers, derived from a survey of 17,000 managers who hire university grads, counted for 10 per cent. Citations per faculty counted for 20 per cent. Faculty-student ratio (lower is better) counted for 20 per cent. Proportion of international students counted for five per cent. Proportion of international faculty counted for five per cent too.
The Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities, which uses only objective data, like citations per faculty — no reputation surveys were included — found in August that Toronto is the best in Canada, the University of British Columbia is second and McGill University is third.
Click to see how other Canadian universities made the World Top 500 in 2011.
Watch for the 21st Annual Maclean’s University Rankings — on newsstands in November.
Is your sociology, statistics, politics, business or law faculty on the list?
The QS Top 200 World University Rankings for Social Science faculties have been released. QS is a global firm that has ranked schools for two decades. Their rankings are based on an academic reviews, reputation of schools and the number of journal citations per professor. Three Canadian schools — Toronto, McGill and UBC — dominate here, much like they did in the Arts/Humanities and Science rankings.
Canadian schools do especially well in the QS World law rankings, although they rate schools in a different order than our own carefully tailored Maclean’s Canadian Law School Rankings.
There are many great Canadian schools missing altogether, most of which are small liberal arts oases, like Acadia, St. Francis Xavier and UNBC. That suggests a one-size-fits-all ranking can’t capture the benefits of smaller schools, like smaller class sizes and more opportunities to interact with professors. The Maclean’s University Rankings issue (released in the fall) overcomes this problem by separating schools into three categories based on size and research-intensity. The rankings are also available in The Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities, which can be purchased online here or wherever you buy magazines.
Here is what QS World thinks about our social sciences and business faculties.
#11. University of Toronto
#15. McGill University
#16. University of British Columbia
#51-100. Queen’s University, Universite de Montreal, University of Alberta
#101-200. Simon Fraser University, University of Ottawa, University of Victoria, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, York University, University of Manitoba
Statistics and Operational Research
#8. University of Toronto
#18. University of British Columbia
#20. McGill University
#51-100. McMaster University, Universite de Montreal, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario
#101-200. Carleton University, Universite Laval, Universite du Quebec, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, York University
Politics and International Studies
#19. University of Toronto
#25. McGill University
#30. University of British Columbia
#51-100. Queen’s University, Universite de Montreal,
#101-200. University of Alberta, Carleton University, McMaster University, Simon Fraser University, University of Ottawa, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario
#12. McGill University
#13. University of Toronto
#23. University of British Columbia
#39. University of Calgary
#42. York University
#50. University of Alberta
#51-100. Dalhousie University, Queen’s University, Universite de Montreal, University of Ottawa
#18. University of Toronto and McGill University (tied)
#24. University of British Columbia
#51-100. Queen’s University, University of Western Ontario,
#101-200. Universite de Montreal, University of Alberta, York University, McMaster University, Simon Fraser University, University of Calgary
Accounting and Finance
#17. University of Toronto
#21. McGill University
#31. University of British Columbia
#51-100. Queen’s University, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Western Ontario, York University
#101-200. Laval University, McMaster University, Simon Fraser University, University of Waterloo, Concordia University, Universite du Quebec, University of Ottawa