There are lots of university programs available in Canada, but did you know globally some are ranked much higher than others? Here are a list of the best of the best according to higher education analysts Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
QS rated 500 post-secondary schools on 48 different subjects. It found that Canada had the fourth-highest number of programs to rank in the top 10 globally. With 16 of these programs (two more than in the 2017 survey), Canada did well and is only behind the U.S., U.K. and Australia.
Eight of the 16 programs are at the University of Toronto; three are at the University of British Columbia; two at McGill University; and one each at Queen’s University, the University of Alberta and the University of Guelph. Here are Canada’s top-ranked university programs, arranged by school.
University of Toronto
Nursing – Global ranking: #2
(behind University of Pennsylvania)
Sports-related subjects – Global ranking #6
(behind Loughborough University, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, University of British Columbia, University of Birmingham)
Anthropology – Global ranking #8
(behind Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, London School of Economics, UC – Berkeley, University of Chicago, Australian National University)
Theology, divinity and religious studies – Global ranking #8
(behind Harvard, Oxford, Durham University, Cambridge, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Boston College, University of Notre Dame, KU Leuven)
Anatomy and Physiology – Global ranking #8
(behind Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Stanford, McGill, Johns Hopkins University, University College London, University of Melbourne)
Social policy and administration – Global ranking #8
(behind Harvard, Oxford, London School of Economics, Cambridge, UC – Berkeley, Stanford and MIT)
Geography – Global ranking #9
(behind Oxford, London School of Economics, Cambridge, University of British Columbia, UC – Berkeley, Durham University, UCLA, University College London)
Computer science and information systems – Tied for #10 with National University of Singapore
(behind MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, UC – Berkeley, Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, ETH Zurich)
University of Guelph
Veterinary science – Global ranking #7
(behind UC Davis, Cornell, Royal Veterinary College/University of London, Cambridge, Utrecht, University of Pennsylvania)
Mineral and mining engineering – Global ranking #3
(behind Colorado School of Mines and Curtin University, Perth, Australia)Anatomy and Physiology – Global ranking #5
(behind Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia and Stanford)
University of Alberta, Edmonton
(behind Loughborough University, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, University of British Columbia, University of Birmingham, University of Toronto)
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Geography – Global ranking #4
(behind Oxford, London School of Economics and Cambridge)
Library and information management – Global ranking #4
(behind University of Sheffield, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
Sports-related subjects – Global ranking #4
(behind Loughborough University, University of Sydney and University of Queensland)
What Method Did QS Use?
Four broad criteria were used to rank schools by subject:
- “Academic reputation,” which assesses the opinions of 75,000 academics worldwide;
- “Employer reputation,” which look at graduate employability by assessing the opinions of 40,000 employers;
- “Citations per paper,” or how often a school is quoted in research;
- and the “H-index,” which measures the impact of scholars’ published works.
The report found that Canadian higher education institutions are performing strongly. The top spots however, belonged to Harvard University which remains “the dominant institution” globally, QS says. Of 48 subjects measured, the school took top spot in 14. In second place was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with 12 first-place rankings.
For a full listing of university rankings, visit the QC website here: www.topuniversities.com
Quacquarelli Symonds (‘QS’) is a leading global higher education company, across 5 continentsand is best known for publishing the QS World University Rankings – the world’s most popular university ranking system.
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