UBC falls in 2015 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings

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“The world’s 100 most prestigious universities, as judged by 10,000 senior academics from across the world.”

The 2015 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings were revealed Thursday morning, and three Canadian universities made the top 50.

University of Toronto ranked as the top Canadian university at number 16, while McGill University and University of British Columbia made numbers 36 and 37 respectively.

UofT rose from the 20th spot in the 2014 rankings, but both McGill and UBC fell a few digits. With the latest results putting McGill one spot ahead of UBC, our province’s best university can no longer claim the title of second best reputation in Canada.

This is the lowest spot UBC has ever achieved on the annual rankings which has graded the world’s top schools’ reputations since 2011. UBC did however win the World University Rankings 2014-2015 video competition earlier this year.

No other Canadian universities made the world’s top 100.

Harvard University again claimed the number one spot followed by the University of Cambridge. Eight of the top 10 schools hail from the United States.

“The 2015 rankings are based on a survey carried out between November 2014 and January 2015, which received a total of 10,507 responses from 142 countries. Some 9,794 responses were valid for the World Reputation Rankings: respondents on average had spent 15.3 years in higher education and research,” The World Reputation Rankings boasts on its website.

Their methodology for determining the best utilizes the world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey, targeting only experienced and published scholars within institutions around the globe.

We’ve listed the top 50 below, or see the full list here.

  1. Harvard University, United States
  2. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  3. University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States
  5. Stanford University, United States
  6. University of California, Berkeley, United States
  7. Princeton University, United States
  8. Yale University, United States
  9. California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States
  10. Columbia University, United States
  11. University of Chicago, United States
  12. The University of Tokyo, Japan
  13. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States
  14. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  15. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
  16. University of Toronto, Canada
  17. University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
  18. Johns Hopkins University, United States
  19. University of Michigan, United States
  20. Cornell University, United States
  21. New York University (NYU), United States
  22. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom
  23. University of Pennsylvania, United States
  24. National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
  25. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation
  26. Tsinghua University, China
  27. Kyoto University, Japan
  28. Carnegie Mellon University, United States
  29. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  30. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
  31. King’s College London, United Kingdom
  32. Peking University, China
  33. University of Washington, United States
  34. Duke University, United States
  35. Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
  36. McGill University, Canada
  37. University of British Columbia, Canada
  38. Heidelberg University, Germany
  39. University of California, San Francisco, United States
  40. University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
  41. Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  42. University of California, San Diego, United States
  43. University of Melbourne, Australia
  44. University of California, Davis, United States
  45. Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  46. University of Texas at Austin, United States
  47. Northwestern University, United States
  48. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  49. Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), United States
  50. University of Manchester, United Kingdom

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