UBC named #2 university in Canada, #40 in the world for 2015

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The University of British Columbia has once again made the list of best universities in the world, coming in at second place in Canada behind the University of Toronto.

Harvard University once again claimed first position on the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) list, followed by Stanford, MIT and University of California – Berkeley. All but two of the top 10 universities are located in the United States, aside from Cambridge and Oxford in the United Kingdom.

The University of Toronto took Canada’s top spot at number 25 in the World, followed by UBC at number 40, McGill University at 64 and McMaster University at number 96.

UBC fell in the ranking since 2014 when they held the 37th position. This is the second time UBC has place at number 40 since 2003, the lowest position they have claimed on the list in the same number of years. The Canadian rankings have not changed significantly over the years with Toronto always claiming first place followed by UBC.

Toronto, UBC, McGill and McMaster have always been the top four universities in Canada since the ARWU rankings began in 2003 and are the only Canadian schools to make the World’s Top 100.

The 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities is decided by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. The Center analyzes six determining factors in creating their list, including the “number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of Highly Cited Researchers, the number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance.”

It is important to note that these rankings are mostly based on universities which excel in scientific or technology studies as opposed to those with an emphasis on liberal arts. They are ranked on five broad spectrum fields, including:

  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences
  • Life and Agriculture Sciences
  • Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Social Sciences

B.C.’s three largest universities made the top 20 in Canada, with Simon Fraser University placing at 10th in the country (201-300 in the world) and University of Victoria at number 14 (201-300 in the world).

Top universities in Canada in 2015

  1. University of Toronto
  2. University of British Columbia
  3. McGill University
  4. McMaster University
  5. University of Alberta
  6. University of Montreal
  7. Dalhousie University
  8. Laval University
  9. Queen’s University
  10. Simon Fraser University
  11. University of Calgary
  12. University of Guelph
  13. University of Ottawa
  14. University of Victoria
  15. University of Waterloo
  16. Western University
  17. University of Manitoba
  18. University of Saskatchewan
  19. Carleton University
  20. University of Quebec

Top 50 universities in the world

  1. Harvard University, USA
  2. Stanford University, USA
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  4. University of California-Berkeley, USA
  5. University of Cambridge, UK
  6. Princeton University, USA
  7. California Institute of Technology, USA
  8. Columbia University, USA
  9. University of Chicago, USA
  10. University of Oxford, UK
  11. Yale University, USA
  12. University of California-Los Angeles, USA
  13. Cornell University, USA
  14. University of California-San Diego, USA
  15. University of Washington, USA
  16. Johns Hopkins University, USA
  17. University of Pennsylvania, USA
  18. University College London, UK
  19. University of California-San Francisco, USA
  20. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
  21. University of Tokyo, Japan
  22. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, USA
  23. The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK
  24. University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  25. University of Toronto, Canada
  26. Kyoto University, Japan
  27. New York University, USA
  28. Northwestern University, USA
  29. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  30. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA
  31. Duke University, USA
  32. Washington University in St. Louis, USA
  33. Rockefeller University, USA
  34. University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
  35. University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  36. Pierre and Marie Curie University-Paris 6, France
  37. The University of Texas at Austin, USA
  38. University of California-Santa Barbara, USA
  39. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  40. University of British Columbia, Canada
  41. University of Manchester, UK
  42. University of Paris-Sude (Paris 11), France
  43. University of Maryland-College Park, USA
  44. University of Melbourne, Australia
  45. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, USA
  46. Heidelberg University, Germany
  47. University of Edinburgh, UK
  48. Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  49. University of Southern California, USA
  50. University of California-Irvine, USA

View the full list here.

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