UBC takes 34th place in World University Rankings for 2016

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The University of British Columbia is once again among the top 50 universities in the world, and the second-best school in Canada according to the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The complete list released on Wednesday shows little change in the top five spots, naming the California Institute of Technology in first place before Oxford, Stanford, the University of Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Surprisingly, Harvard University was knocked out of the top five for the first time since the rankings began in 2011.

In Canada, the University of Toronto again took first place, the same as last year, and the 19th spot on the World list, up from number 20 in the 2015 rankings. UBC snagged the 34th spot this year, down from 32 in 2015 and 31 in 2014 and much lower than the all-time high ranking of number 22 in 2012.

UBC scored the highest marks in the number of citations category and the international outlook category.

Canada’s top five universities, according to the rankings are:

  1. University of Toronto (19)
  2. University of British Columbia (34)
  3. McGill University (38)
  4. McMaster University (94)
  5. University of Montreal (113)

Simon Fraser University took Canada’s 15th spot and the University of Victoria was named number 12.

View the world’s top 25 universities as ranked by Times Higher Education:

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