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U of T #1 in Canada, 16th Globally in Survey of World Academic Leaders

Times Higher survey ranks reputation of the world’s top universities

(Photo by Caz Zyvatkauskas)

Leading academics from around the world have rated the University of Toronto number one in Canada and 16th in the world in a reputational survey undertaken by a British publication that focuses on post-secondary education.  

The 2012 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, now in their second year, are based on a survey of academic opinion, featuring 17,554 published scholars from 137 countries. The invitation-only survey is carried out by Ipsos.

Last year, U of T ranked 17th in the survey, with Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cambridge University in the top three spots.

“Only 100 universities are listed in our prestigious World Reputation Rankings – that is around 0.5 per cent of the world’s higher education institutions,” said Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings. “So those that feature in the list are part of an exclusive global elite of exceptionally powerful university brands.”

Two other Canadian universities, the University of British Columbia and McGill University, are also among the 100 universities featured in the World Reputation Rankings.
   
These reputational rankings complement Times Higher’s annual World University Rankings that are published each fall and measure the institutional performance of the world’s top 200 universities in research, teaching and knowledge transfer. Last October, the University of Toronto was rated 19th overall in these rankings, the best of any university in Canada.

The Times Higher Education website has the full results of the World Reputation Ranking.