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University of Toronto first in Canada, fourth in world in latest rankings

(photo by Diana Tyszko)

The University of Toronto jumped to fourth place in the world – and first in Canada – in the latest international rankings on scientific performance.

The rankings, released October 9 by the National Taiwan University (NTU), are based on indicators representing three different criteria of scientific performance: research productivity, research impact and research excellence.

The University of Toronto and University of Oxford were the only non-American institutions to place in the top 10 (with Oxford tied for eighth spot with University of California – Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). It’s the first time U of T has placed in the top five; last year’s NTU rankings placed U of T eighth in the world.

The University also took top spot in Canada in five of the six fields: clinical medicine, engineering, life sciences, natural sciences and social sciences.

“This is an extraordinary achievement on the part of our faculty, staff and students,” said Professor Meric Gertler, president of the University of Toronto. “Ranking fourth in the world on the strength of our research excellence is an impressive accomplishment. But on top of this, we are the world’s top ranked public university, with 83,000 students on our three campuses, and with a strong commitment to student financial aid. We are arguably the world’s most accessible research powerhouse.”

Since 2007, U of T has consistently ranked between fourth and 14th in the world and first in Canada in the NTU rankings. Two other Canadian universities ranked among NTU’s top 50 this year: UBC (27th) and McGill (33rd).

“All rankings must be understood in their methodological context, President Gertler emphasized. “But the University of Toronto’s consistency across major rankings tells a compelling story.”

This is the fourth consecutive major global rankings survey in 2014 to name U of T first in Canada and among the world’s best. Earlier this fall U of T ranked 20th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 20th in the QS World Rankings and, in August, was the highest-ranked Canadian university in the Shanghai Jiao Tong’s Academic Ranking of World Universities.