uToronto holds place in THE rankings as others slip

October 3, 2014

The University of Toronto has held its 20th-place position in the Times Higher Education’s annual World University Rankings, while other Canadian institutions that appeared in the top 200 last year have fallen. UBC, which ranked second among Canadian institutions, slipped from 31st to 32nd, while McGill University dropped from 35th to 39th. Phil Baty, editor of the rankings, noted that Canada’s performance is striking given its heavy investment in education. “The drop is not a dramatic fall but a very consistent slip … Is there too much of an egalitarian system? That sounds perverse, but is there a sense that the universities are being funded too equally, that there needs to be greater protection for the smaller group at the top?” Baty asked. McGill President Suzanne Fortier said, “we have not seen any additional investments in quite a number of years now and also we have to live within quite a lot of constraints.” McMaster University was the only other Canadian institution to break the top 100, appearing at 94th, down 2 places from last year. The University of Victoria made significant gains, cracking the top 200 at 173rd. Full Rankings | Globe and Mail