uToronto returns to top 20 in THE world university rankings

October 3, 2013

The University of Toronto has made its way back into the top 20 of the 2013 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, rising one spot from last year, 21st to 20th. Of the 7 Canadian universities that made this year’s top 200, only uToronto and uAlberta saw an increase, with uAlberta rising 12 spots from 121st last year to 109th. UBC, McGill, McMaster, and uOttawa all slipped slightly, and uMontréal fell 22 spots back to 106th, after jumping in last year’s rankings from 104th to 84th. The slip “doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve gotten worse,” said Phil Baty, editor of the rankings, “it just means that others have improved more rapidly.” uVictoria fell out of the top 200 this year, after entering the rankings last year at 196th. Baty also stated that Canadian universities defied the predictions made last year of a rapid downward trend. After 3 years of using a new methodology, the THE rankings appear to be stabilizing, with the same top 10 universities as last year, although the order has “shuffled slightly.” Universities in the US continue to dominate the rankings, with 77 in the top 200, followed by the UK with 31. Globe and Mail | THE Rankings