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McGill takes 12th spot in global ranking




From Thursday's Globe and Mail

November 8, 2007 at 5:05 AM EST


An international ranking of universities has put Montreal's McGill University in 12th spot, the highest rank to be reached by a Canadian institution.


The annual rating, done by London-based Times Higher-QS World University Rankings, moved McGill up from its 21st placement last year. Ten other Canadian universities made the top 200 list, with the University of British Columbia finishing in the 33rd spot and the University of Toronto in the 45th.


"This is such a source of pride for us. It shows that McGill is moving in the right direction," principal Heather Munroe-Blum said.


The placement means McGill is now the top-ranked public university in North America, she said. It also demonstrates that the practice of concentrating resources on areas of excellence such as neuroscience, developmental biology and law is showing results, she added. "We have chosen our spots very carefully in areas where we can be leaders in the world."


The rating, which was to be released this morning in London, comes at an important time for McGill as it looks to tap its network of alumni for a major fundraising campaign and is striving to increase its profile.


Harvard University once again was placed at the top of the international ranking, which was conducted by an independent firm, sold off by the owners of the Times of London in 2005.


Oxford, Cambridge and Yale all shared second place.


The survey considers a number of factors in its rankings and gathers input from more than 5,000 academics around the world.

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The Ecole Normale Superieure (26) & the Ecole Polytechnique (28) of France are the two top french speaking schools in the ranking. However, they can't be considered as "universities" per se as they only welcome very few students (about 2000 each) compared to douzens of thousands for the UofM.


Here's the ranking (present year, last year)


1 1 HARVARD University United States

2= 2 University of CAMBRIDGE United Kingdom

2= 3 University of OXFORD United Kingdom

2= 4= YALE University United States

5 9 Imperial College LONDON United Kingdom

6 10 PRINCETON University United States

7= 7 CALIFORNIA Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States

7= 11 University of CHICAGO United States

9 25 UCL (University College LONDON) United Kingdom

10 4= MASSACHUSETTS Institute of Technology (MIT) United States

11 12 COLUMBIA University United States

12 21 MCGILL University Canada

13 13 DUKE University United States

14 26 University of PENNSYLVANIA United States

15 23 JOHNS HOPKINS University United States

16 16 AUSTRALIAN National University Australia

17 19= University of TOKYO Japan

18 33= University of HONG KONG Hong Kong

19 6 STANFORD University United States

20= 35= CARNEGIE MELLON University United States

20= 15 CORNELL University United States

22 8 University of California, BERKELEY United States

23 33= University of EDINBURGH United Kingdom

24 46= King's College LONDON United Kingdom

25 29= KYOTO University Japan

26 18 Ecole Normale Supérieure, PARIS France

27 22 University of MELBOURNE Australia


29 42 NORTHWESTERN University United States

30 40 University of MANCHESTER United Kingdom

31 35= The University of SYDNEY Australia

32 54= BROWN University United States

33= 50= University of BRITISH COLUMBIA Canada

33= 45 University of QUEENSLAND Australia

33= 19= National University of SINGAPORE Singapore

36 14 PEKING University China

37 64= University of BRISTOL United Kingdom

38= 50= The CHINESE University of Hong Kong Hong Kong

38= 29= University of MICHIGAN United States

40 28 TSINGHUA University China

41 31 University of CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States

42 24 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Switzerland

43 38 MONASH University Australia

44 41 University of NEW SOUTH WALES Australia

45 27 University of TORONTO Canada

46 70= OSAKA University Japan

47 66 BOSTON University United States

48 69 University of AMSTERDAM Netherlands

49 43 NEW YORK University (NYU) United States

50 46= The University of AUCKLAND New Zealand

51= 63 SEOUL National University Korea, South

51= 32 University of TEXAS at Austin United States

53= 58= HONG KONG University of Science & Technology Hong Kong

53= 78 TRINITY College Dublin Ireland

55= 84 University of WASHINGTON United States

55= 79= University of WISCONSIN‐Madison United States

57 73 University of WARWICK United Kingdom

58 44 University of CALIFORNIA, San Diego United States

59 17 LONDON School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom

60 58= HEIDELBERG University Germany

61 96 Katholieke Universiteit LEUVEN Belgium

62 105= University of ADELAIDE Australia

63 86 DELFT University of Technology Netherlands

64 111= University of WESTERN AUSTRALIA Australia

65= 90= University of BIRMINGHAM United Kingdom

65= 98 Ludwig‐Maximilians‐Universität München (MUNICH) Germany

67 82= Technische Universität MÜNCHEN Germany

68 102= University of SHEFFIELD United Kingdom

69 61= NANYANG Technological University Singapore

70 85 University of NOTTINGHAM United Kingdom

71= 61= DARTMOUTH College United States

71= 111= UPPSALA University Sweden

73 77 University of ILLINOIS United States

74= 56 EMORY University United States

74= 124= University of YORK United Kingdom

76 109= University of ST ANDREWS United Kingdom

77= 88 University of PITTSBURGH United States

77= 127 PURDUE University United States

79 111= University of MARYLAND United States

80= 121 University of LEEDS United Kingdom

80= 141= University of SOUTHAMPTON United Kingdom

82 53 VANDERBILT University United States

83 81 University of GLASGOW United Kingdom

84 90= LEIDEN University Netherlands

85= 60 CASE WESTERN RESERVE University United States

85= 116= FUDAN University China

85= 87 University of VIENNA Austria

88 176 QUEEN'S University Canada

89 95 UTRECHT University Netherlands

90= 99= PENNSYLVANIA STATE University United States

90= 118 TOKYO Institute of Technology Japan

92 102= RICE University United States

93= 54= University of COPENHAGEN Denmark

93= 181= University of MONTREAL Canada

95 48= University of ROCHESTER United States

96 170= University of CALIFORNIA, Davis United States

97= 133= University of ALBERTA Canada

97= 145 GEORGIA Institute of Technology United States

99 141= CARDIFF University United Kingdom

100 116= University of HELSINKI Finland

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What they don't mention is that they actually invited over 200,000 academics from all over the world and only 5,000 responded, AND that's 5,000 over a three year period! The response rate is less than 1% per year. A reminder that all rankings, as flattering as they may be, are to be taken lightly.

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  • 8 months later...

McGill University improves world ranking

The Gazette

Published: 6 hours ago


McGill University rose three spots in the most recent annual world ranking of universities. According to Shanghai Jiao Tong University's 2008 list, McGill is ranked 60th in the world, 42nd in North and Latin America and third in Canada. Harvard University captured first place worldwide and in the Americas; the University of Toronto took first place in Canada. Shanghai University researchers studied about 1,200 universities to compile the list, taking into account such factors as the number of Nobel Prizes awarded to faculty and staff, publications by faculty, research citations and per capita academic performance.


View the full results at www.arwu.org/rank2008/EN2008.htm

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