Media Release | Oct. 6, 2011

UBC ranks 22nd among world universities, jumping eight spots

The University of British Columbia now ranks 22nd among the world’s universities, according to the 2011-2012 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, released yesterday in London, U.K.

In a survey of the top 400 institutions around the world, UBC jumped eight spots from last year’s rank of 30th. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings use 13 indicators to measure the university’s performance in teaching, research, research influence, innovation and international outlook. Nine Canadian universities ranked among Times Higher Education’s list of top 200.

“UBC’s ranking reflects our academic excellence and commitment to international engagement,” says UBC President Prof. Stephen Toope.

In August, UBC ranked 37 in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings of the top 500 universities worldwide. In both the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the Times Higher Education university surveys, UBC is ranked the second-highest among Canadian universities, behind the University of Toronto.

“Each university provides its community with a unique experience so comparing universities on a global scale can be a challenge. Both the Times Higher Education and the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings use credible indicators in their surveys,” says Toope. “What is significant to us is that UBC consistently ranks among the 40 best universities globally.

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