Hamilton’s McMaster earns 189th spot on world’s top universities list

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Published June 29, 2023 at 1:18 pm

Hamilton’s McMaster University was ranked 189th out of 1,500 schools worldwide.

It was ninth among its Canadian peers on the global list of the best universities.

The 20th edition of the QS World University Rankings covered schools in 104 locations. QS Quacquarelli Symonds, which conducts the rankings and posts them on its site www.TopUniversities.com, provides services, analytics and insight about the global higher education sector. It said it’s the only ranking of its kind to emphasize “employability and sustainability.”

According to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the results are based on the analysis of 17.5 million academic papers and the expert opinions of more than 240,000 academic faculty and employers.

Canadian schools ahead of McMaster include the University of Toronto (21st), Montreal’s McGill University (30th), the University of British Columbia (34th), University of Alberta (111th), University of Waterloo (112th), London’s Western University (114th), Université de Montréal (141st) and University of Calgary (182nd).

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, U.S.) topped the list for the 12th time, followed by U.K. institutions University of Cambridge and University of Oxford in second and third. The rest of the top 10 list includes (in descending order): Harvard University (Cambridge, U.S.), Stanford University (California), Imperial College London (U.K.), ETH Zurich (Switzerland), National University of Singapore, UCL (London, England) and University of California, Berkeley.

For this year’s rankings, QS Quacquarelli Symonds said it introduced three new metrics on sustainability, employment outcomes and international research network. It said its flagship website, www.TopUniversities.com, was viewed 149 million times in 2019. It started the global university rankings in 2004.

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