Mississauga Academic Institution Makes Prestigious List

This week, students of all ages packed their knapsacks and laptop cases and headed back to school. While back-to-school time is exciting for anyone, it's particularly exciting for new college and university students who are excited to embark on a challenging—but ultimately rewarding—academic journey.

For that reason, some students in Mississauga might be happy to hear that the University of Toronto—a renowned institution with a bustling Mississauga location—ranked quite high on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Coming in at 22 on the organization's vast 2016/2017 list, U of T beat out the University of British Columbia, Peking University in Beijing, University of Washington, McGill University, Brown University and others.

A few schools that received higher rankings?

The University of Oxford (number one on the list), Stanford University (which came at number three), Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell and John Hopkins (the Ivy League schools you'd expect to see occupying the top spots).

The list went on to provide some interesting facts about U of T, which also operates campuses in downtown Toronto and Scarborough. According to Times Higher Education, U of T is among the world's most prestigious universities.

The historic university was founded in 1827 and currently offers over 700 undergraduate degree and 200 postgraduate degree programmes to close to 60,000 students.

"With a longstanding reputation for innovation and research, UoT was the birthplace of such ground-breaking scientific moments as the discovery of insulin and stem cell research, and the invention of the electron microscope," the report reads. "The university also cites teaching as a strength in disciplines spanning medicine, business, engineering, humanities, education, and more."

Interestingly enough, U of T has taught five Canadian prime ministers, actor Donald Sutherland and writers Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje.

So although the school has slipped a little in rankings (it stood at the #17 spot in 2011), it's still enjoying an excellent reputation.

For more information on its ranking, click here.

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