Mississauga-Based School Ranked One of the Best in the World


Published September 12, 2019 at 8:18 pm


Are you a student at the University of Toronto–Mississauga (UTM) campus?

If you are, you might be happy to hear that your academic institution has been ranked as one of the finest in the world. 

The University of Toronto has jumped three spots in the prestigious Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s universities, making it one of the world’s top 20 institutions.

According to a U of T news release, the institution was ranked 18th globally in the 2020 World University Rankings – up from 21st place last year.

Among public institutions, U of T ranked eighth in the world and third in North America. 

The new ranking, released Wednesday, Sept, 11, evaluates nearly 1,400 institutions around the world each year based on research volume, reputation, citations, teaching, international outlook and other factors.

“It’s not easy to go up three spots in one year,” said U of T President Meric Gertler, noting that U of T also rose three spots in a Times Higher Education ranking earlier this year that focused exclusively on universities’ reputations.  

“We recognize there’s a virtuous circle: The better your reputation becomes, the easier it is to continue to attract great faculty, staff and students from across the country and around the world.” 

The London-based Times Higher Education, which published its first rankings in 2004, considers a wide range of criteria in its highly anticipated annual list. Research, citations and teaching are the largest components, weighted at around 30 per cent each. Research income from industry and a university’s “international outlook,” which includes the ratio of scholarly papers with one or more international co-authors, make up the remainder. 

The release of this year’s rankings coincided with Times Higher Education’s World Academic Summit, which is taking place this week in Zurich.

U of T has been selected to host next year’s summit, which is expected to draw to Toronto hundreds of senior academic leaders from around the world.  

Four other Canadian universities join U of T in the 2020 World University Rankings’ top 100, including the University of British Columbia (34), McGill University (42), McMaster University (72) and the Université de Montréal (85).

The top three places in this year’s ranking were occupied by Oxford University, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge.  

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