U of T receives twenty-fourth place in the Academic Ranking of World Universities
U of T continues to be an academic leader in the international community, according to a 2023 evaluation by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.

The 2023 Academic Ranking of World Universities, an oft referenced and accredited annual listing created by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, was recently released online. The schools leading the pack with first, second, and third-place rankings were Harvard University, Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. However, U of T was not far behind, receiving a rank of twenty-fourth out of over 3,000 evaluated universities. 

The ShanghaiRanking Consultancy evaluated universities based on five fundamental criteria. An example of one such criterion is the number of alumni and staff who have received prestigious awards, such as Nobel prizes. Another consideration is the number of articles published in Nature and Science under any individual university, along with the number of articles included in significant citation indices. Universities whose specializations make their articles inapplicable for publishing in Nature and Science would have this criterion’s weight reallocated. The number of researchers whose work has been widely cited also plays a significant role in the evaluation. Student academic performance is also an important facet of success, in the form of “academic performance per capita.”

The ShanghaiRanking Consultancy also releases a yearly global ranking of universities’ various academic disciplines. In the 2023 listing, many programs at the U of T stood out as particularly exemplary. At U of T, the Sociology program was ranked the fourth best in the world (behind Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford). The Medical Technology program was also a standout, receiving a rank of sixth best in the world. The Psychology program received a seventh-place ranking, Pharmaceutical Sciences received an eighth-place ranking, and Public Health, Education, Statistics, and Finance each received a tenth-place ranking.  In these subject areas, U of T regularly ranked higher than various prestigious schools, including Yale, Columbia, and Cambridge. 

The only other Canadian institution that landed in the top 50 universities was the University of British Columbia, in the forty-fourth spot. Three other Canadian institutions ranked closely behind, with McGill scooping up seventieth place, The University of Alberta coming in at ninety-first, and McMaster settling in the ninety-eighth spot. 

U of T has consistently scored toward the top of the list throughout the past decade, displaying not only the quality of the academic work done by students, staff, and alumni, but also the longstanding consistency of that work. 

Editor-in-Chief (Volume 50); Managing Editor (August-November, Volume 50); Copy Editor (Volume 49) — River recently completed his HBA in Political Science. He is deeply passionate about social justice and law and is always learning more by connecting with members of the UTM community. In his spare time, he can be found playing video games and jamming out on the guitar.


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