McMaster moves up in world university rankings

August 25, 2014
    'This ranking serves to confirm what other rankings have established over the years – that McMaster University is consistently considered to be among one of the best in Canada, and in the world,' said McMaster president Patrick Deane.

An influential international ranking of the world’s universities has placed McMaster at number 90 among the world’s universities.

The Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities has moved McMaster up to No. 90 from 92 in 2013, making it one of just four Canadian schools in the Top 100, with the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and McGill.

In total, the ranking placed 21 Canadian universities among the world’s top 500 institutions — a drop from 2013, when 23 Canadian institutions made the top 500.

There are an estimated 16,000 universities in the world.

“This ranking serves to confirm what other rankings have established over the years – that McMaster University is consistently considered to be among one of the best in Canada, and in the world,” said McMaster president Patrick Deane. “Only three other Canadian cities have a university in the Top 100.  It is certainly a strong way to help Hamilton build its national and global reputation and to attract innovators and new business opportunities to our city.”

Among the specific results, McMaster’s Social Sciences programs ranked 48th worldwide.

Since 2003, Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Center for World-Class Universities has released an annual ranking of the world’s top 500 universities. The ranking is based on an assessment of each university’s quality of education, faculty and research output.

A few of the many reasons that McMaster makes the grade:

McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research is one of only a few such centres in the world.

Canada’s most influential scientist is a professor at McMaster. Salim Yusuf is a professor of cardiology and head of the Population Health Research Institute. This year he was named winner of the prestigious Canada Gairdner Wightman Award for outstanding contributions to medical research.

McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine created problem-based learning and evidence-based medicine, which have been adopted at medical schools around the world.

McMaster research nuclear reactor is one of the world’s largest suppliers of the medical radioisotope iodine-125, used for the treatment of prostate cancer. The reactor is also used to inspect the turbine blades of almost all jetliners in North America.

The McMaster Automotive Resource Centre is developing technology to make cars more efficient and safer, bringing investment and jobs to Hamilton.