Ranking right up there
McMaster continues to place very well in overall rankings of the top schools in the world, and the university’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine has placed first in Canada – 14th globally – in the latest influential ranking.
This week sees the release of the latest of the annual lists, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, produced with Thomson Reuters. The THE rankings peg McMaster at No. 88 overall, making it one of eight Canadian universities to place in the top 200.
In September, the QS World University Ranking – once affiliated with Times Higher Education, and now operating separately – notched McMaster at 152, up from 159 in 2011. McMaster moved into sixth place among Canadian universities from eighth.
The Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities continues to rate McMaster among the top four universities in Canada, and in August put McMaster at No. 92 globally – fourth among Canadian universities on its list.
Provost David Wilkinson said the numbers, taken collectively, continue to show that McMaster is broadly considered one of the world’s top universities.
“McMaster has placed consistently among the world’s top 200 universities – and is regularly ranked in the upper 100 of that group. We are proud to be there, especially considering that there are approximately 17,000 universities in the world,” Wilkinson said.
John Kelton, vice president of health sciences for McMaster and dean of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, said the University’s top ranking among Canadian medical schools is especially gratifying.
“We strive to be the best in teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook, and in integrating these with the needs of our community,” he said. “This ranking validates our long and continuing history of innovation, and will inspire us to do even better.”
Because different agencies use different methodologies and other factors can change, Wilkinson said, rankings can fluctuate from one year to the next. What’s important, he said, is that McMaster continues to perform at a high level when viewed over the long term.
Canadian universities compare very favorably on the international stage, with eight of the world’s top 200, according to the Times Higher Education rankings, compared with two for China and seven for France, for example.
Still to come are two major domestic rankings – from Maclean’s and the Globe and Mail.