Fact file: Top universities in the world

For the first time ever, two Canadian institutions have made the cut into the top 20 universities in the world, according to the newest and one of the most respected university ranking systems. But for the first time since 2006, the University of Alberta failed to make the QS World University Rankings’ top 100 list, instead coming in 108th this year. 



(AR = Academic Reputation; ER = Employer Reputation; CPF = Citations Per Faculty; FS = Faculty Student; IF = International Faculty; IS = International Students)

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Alberta’s other major post secondary institution, the University of Calgary, took the 214th spot.


Here’s a quick look at the top 20 institutions in the 2012 QS World University Rankings:


1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – U.S.

2. University of Cambridge – U.K.

3. Harvard University – U.S.

4. UCL (University College London) – U.K.

5. University of Oxford – U.K.

6. Imperial College London – U.K.

7. Yale University – U.S.

8. University of Chicago – U.S.

9. Princeton University – U.S.

10. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) – U.S.

11. Columbia University – U.S.

12. University of Pennsylvania – U.S.

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13. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) – Switzerland

14. Cornell University – U.S.

15. Stanford University – U.S.

16. Johns Hopkins University – U.S.

17. University of Michigan – U.S.

18. McGill University – Canada 

19. University of Toronto – Canada 

20. Duke University – U.S.


To look through the full list, click here.


When it comes to the best ‘Student Cities‘ in the world, Paris, London and Boston are considered to be the top three.


With files from Karen Seidman, The Gazette  

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