4 Canadian schools make list of top 100 universities in the world

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Canada may not have the world’s best university — or even place in the top 10 — but several schools in the Great White North have scored some impressive spots on the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2018.

The list, released Tuesday morning, names Britain’s Oxford University as the best on the planet, with the country’s Cambridge University in second place.

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But the U.S. quickly catches up with the California Institute of Technology in third spot, Stanford University in fourth, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Princeton University.

Canada’s first placement comes in the 22nd spot, with the University of Toronto. Other Canadian universities in the top 100 include the University of British Columbia at 34, McGill University at 42, and McMaster University at 78.

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But the rankings count the world’s top 1,000 universities, with several other Canadian ones making the list, including the University of Montreal, the University of Alberta, and the University of Calgary.

A press release by the World University Rankings boasts Canada’s top schools as “world-class,” and outlines their many plus points.

“Compared with the U.S., Canada can also provide cheaper study options, simpler application processes and more opportunities for permanent residency,” the release reads.

It also explains why the schools rank so highly on the list. Both the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia scored well when it came to research, meaning they produce “high-quality academic work that is well respected.” They also enroll a high number of international students, which “promotes a global outlook.”

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The study also notes that several former Canadian prime ministers have attended the schools, as well as Justin Trudeau who studied at the University of British Columbia.

When it comes to improvements, Canadian universities are relatively stagnant.

The University of Toronto — consistently the country’s top-ranking school — was in 22nd place last year as well, at no.19 in the 2016 rankings, and 20 in 2015.

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The University of British Columbia has also been in similar position for the past few years; it was at no. 36 last year, and 34 in the 2016 ranking.

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However, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., saw a massive jump in the rankings this year, moving up 35 spots to number 78.

The rankings score the schools based on teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The principles are then compared with other performance indicators such as student reviews, university leaders, and trust in industry and governments.

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This year, the study notes that European schools nabbed half of the top 200 places. It also advises that schools in China are improving in reputation, with two schools making the top 30.

It explained that the University of Oxford — with about 22,000 students — won the top spot for its high scores in teaching, research, and international outlook. The school has consistently ranked in the top 5 since 2012 and was at no. 1 last year as well.

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