U of T the top Canadian university in world rankings

A file photo of the University of Toronto. File photo

TORONTO – The University of Toronto has knocked off its national rival, McGill University, as the best in Canada, according to the 2013 QS World University Rankings released on Tuesday.

U of T tied for 17th with the University of Edinburgh, up from 19th a year earlier.

McGill dropped from 18th to 21st after holding the top spot in Canada since the ranking agency started publishing results in 2004.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston held the podium at number one.

“In a difficult funding climate, it is gratifying that we have been able to maintain a top-20 ranking,” said U of T President David Naylor in a media release. “This result is a testament to the enduring excellence of our faculty, staff, and students.”

Three other Canadian universities rank among the top 100 schools with University of British Columbia at 49, Université de Montréal at 92 and University of Alberta at 96.

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This year 800 institutions were included in the comprehensive list with 76 countries represented.

The rankings were compiled with 62,094 academic and 27,957 employer survey responses.

Read the full 2013/14 QS World University Rankings.

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