The QS World University Rankings for 2010 are out this morning. As I’ve said before, I don’t think university rankings really tell you that much about the quality of a particular institution, but I know many readers are interested. It’s sort of like sports: Who’s up? Who’s down? Who’s winning? Who’s losing?
The top-line news is that the University of Cambridge in the U.K. has finally edged past Harvard University for the number one spot. As for Canada’s universities, we’ve generally held our own, with 10 universities in the top 200, compared to 11 last year (Simon Fraser University, alas, has slipped below 200). Every Canadian institution but one in the top 200 is down somewhat from last year’s rankings. The only one not to drop was University of Toronto, which remains at number 29. McGill is again the top Canadian university, in the 19th spot, down just one from 18th last year. Make of it what you will.
Below shows Canada’s standings (the equals sign means it is tied for that spot with another institution).
|2010 rank||2009 rank||University|
|29||29||University of Toronto|
|44||40||University of British Columbia|
|78||59||University of Alberta|
|136||107||Université de Montréal|
|145||113||University of Waterloo|
|164||151=||University of Western Ontario|
|165||149=||University of Calgary|