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UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 18 | November 15, 2001

UBC sews up silver spot in national standings

Ranking moves up in student body categories

For the third year in a row, UBC has secured second position overall in rankings of Canada's medical/doctoral universities, according to the annual survey published this week in Maclean's magazine.

"We are pleased that our second spot in the Maclean's rankings reflects the fact that UBC is one of Canada's outstanding national educational resources," said UBC President Martha Piper.

"Earning the silver spot in these rankings for the third year in a row shows that students, faculty and staff are deeply committed to UBC's Trek 2000 vision of a great university in a great city."

The key strategies of Trek 2000 include improved access to education through greater financial support for students, encouraging curricula that include opportunities for undergraduate research, and attracting top faculty.

The University of Toronto again placed first overall in the category, which ranks 15 universities with a broad range of PhD programs and research as well as medical schools. Queen's University placed third.

For the second year running, UBC was ranked first in percentage of faculty with PhDs and in faculty receiving humanities and social science research grants.

UBC improved or maintained its status in five of the seven Student Body categories.

Key gains include a move from eighth to third in the proportion of students who graduate and moving from third to second spot in terms of students whose average is 75 per cent or higher. UBC also maintained second place for the average entering grades for students.

The Maclean's ranking measures the undergraduate experience at Canadian universities, comparing post-secondary institutions in three groupings: medical/doctoral, comprehensive and primarily undergraduate.

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