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UBC Reports | Vol. 50 | No. 3 | Mar. 4, 2004

UBC Now Ranks 35th among World's Universities

12th among North America's public universities

By Hilary Thomson

The University of British Columbia is now ranked 35th among the world's 500 top universities, according to a study cited in the Jan. 24 issue of the Economist.

Published by the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, and compiled by researchers at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Higher Education, the 2003 academic ranking guide placed Harvard at number one spot with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oxford University and University of Cambridge in the top 10.

UBC and the University of Toronto (23rd place) are the only Canadian universities in the top 75. The next Canadian university in the list is McGill University, ranked 79th.

"Strong research-intensive universities, able to compete and collaborate with the very best internationally, help Canada take its place in a world where global scholarship must fuel global citizenship," said UBC President Martha Piper.

"Internationalization is a pillar of UBC's strategic plan, and this survey confirms that we are making great strides in this area."

The survey, published for the first time this year, is described in the Economist article as a "painstaking ranking of the world's best universities." It scores universities on five evenly weighted indicators of academic and research performance. They include the number of Nobel laureates produced between 1911 and 2002, the number of highly cited researchers and number of articles published in science and social science journals. Universities are scored out of a possible maximum of 100 points.

UBC's highest individual score is in the category that tallied articles cited in the Science Citation Index-expanded and the Social Science Citation Index. Some of UBC's most-cited faculty members include economist Erwin Diewert, geneticist Phil Hieter, and neuroscientists Edith and Patrick McGeer.

For more information on the survey, visit http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/ranking.htm.

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