McGill again listed among world's top universities


Rated first in Canada, 19th globally in QS World University Rankings

McGill University in Montreal has placed among the top 25 universities globally for the seventh consecutive year in the QS World University Rankings.

McGill's 19th place listing in the 2010 rankings is again the highest of any Canadian university and underscores its continued recognition as one of the top institutions of higher learning around the world. In the past three years, McGill has placed 20th, 18th and now 19th in these rankings.

"We are tremendously gratified to be recognized consistently as one of the world's leading universities," said Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum. "This terrific result reflects the broad strengths, superb  talents and dedicated efforts of our faculty, students, staff and alumni.

"It is important to note that McGill has managed to maintain its standing despite a growing funding gap between us and the universities around the world with which we compete."

QS World University Rankings was launched in 2004, with QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. serving as the data supplier for Times Higher Education magazine from that year through 2009. The rankings have gained broad recognition among students, academics and researchers around the world.  For its seventh year of rankings in 2010, QS is producing its ratings in association with partners including US News & World Report and Scopus, the Elsevier database.

The partnership between Times Higher Education (THE) and QS ended after the 2009 rankings. THE has signed an agreement with Thomson Reuters to produce its annual university rankings based on a new methodology.

In the 2010 QS rankings, McGill placed among the top 35 schools in Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences & Management.

"This performance highlights the University's strengths across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines - strengths on which we continue to build through increasing interdisciplinary collaboration among our Faculties," Prof. Munroe-Blum said.

McGill, founded in 1821, attracts students from more than 150 countries around the world. Almost half of McGill students claim a first language other than English - including 6,000 francophones - with more than 6,800 international students making up almost 20 per cent of the student body.

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