McGill University is the cream of Canadian schools, the best public university in North America and ranks 12th among the world's top 200 universities, according to the prestigious THES/QS global survey. Released today, the Times Higher Education's ranking has McGill bounding up from last year's 21st place showing based on such factors as emphasis on science programs, the strong contingent of international students and faculty, student/faculty ratios, and publications by faculty and graduate researchers. Harvard placed first on the list, while Oxford, Cambridge and Yale tied for second spot. University of Toronto dropped from 27th last year to 45th overall. UBC (33), Queen's (88), Université de Montréal (93), University of Alberta (97), McMaster (108), Waterloo (112), University of Western Ontario (126), Simon Fraser (139) and University of Calgary (166) were the other Canadian universities that made the list.