U of T ranked among the world’s best across 32 subjects

The latest subject ranking by the independent ShanghaiRanking Consultancy placed U of T in the top 10 globally in eight subjects: sociology (4th); medical technology (6th); psychology (7th); pharmacy and pharmaceutical science (8th); education (10th); finance (10th); public health (10th); and statistics (10th). 

Moreover, U of T was among a handful of elite schools that ranked in the top 25 for 21 different subjects – an achievement matched only by the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University, University of Michigan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Oxford, Stanford University and Tsinghua University. 

The Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 also ranked U of T first in Canada in more subjects – 31 – than any other university in the country. 

“We are immensely proud to see the University of Toronto recognized for its expertise across such a diverse array of disciplines – a testament to the high quality of scholarship and research generated by our world-class faculty.” said U of T President Meric Gertler.  

“Very few universities can match the sheer breadth of U of T’s excellence, from the medical sciences and engineering to the social sciences and humanities.” 

Now in its sixth year, the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 assessed more than 5,000 universities in 54 subject areas spanning the natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences.  

The rankings measure the performance of universities in terms of research output, quality and influence; international collaboration; and academic awards. Bibliometric data are used to develop the majority of indicators and are complemented with data on faculty honours and awards. Each subject has a different mix of indicator weightings and thresholds for inclusion, depending on the nature of the data being used. 

In all, U of T ranked in 51 of the ShanghaiRanking’s 54 subject areas, up one from last year, and was the only university ranked among the world’s top 100 in 46 subjects. The university’s ranking moved up in 19 subjects, declined in 14 subjects and remained unchanged in 17 subjects. 

U of T placed in the world’s top 50 in 32 subjects. Only five universities were ranked among the top 50 in more subjects – Harvard University, the University of Michigan, MIT, Stanford University and the University of Washington. 

By Rahul Kalvapalle

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