The University of Toronto has jumped three spots in the prestigious Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s universities, placing it firmly among the world’s top 20 institutions.
U of T was ranked 18th globally in the 2020 World University Rankings – up from 21st place last year – further cementing its status as Canada’s top university. Among public institutions, U of T’s performance was even more impressive, ranking eighth in the world and third in North America.
The new ranking, released Wednesday, evaluates nearly 1,400 institutions around the world each year based on research volume, reputation, citations, teaching, international outlook and other factors.
“It’s not easy to go up three spots in one year,” said U of T President Meric Gertler, noting that U of T also rose three spots in a Times Higher Education ranking earlier this year that focused exclusively on universities’ reputations.
President Gertler added that U of T has invested carefully in an international strategy to engage its network of 591,000-plus alumni across the globe.
“We recognize there’s a virtuous circle: The better your reputation becomes, the easier it is to continue to attract great faculty, staff and students from across the country and around the world.”