Queen’s overall world ranking remains stagnant over the last five years.
Of 1,904 universities worldwide, Queen’s placed between 251 and 300 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Worldwide University Ranking, a similar standing to last year.
Of the top 20 Canadian universities in the rankings, Queen’s placed twelfth, falling behind University of Calgary and Western University.
The THE World University Ranking grades universities on five indicators: teaching, research environment, research quality, industry, and international outlook.
Based on the indictors, THE assigns universities scores out of 100, allowing them to rank universities worldwide. Overall, universities placed in the 251 to 300 bracket averaged between 53.1 and 55.8 points across the five indicators.
Queen’s scored below 37.5 on teaching and 38.0 on research environment indicators. The teaching indictor accounts for Queen’s teaching reputation, staff to student ratios, and institutional income. The research indictor considers the University’s research reputation among academics, research grants, and number of peer-reviewed publications.
The highest-ranking programs at Queen’s were pre-clinical health and law. THE ranked these programs higher due to higher scores on international outlook and industry income.
Of the five indicators, Queen’s scored 94.0 on industry, which contributed less than teaching and research to universities’ overall score.
Industry income and patents citing a university’s research impact the overall industry score. Queen’s is on par with Canadian and international universities in the top 20 for industry.
In 2020, Principal Patrick Deane called Queen’s THE ranking “depressing” at the Board of Trustees. Deane expressed concerns Queen’s wasn’t competing with other Canadian universities.
Leading Canadian universities this year are University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and McGill University, which all ranked within the top 50 universities worldwide. University of Toronto was the highest ranked Canadian university in the 21st place overall with 88.6 points.
In a separate ranking, the THE Impact rankings, Queen’s ranked third worldwide. The impact ranking measures universities contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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