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U of T Engineering eighth in world


By Kate Brand Tippin

Engineering at the University of Toronto rose two places in the 2009 Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings’ Engineering and Information Technology category, ranking eighth overall in the world and remaining first in Canada for the third year in a row.

“This confirms our global reputation as the premier Engineering institution in Canada and among the world’s very best Engineering schools,” said Cristina Amon, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. “While rankings do not capture all of our strengths, this provides a rewarding assessment from our academic peers, who acknowledge our outstanding reputation for excellence in innovative research and Engineering education.”

U of T Engineering ranks fifth in North America, following MIT, Berkeley, Stanford and Caltech. In 4,000 Engineering schools around the world, almost one million Engineers graduate each year. Out of the 40 accredited Engineering Faculties in Canada, last year the nation awarded 11,619 undergraduate degrees, 3,662 master’s degrees, and 958 doctoral degrees. U of T Engineering awarded 1,320 total degrees to students, which represents 18% of all Engineering degrees in Ontario.

The overall World University Ranking integrates peer review and opinion with quantitative data. Forty per cent of the total score is based on academic peer review, which is divided into five subject areas. This year, 9,386 responses were collected (compared to 6,354 in 2008). Another 20 per cent is awarded for research performance factored against the size of the research body. An additional 20 per cent is based on student to faculty ratio. A further 10 per cent is derived from a survey of 3,281 employers. An additional five per cent each is based on the proportion of international faculty and proportion of international students. For the subject rankings, only academic peer review is considered.

Academics worldwide rank U of T among the top 15 in the world in each of the identified disciplines.

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