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UBC ranked #2 university in Canada in 2020

It also ranked among the best academic institutions worldwide.
Photo: University of British Columbia (UBC) campus sign/Shutterstock

According to a new report, UBC ranks among the best universities in the world and second-best in Canada.

Compiled by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy - an independent organization dedicated to research on higher education intelligence and consultation - the ranking considers every university that has any Nobel Laureates, Fields Medalists, Highly Cited Researchers, or papers published in Nature or Science

In order to determine the ranking, the company considers several indicators of academic or research performance. These indicators include the aforementioned criteria to be a candidate in the ranking, as well as papers indexed in major citation indices, and the per capita academic performance of an institution. For each indicator, "the highest scoring institution is assigned a score of 100, and other institutions are calculated as a percentage of the top score."

Harvard University was the lone institution to receive a perfect score, which puts it in first place for the 18th year in a row.  Stanford University and the University of Cambridge remain in second and third, respectively. 

The other top 10 universities are MIT(4th), Berkeley(5th), Princeton(6th), Columbia(7th), Caltech(8th) Oxford(9th) and Chicago(10th).

In Canada, the University of Toronto ranked 23rd in the world but first in the country. UBC came second in Canada, placing 38th in the world. McGill University rounded out Canada's top three, and placed 78th in the world.  

McMaster University was fourth in Canada, and landed in the 98 spot globally. The University of Alberta took fifth in Canada, but did not make the top 100 universities globally. 

ShanghaiRanking notes that, "More than 40 universities enter into Top 1000 list for the first time," in the 2020 ranking.

Here are the top 20 universities in the world. 

universities-top-20-world.jpgPhoto: Shanghai Ranking

Here are the top universities in Canada. 

universities-top-canada-ranked.jpgPhoto: Shanghai Ranking

Find out more information HERE.

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