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U of T engineering No. 1 in Canada

Shanghai Jiao Tong, QS rankings praise faculty

Engineering students take part in orientation. (photo by Mark Balson)

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering is once again recognized as the top engineering Faculty in Canada by two well-respected international rankings.

For the fifth consecutive year, U of T Engineering was identified as the premier institution in Canada for engineering/technology and computer sciences by the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). U of T was named 21st in the world according to the ranking, which is prepared by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The QS World University Ranking of Engineering & Technology programs also named U of T Engineering as number one in Canada, a spot held since the Faculty ranking began in 2007. The Faculty ranked was also ranked 21st in the world.

“We are pleased to be recognized once again as one of the world’s top engineering Faculties,” states Professor Cristina Amon, dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. “Our recognized leadership in Canada is a source of pride for all members of the U of T Engineering community.”

The ARWU ranking of research universities around the world is based on internationally comparable third-party quantitative data. The highest scoring institution is assigned a total score of 100, and other institutions are calculated as a percentage of the top total score. The scores are then placed in descending order.

The full ARWU ranking is available on their website.

The QS World University Ranking is based on a variety of sources, including the results from surveys of academic scholars (40 per cent of the final score) and employers (10 per cent), as well as quantitative data such as faculty-student ratio (20 per cent), citations per faculty (20 per cent) and proportion of international students and faculty (5 per cent each).

In April, the first subject ranking by QS World University Rankings also recognized U of T Engineering’s preeminence in each of its disciplines. The Faculty led all Canadian universities, placing 10th in Computer Science & Information Systems, 13th in Electrical Engineering, 14th in Chemical Engineering, 20th in Civil & Structural Engineering, and 31st in Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing among global universities.