University of Toronto scores top marks in QS World University Rankings by Subject

(photo by Ken Jones)
(photo by Ken Jones)

From environmental sciences to classics and ancient history, the University of Toronto continues to gain global esteem as a leader across a wide range disciplines.

The 2023 QS World University Rankings by Subject ranked University of Toronto first in Canada in four of the five broad fields assessed and placed it in the global top 10 in five specific subjects: sports-related subjects (5 ), data science (6 ), education (7 ), nursing (tied for 7 ) and anatomy and physiology (8 ).

University of Toronto was also among a small group of universities that ranked in the top 25 in 34 subjects. The others comprised: University of California, Berkeley; Cambridge University; Harvard University; University of Oxford; National University of Singapore; Stanford University and University of California, Los Angeles.

Internationally, University of Toronto was ranked among the top 50 schools in 48 subjects - more than any other university in the world.

"This latest ranking confirms again that the University of Toronto encompasses world-leading excellence across an incredibly wide range of disciplines and professions," said University of Toronto President Meric Gertler.

"Our faculty, students and alumni are recognized by their global peers as major contributors to the creation of new knowledge and solutions in every field."

Quacquarelli Symonds, whose head office is in London, ranked nearly 1,600 institutions across 54 subjects this year. The results are based on surveys of academics and employers, citations per paper, an index that aims to measure the productivity and impact of published work and a metric that aims to capture the scope of international collaborations. These indicators were assigned different weights depending on the subject.

University of Toronto led the country in 36 subjects while its ranking improved in 22 subjects, ranging from civil and structural engineering to modern languages. It also saw overall improvements in four fields: arts and humanities, engineering and technology, natural sciences and social sciences and management.

In total, University of Toronto ranked in 50 of 54 subjects - a distinction shared with University of British Columbia and University of Queensland. That included being ranked in two of three brand new QS subject categories: data sciences and marketing, where University of Toronto placed sixth and 13 , respectively.

Overall, University of Toronto continues to be the highest ranked Canadian university and one of the top ranked public universities in the five most closely watched international rankings: Times Higher Education  World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings, Shanghai Ranking Consultancy’s Academic Ranking of World Universities, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities and National Taiwan University World University Rankings.

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