McGill ranked among world’s elite universities by CWUR

McGill rates among world's top 0.2 per cent, in ranking that evaluates over 20,000 institutions

McGill is one of the top universities in the world according to the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). In the CWUR’s annual Global 2000 Rankings, released earlier today, McGill came in at 26th, moving up from 28th last year. The ranking puts McGill in the top 0.2 per cent in the world.

To compile its Global 2000 list, the CWUR rates 20,531 institutions from 95 countries.

The CWUR rankings evaluates universities and colleges on the following four indicators:

  • Quality of Education: based on the academic success of a university’s alumni, and measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won prestigious academic distinctions relative to the university’s size
  • Alumni Employability: based on the professional success of a university’s alumni, and measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have held top positions at major companies relative to the university’s size.
  • Quality of Faculty: measured by the number of faculty members who have won prestigious academic distinctions
  • Research Performance: based on research output; high-quality publications; influence; and citations

McGill fared particularly well in the Education indicator (25th in the world), the Faculty indicator (36th), and the Research research indicator (45th). The University ranked 109th in the Employability indicator.

The solid showing in the CWUR rankings comes on the heels of a strong performance in the recent QS World University Rankings by Subject, in which 28 subjects taught at McGill were ranked in global top 50, including three subjects in the top 10.

Consult the full CWUR Global 2000 Rankings for 2023

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Alex G.
1 year ago

Kudos to the hardworking McGill staff! Without the work done by the employees the University wouldn’t have the recognition it does around the world!

Lynne
1 year ago

All possible, thanks to the efforts (both sung and unsung) of the Administrative Staff who keep students on track with their graduation milestones, send out job postings to alumni, remind faculty of literally everything, and meet all those research deadlines that PIs inevitably forget about. Apparently, OUR overall job performance improves, even when our salaries do not!

Joseph L.
1 year ago

McGill plays second-fiddle once again to the University of Toronto in this less known rankings called CWUR. The prominent rankings, of course, are Times Higher Ed (THE), US News & World Report, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), and QS.

Henderson
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph L.

Cue the whiners! Hey, top 0.2 percent in the world. 26th out of 20,000 institutions. Sounds pretty damn good to me. Go ahead and gripe.

Joseph L.
11 months ago
Reply to  Henderson

We know that people do not bother to consider or apply to the 20,000 universities that include mail-order and online schools. McGill – the so-called “Harvard of Canada” is outranked by less known universities in this CWUR, including by PSL (ever heard of it in France?), University of Tokyo, University of Illinois-Urbana, and, of course, by the perennial top-placer in Canada (U of T). Now here is what the McGill Tribune, their student newspaper, has to say about the (psedo)”Harvard of Canada”: “Referring to McGill as the “Harvard of Canada” is fundamentally disingenuous for the simple reason that it is… Read more »

Henderson
11 months ago
Reply to  Joseph L.

Quoting the McGill Tribune? Really? A student newspaper is your only source… Try again. How about a source like Maclean’s magazine — with actual professional journalists? I think Maclean’s has ranked McGill Canada’s top Medical Doctoral university for like 18 or 19 straight years.And, while we’re at it, I never called McGill the Harvard of the North. To be the Harvard of the North, McGill would need to have Harvard’s endowment of $53 billion (look it up), instead of McGill’s approximately $2 billion endowment. Any way, not sure why you bring up Harvard as every other school on the list… Read more »

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Joseph L.
11 months ago
Reply to  Henderson

This is getting to be funnier and funnier. The defense of the above writer-McGill apologist is that I am quoting McGill’s student newspaper. Does it matter if this newspaper is quoting and discussing and digesting undeniably FACTUAL information? Who can ever deny that: “McGill is simply not on par financially with private, elite American universities.” Who can ever deny that: “McGill does not possess the same admissions selectivity that identifies schools like Harvard. McGill’s undergraduate admissions acceptance was 46.3 per cent for Fall 2016 (remains about the same each school year), which is almost eight times the numbers for Harvard,… Read more »

Henderson
11 months ago
Reply to  Joseph L.

Well, I have never said, McGill is “on a par financially with private, elite American Universities,” so I’m not sure what your argument is. Only an idiot would make that assumption, as the endowment numbers are available to everyone. In fact, in my previous comment, I’m the one that brought up Harvard’s $53 billion endowment. Of course, if we’re using finances as the measuring stick, your beloved U of T, with it’s paltry endowment of $3 billion hardly rates at all, right? That being said, at 26th in this ranking, McGill actually DID outperform a number of so-called “elite American… Read more »

Joseph L.
11 months ago
Reply to  Henderson

This guy is getting weirder and weirder. First, he imagines I am from the University of Toronto or an apologist for this university. I have no affiliation or interest in Toronto and neither am I impressed with this school. I am just saying that McGill is declining in its international ranking — relative to other less known universities and even relative to Toronto in the home front. Next, this guy offers a defense: all other major universities in Canada have very high admission rates. Surely, that is why they are generally considered inferior to American top universities. For example, Harvard… Read more »

Frank
11 months ago

Imagine how much more output they’d have if McGill actually provided some decent level of administrative support to their professors. Yikes.