McGill cracks global top 30 in QS rankings

University earns high marks for academic reputation and employment outcomes

McGill has solidified its standing among the world’s top universities, according to the 20th edition of the QS World University Rankings 2024. Released on June 27, by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the rankings see McGill jumping to 30th from 31st last year.

For this year’s list, QS ranked 1,500 institutions in 104 countries. McGill’s showing puts it in the top two per cent in the world – a result consistent with other recent rankings.

Expanded metrics

In previous years, QS assessed universities using six performance indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty-student ratio, international faculty ratio, and international student ratio. For this year’s rankings, QS introduced three new metrics: sustainability, employment outcomes, and international research network.

As well as improving its overall total and ranking from the previous year, McGill scored higher in the academic reputation category. Weighted most heavily, the category measures the quality of a university’s research, strength in communicating that research, and the impact of the research around the world.

The University also scored higher in international faculty ratio and citations per faculty.

On the global scale, McGill fared particularly well in employment outcomes (33rd in the world) and academic reputation (34th).

Nationally, in comparison with Canadian peers (G5) McGill ranked highly in faculty-student ratio (1st in Canada), citations per faculty (1st), and international student ratio (2nd).

Canadian universities trending upward

McGill’s success in the QS World University Rankings is indicative of an upward trend in Canadian universities. Of the 30 Canadian universities featured in this year’s QS rankings, 17 improved their position from the year before.

“Canadian higher education shines on the global stage, building on the success it achieved in last year’s rankings, which brought to an end an extended period of moderate stagnation,” said QS Senior Vice President Ben Sowter.

Sowter praised Canadian universities’ commitment to sustainability, accessibility, social impact, and internationalisation.

Continued rankings success

The strong showing in the QS World University Rankings is consistent with recent rankings success for McGill.

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Amelia Fansler
11 months ago

yeah … as University of Toronto’s second-fiddle!

Irving Fish MD
11 months ago

Mazel Tov for McGill’s continued academic and pedagogic excellence .
Irving Fish BSc.(McGill),MD
Sports Editor McGill Daily(1959)
Director,Pediatric Neurology(ret), NYU School of Medicine
Co-founder, Ethiopian School Readiness Initiative

Tony Vanvari
11 months ago

I am a graduate of University of Toronto, McGill University and Concordia University. I am glad that all the three universities are making a wonderful progress not only in their rankings among the world universities but also in their reach of educating the young all over the world. Bravo to all the three!

Gilmore Cooke
11 months ago

keep it up

PaulA.L.S. Hwang MDCM 74, FRCPC
11 months ago

I am proud of McGill’s ranking by QS. Only the UofToronto is ranked higher by QS but not f by McLean’s which still ranks McGill highest in medical/doctoral U.’sin Canada. Keep it up in the 3rd century. McGill! From: Paul A. Hwang MDCM’74

Doug Z. Earhart
11 months ago

I really wonder why the 2 or 3 best universities of Canada consistently rank low compared to the top 10 or 20 of U.S. and British universities.

Mostafa Ghozlan
10 months ago

When I joined McGill in 2013 to do my PhD it was in the top 20 universities, and during my PhD time, it kept stooping. Today, ten years later, it dropped to 30. I hope the “leadership” in the university discusses what is going on because a reputable university like McGill should seek to improve its ranking as time goes by, not decline.