June 27, 2019

QS and THE Golden Age rankings released

Institutions evaluated on a number of performance metrics

The University of Calgary has ranked as number one in Canada and 25th among the world’s best Golden Age universities. This week, the Times Higher Education (THE) released the results of its Young University Rankings 2019: Golden Age Universities (between 50 and 80 years old).

THE describes this period as the “Golden Age” in global higher education, characterized by rapid university expansion and increasing investment in research. This year 271 universities are featured on the list, up from 200 last year. The University of Calgary improved its rank in the THE Golden Age ranking from last year, where it was ranked as number two in Canada and 29th in the world.

Methodology for Times Higher Education (THE) — Golden Age Ranking

The THE Golden Age ranking applies the same methodology as the Times Higher Education World University Ranking (WUR). Institutions provide and sign off their institutional data for use in the rankings. The rankings are generated from five areas, each of which represents a key area of higher education excellence. Here are the five areas and how they are weighted in the ranking:

  • Teaching (the learning environment) (30 per cent)
  • Research (volume, income and reputation (30 per cent)
  • Citations (research influence) (30 per cent)
  • International outlook (staff, students, research) (7.5 per cent)
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer) (2.5 per cent)

QS World University Rankings 2020

Earlier this month, the QS World University Rankings 2020 were released. In this ranking, the University of Calgary placed ninth in Canada, and 233rd in the world. The results confirm that the university has been making progress in research, with an increase in the number of citations per faculty member. The university also did well in the number of international students it has recruited to campus.

Methodology for QS rankings

Institutional rankings are based on six indicators that take into consideration academic and research performance as well as international outlook. Here are the six areas and how they are weighted:

  • Academic reputation (40 per cent)
  • Employer reputation (10 per cent )
  • Student-to-faculty ratio (20 per cent)
  • Citations per faculty (20 per cent)
  • International faculty ratio (five per cent)
  • International student ratio (five per cent)

How UCalgary ranks in research

Earlier this year, UCalgary ranked 128th in the world and sixth among Canadian universities based on total publications, according to the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019. This highly respected global ranking is distinguished by its exclusive use of bibliographic data to rank the scientific impact of universities.

The University of Calgary also moved up on the list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities last year, based on sponsored research income, according to the Re$earch Infosource Inc. results. In this ranking, the University of Calgary ranked in sixth place among Canadian universities based on the $380.4 million of sponsored research income generated in 2016-17.