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October 27, 2017 3:39 pm

UNBC Makes Prestigious List

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Prince George, B.C. – Already ranked number one  in Canada  for small universities by Maclean’s Magazine,   UNBC  has made it  to another list,   although  there is still plenty of room to move up.

For the first time, UNBC  is  ranked on the  Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The list  includes 1,000 universities  from 77 countries  around the world  which are active in research and  have a global focus.

UNBC is featured in the group of universities ranked 601st to 800th.  While it placed 24 out of the 26 Canadian  universities that made the list,  it is the only university  of its size in Canada to make the  list.

Although  it  is in a grouping  of   between 601 and 800,  UNBC President, Daniel Weeks says  there is still  cause for celebration “It’s our debut,  we’ve never been ranked in the  Times Higher Education ranking.  You might think it’s low on the list, but remember, there are about 20 thousand universities  in the world,  we ranked in  the area of 600 to 800, an amazing debut when you consider  they  only rank 1,000 of the 20 thousand, so that puts us amongst the top 4% of the universities in the world.”

President Weeks says   it is amazing when you realize most of the universities  that ranked higher are  much larger,  much older, in some cases hundreds of years old “So in the  26 short years  UNBC has been in the higher education scene, it’s an amazing launch on the  international scene.”

There is a lot of data  associated  with the ranking,   and  President Weeks  says  UNBC will be combing through  that data for  details.

The number one University in the world? According to the list it is Oxford,  followed by Cambridge.    Cal. Tech and Stanford were tied at third,  and M.I.T  sits  in  the fifth position.

President Weeks says  in this rankings case,  it’s not about  catching up to the top five,  “It’s about making sure we are in the conversation, that’s really what it’s about.  Being on this list means that when students  are looking around the world,  as they do now,  the world is  the higher education market place, when they look at these things,  it’s really important UNBC  be part of that conversation  as a place they might consider going to.”


Congratulations UNBC!! A good news story for sure.

Excellent!! I agree totally with President Weeks’ point of view about being on the list.

I have been looking at the Times rankings every now and then for over a decade to find out where UofT and UBC sit on it. The two are consistently the top Canadian Universities.

This year, U of T is in 22nd place with 69,427 students and UBC in 34th place with 51,889 students. McGill is in 42nd place with 30,940 students.

For those who think that UNBC is too small to even make the top, say 100, in the rankings, here is a selection of small universities near the top:

Cal Tech, USA 2,209 students ranked 3rd
Princeton, USA – 7,955 students, ranked 7th
Karolinska Institute, Sweden, 7,723 students ranked 28th
École Normale Supérieure, France 1,548 students ranked 66th
Dartmouth, USA, 6,109 ranked 82nd
Rice, USA, 6,447 ranked 87th

UNBC is listed as having 2,752 students (I assume at the PG campus); 60 females to 40 males; 10% international students; 11.4 students to 1 staff

Here is what is written about it.


I always tell people that this is our hidden gem, and am proud of that!

This is great news for PG and IMHO, it’s a big opportunity as well. There are many places across Canada and the US that identify as “college or university towns”, many of them much smaller than PG and with less to offer. That said, they really embrace their post secondary institutions and leverage them for maximum benefit.

I think PG could do allot more to sell UNBC. Be aggressive about it. Don’t be shy. It’s a partnership. If UNBC grows, PG grows. There’s no reason that it can’t become a major component of PG’s identity. I think it’s already there for the local population, but why not aim higher?

Lien says that UNBC is PG’s hidden gem, and I would agree. I’d suggest it would be great for the city and region to make sure it’s not so hidden anymore.

Look at all of the stuff that has been talked about in PG over the years. Chopstick factories, airport runway expansion, oil in the Nechako basin, etc. Here you have an institution that already exists and is getting recognized pretty consistently. I’d say it’s high time to go full steam ahead on making it the true show piece for PG!

    well said.

PG grew up in one big step when the university opened.

In a recent online survey, 56% of UNBC’s staff voted that UNBC was NOT a good employer. From personal experience, most former UNBC employees do not have a good word to say about the place.

Don’t believe everything that you read in the news.

    It’s a toxic environment with a lot of “work place bullies” and unqualified managers that allow it to happen. But that really has little to do with a student’s experience or level of amazing research being conducted there! Yes it’s a political nightmare for a lot of staff (not faculty or students) but it’s clearly a great institution for education. I get anxiety just thinking about that place as a former employee.

Don’t believe everything that you read in the news


Would that extend to online surveys as well?

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