UNBC Makes Prestigious List
UNBC – image courtesy UNBC
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.”