McGill re­tains ti­tle of Canada’s top univer­sity in Maclean’s

Montreal Gazette - - CITY -

It’s be­com­ing repet­i­tive: McGill Univer­sity has been named the coun­try’s “Top Med­i­cal Doc­toral Univer­sity” in Maclean’s na­tional univer­sity rank­ings for the 13th year in a row.

Cit­ing its many il­lus­tri­ous alumni — from Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and Ar­cade Fire’s Win But­ler to singer-song­writer Leonard Co­hen — Maclean’s also notes the univer­sity has pro­duced more No­bel Lau­re­ates (12) and Rhodes Schol­ars (142) than any other univer­sity in Canada.

Uni­ver­si­ties in that cat­e­gory have sig­nif­i­cant re­search op­er­a­tions as well as med­i­cal schools. They tend to be among the largest post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions in Canada.

De­spite hav­ing one of the low­est per-stu­dent op­er­at­ing bud­gets of the 49 uni­ver­si­ties, McGill’s alumni have achieved sig­nif­i­cant ac­com­plish­ments, from brain map­ping to the invention of Plex­i­glas, and con­tinue to do so, Maclean’s notes. Among its most re­cent en­deav­ours are strides in the fields of HIV self-test­ing, for coun­tries around the world, and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

“We are de­lighted to see McGill rec­og­nized once again as Canada’s lead­ing univer­sity ac­cord­ing to the Maclean’s yard­stick. All mem­bers of our McGill com­mu­nity can take pride in this ac­com­plish­ment,” prin­ci­pal Suzanne Fortier said. “I salute our alumni for the solid foun­da­tion of ex­cel­lence they have built in our great univer­sity and con­grat­u­late all the stu­dents, pro­fes­sors and staff for their com­mit­ment to the val­ues of McGill.”

McGill is also the most in­ter­na­tion­ally di­verse med­i­cal doc­toral univer­sity in Canada, with 27 per cent of the stu­dent body com­ing from 140 dif­fer­ent coun­tries, Maclean’s noted in its ex­pla­na­tion of the rank­ing.

The magazine also noted that Mon­treal was re­cently named the world’s best city for stu­dents by global higher-ed­u­ca­tion an­a­lysts QS Quacquarelli Sy­monds.

(The Univer­sité de Mon­tréal re­tained its 11th-place rank­ing in the “Med­i­cal/Doc­toral” cat­e­gory.)

That said, McGill ranked ninth in Canada in terms of stu­dent sat­is­fac­tion, be­hind UBC, Univer­sité Laval and Univer­sité de Sher­brooke, which ranked first.

The Maclean’s rank­ing sys­tem con­sid­ers both Con­cor­dia and UQAM com­pre­hen­sive schools, a cat­e­gory for schools that “con­duct some grad­u­ate-level re­search and of­fer a wide range of un­der­grad­u­ate, grad­u­ate and pro­fes­sional pro­grams.”

Both uni­ver­si­ties re­tained their rank­ing from the pre­vi­ous school year: Con­cor­dia was ranked 10th and UQAM 12th in the com­pre­hen­sive cat­e­gory.

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