MUN makes the grade

N.L.’S only univer­sity has im­proved in global rank­ings this year

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - LOCAL - BY MELISSA WONG SPE­CIAL TO THE TELE­GRAM Jour­nal­ist­ @Jour­nal­ist­wong

This year, Memo­rial Univer­sity of New­found­land moved up in rank­ing among the top 1,000 uni­ver­si­ties world­wide.

“There is a lot of for­eign-born (peo­ple) who come here and choose Memo­rial Univer­sity for their univer­sity,” said Gloire Os­si­hou, a stu­dent at Memo­rial Univer­sity from Pointe-noire, Repub­lic of the Congo. “When you find a big di­ver­sity of for­eign-born in the univer­sity, that means it is a good univer­sity. Like me, I come from the Congo and I chose Memo­rial Univer­sity be­cause they have good teach­ers and good struc­ture and there is also a lot of Cana­di­ans who come to the city for study.”

Two rank­ings have placed MUN in the top 1,000 uni­ver­si­ties in the world — the QS World Univer­sity Rank­ings and the Cen­tre for World Univer­sity Rank­ings (CWUR).

QS World Univer­sity Rank­ings puts MUN in the 651-700 cat­e­gory, higher than in last year’s cat­e­gory of 701-750. The eval­u­a­tions are based on each univer­sity’s aca­demic rep­u­ta­tion, em­ployer rep­u­ta­tion, fac­ulty and stu­dent ra­tio, ci­ta­tions per fac­ulty, in­ter­na­tional fac­ulty ra­tio, and the in­ter­na­tional stu­dent ra­tio.

The Cen­tre for World Univer­sity Rank­ings pegged Memo­rial in 579th po­si­tion, up from last year’s 624th po­si­tion. CWUR ranks the best 1,000 uni­ver­si­ties on seven ob­jec­tives: qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion, alumni em­ploy­ment, qual­ity of fac­ulty, re­search out­put, qual­ity pub­li­ca­tions, in­flu­ence and ci­ta­tions.

“It’s about keep­ing an eye on those rank­ings and mak­ing sure we are as­sessed the best way we can be, so that we don’t send the wrong mes­sage to the world, so to speak,” said Dr. Neil Bose, MUN’S vice-pres­i­dent (re­search).

“There are a lot of uni­ver­si­ties in other parts of the world, out­side of Canada, that put a huge amount of ef­fort into in­creas­ing their per­for­mance in rank­ings … which means that if you don’t pay any at­ten­tion to the rank­ings at all, grad­u­ally you will slip down the rank­ings, and over the last three or four years that has cer­tainly hap­pened to Memo­rial. It is not that Memo­rial had got­ten any worse, it is just that other uni­ver­si­ties had fo­cused on rank­ings.

“Memo­rial isn’t just in­ter­ested in fo­cus­ing on rank­ings just for rank­ings’ sake. It’s one of many things that can­not be ne­glected,” Bose added. “Much more im­por­tant is the qual­ity of the work done at the univer­sity, the qual­ity of the re­search, the qual­ity of the ed­u­ca­tion and so on.”

“I like it here,” said Ba­haa Boumough­labay, who is from Le­banon and is pur­su­ing a bach­e­lor of science de­gree at MUN. “The peo­ple, the pro­fes­sors, ev­ery­one … are all nice to each other. The col­lab­o­ra­tion with each other, no vi­o­lence, noth­ing, pretty safe and de­cent.”


Gloire Os­si­hou, from Pointe-noire, Repub­lic of the Congo, is an English as a sec­ond lan­guage stu­dent at Memo­rial Univer­sity. She says she came to New­found­land be­cause it has such a good rep­u­ta­tion.

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