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Concordia continues upward momentum in QS world rankings

Employer reputational survey is a key factor in the climb
September 16, 2014
By Fiona Downey


Concordia continues to rise in the QS World University Rankings after breaking into the top 500 last year. This year, Concordia ranks in the 461-470 range, among the more than 850 universities world-wide that were evaluated for the prestigious exercise in 2014-2015. Last year, the university ranked in the 481-490 range.

The university’s higher ranking is due largely to an increasingly positive reputation with employers, who view Concordia graduates as being ready to perform well in the workplace. Concordia also scored well for the proportion of international students and faculty.

The following criteria were used in determining this year’s ranking:

  • Employer reputation survey (10% weight):  Ranked 266 (last year: 353)
  • Proportion of international faculty (5% weight): Ranked 203 (last year: 218)
  • Proportion of international students (5% weight): Ranked 104 (last year: 104)
  • Citations per faculty (20% weight): Ranked 401+ (last year: 401+)
  • Faculty-student ratio (20% weight): Ranked 401+ (last year: 401+)
  • Academic reputation survey (40% weight): Ranked 401+ (last year: 401+)

“Our wide array of co-op programs and our District 3 innovation ecosystem are good examples of the hands-on learning opportunities that are available for our students. Employers view these initiatives very positively,” says Benoit-Antoine Bacon, provost and vice-president, Academic Affairs. “The rankings also demonstrate our continued strengths in terms of academic quality and world-class research across all our sectors.”

The university also moved upward in Faculty Area Rankings, with strong showings for the QS rankings categories of Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology and Social Sciences & Management.

  • Arts & Humanities: Ranked 192 (last year: 206)
  • Engineering & Technology: Ranked 322 (last year: 355)
  • Social Sciences & Management: Ranked 339 (last year: 317)


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