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Concordia University climbs the 2018 QS World Rankings by Subject

Despite stiffer competition, the university makes gains in key areas, including engineering and technology, art and design
February 28, 2018

Concordia has again been recognized among the world’s top universities.

In the 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject (WURS), released on February 28, the university was a leading international institution in 15 of 48 subjects.

Last year, Concordia ranked in 15 of 46 subjects. Since then, QS WURS has added two more subjects for evaluation.

A total of 1,130 institutions from around the world were evaluated in 2018, up from 1,117 institutions in 2017.

Notably, Concordia is among the world’s top 100 universities — and among the top four in Canada (tied for first place) — in the Art and Design category.

The QS WURS evaluates universities by subject according to academic reputation, employer reputation and citations per faculty.

“As Concordia secures its place as Canada’s next-generation university, we‘re also securing our reputation among the world’s best schools,” says Graham Carr, provost and vice-president of Academic Affairs.

“We’re making excellent progress on our strategic directions, especially in terms of our teaching and research achievements. This is being noticed around the world which is a big reason why we continue to make our mark in international rankings.”

In July 2017, Quacquarelli Symonds named Concordia as the top Canadian university out of two in its 2018 Top 50 Under 50 Ranking. And in 2017, Concordia's hometown officially became the world's best student city.

The university was also recently named a top Montreal employer for 2018, the third year in a row it has been recognized as one of the city’s best places to work.

Where Concordia ranked best

Competing against a larger pool of institutions this year, the university rose in three subjects:

  • Art and design — 51-100, up from 151-200 in 2017
  • Mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering — 251-300, up from 301-350 in 2017
  • Sociology — 251-300, not ranked in 2017

Concordia kept its positions in 10 subjects: accounting and finance, architecture/built environment, communication and media studies, computer science and information systems, economics and econometrics, education, electrical and electronic engineering, English language and literature, linguistics and mathematics.

Altogether, Concordia’s 15 ranked subjects include:

  • Accounting and finance (151-200)
  • Architecture/built environment (151-200)
  • Art and design (51-100)
  • Business and management studies (201-250)
  • Communication and media studies (151-200)
  • Computer science and information systems (251-300)
  • Economics and econometrics (351-400)
  • Education (151-200)
  • Electrical and electronic engineering (151-200)
  • English language and literature (151-200)
  • Linguistics (201-250)
  • Mathematics (251-300)
  • Mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering (251-300)
  • Psychology (201-250)
  • Sociology (251-300)


Read about Concordia’s ranking successes in the U.S. News Best Global Universities rankings, Canadian research funding growth rate, World University Rankings 2017, Maclean’s 2018 rankings, 2017 Shanghai Rankings, and 2017 QS World Rankings.


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