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3 global rankings confirm Concordia’s place among the world's leading institutions

The university is recognized for its teaching, technology transfer, international faculty and students, and alumni employment
June 7, 2018

Three new global university rankings confirm Concordia’s place among the world’s leading institutions.

In the newly released Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2018, Concordia held its spot among the top universities in the world founded over the past five decades. The university placed in the 101-150 bracket out of 250 universities.

While that’s the same position Concordia held last year, at that time the rankings included a shallower pool of 200 universities.

The Young University Rankings recognize the top 250 universities worldwide under 50 years old and focus on “universities that, unlike many of the world’s top-ranked universities, do not have centuries of history or tradition.”

Concordia moved up from 2017 in three of the five measures: teaching, international outlook and industry income (technology transfer) — a university’s ability to help industry with innovations, inventions and consultancy.

Four Canadian universities are included in this year’s ranking, up from three last year. Université du Québec joined Concordia in the 101-150 category.

“The university has been very forward-thinking in its focus on better preparing students for a changing world,” says Graham Carr, provost and vice-president of Academic Affairs.

“Our nine strategic directions capture that ambition, and evidently the clarity of our message and the quality of our students are being noticed by employers and others,” Carr says.

In the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) 2018-2019, released on May 28, Concordia was among the top four per cent of 18,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide. Only the top 1,000 research-intensive institutions received rankings. Concordia placed 719th.

Most notable was Concordia’s showing on the CWUR’s Alumni Employment indicator, which considers the number of a university's alumni who have held CEO positions at the world's top companies relative to the university's size. Concordia placed ninth out of 28 Canadian universities and second among the six Quebec schools, behind McGill University. 

In the 2019 edition of the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings, released June 6, the university placed among the top 46 per cent, in 464th spot, out of 1,011 ranked universities. Concordia has moved up 17 places since 2014, when it ranked in the top 56 per cent, despite a growing number of ranked universities.

QS found that Concordia’s relative strength lies in its faculty and students who come from outside its home country. The university ranked 197th in the world for its proportion of international faculty, up 12 spots from last year, and was number 115 for its proportion of international students.

“We are an international university in a great cosmopolitan city, and we strive to be a welcoming presence for talent coming to Quebec from elsewhere,” Carr says.

“By virtue of their different perspectives, life experiences and diversity, our international faculty and students improve Concordia in countless ways.”

Read about Concordia’s ranking successes in the
Maclean’s 2018 Program Rankings, 2018 QS World Rankings by Subject, U.S. News Best Global Universities rankings, Times Higher Education, World University Rankings 2017 and Maclean’s 2018 rankings.

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