Queen's scores high in international ranking
Queen’s is ranked 173rd in the world in the 2011-2012 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, released this week in England.
“As with other research-focused international rankings, this is another positive indication of our success in particular areas, like research income, reputation, volume and influence,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “I continue to encourage anyone who looks at global rankings to consider them as one piece of the decision-making process when determining where they might study and work. It’s also important to talk to people, visit campuses and websites and get a real sense of the place.”
Last year, Queen’s chose not to participate in the Times ranking exercise because of concerns about methodology and data integrity. Many universities around the world had complained about the way the ranking was tabulated. This year, Queen’s did submit data. The Times responded to the concerns raised and made some changes to the methodology.
The Globe and Mail Canadian University Report and the Maclean’s annual rankings will be released in the coming weeks. The former is focused on the student experience and relies on student survey results; Queen’s has consistently received among the highest student satisfaction ratings in the country. Maclean’s focuses largely on research and reputation measures with a lesser focus on selected aspects of the student experience.
“When we look at all the various results from the research rankings as well as those focused on student experience, what’s demonstrated is our success at achieving a balance between research intensity and a quality student experience,” says Principal Woolf. “This reflects our goal and vision of Queen’s as one of Canada’s premier mid-sized institutions.”
The rankings are available at: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/