University Rankings

Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) at the University of Alberta. The University of Alberta is in the top 5 for university rankings in Canada and consistently near the top 100 among world university rankings.

Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) at the University of Alberta

Latest U of A Rankings News

U of A leads the nation in nursing and petroleum engineering base on latest QS subject rankings

Eighteen subjects rank among Top 100 in the world, highlighting the institution’s continued excellence at an international level.

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At a Glance

Top Programs

Top U of A Programs

U of A Program


Ranking Body

Nursing #5 (Global)
#1 (Canada)
Petroleum Engineering #5 (Global)
#1 (Canada)
Mining & Mineral Engineering #10 (Global)
#2 (Canada)
Environmental Science & Engineering #10 (Global)
#1 (Canada)
Instruments Science & Technology #1 (Canada) ARWU
Chemical Engineering #1 (Canada) ARWU
Chemistry #2 (Canada) ARWU
Food Science & Technology #2 (Canada) ARWU
Agriculture Science #2 (Canada) NTU

University Rankings

U of A in Global and Canadian University Rankings

Ranking Body

World Ranking

Canadian Ranking

Quacquarelli Symonds #110 #4
Times Higher Education #118 #6
Academic Ranking of World Universities #92 #5
National Taiwan University #104 #4

U of A in Canada and the World

Ranking Criteria & Ranking Bodies

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

ranks universities by several indicators of academic or research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, papers published in Nature and Science, papers indexed in major citation indices, and the per capita academic performance of an institution.
  • Quality of Education - Alumni of an institution winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals [10%]
  • Quality of Faculty - Staff of an institution winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals and Highly cited researchers in 21 broad subject categories [40%]
  • Research Output - Papers published in Nature and Science* and Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-expanded and Social Science Citation Index [40%]
  • Per Capita Performance - Per capita academic performance of an institution [10%]

Find a more detailed breakdown of the ARWU ranking methodology here.

Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (NTU Rankings)
The Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, also known as the NTU rankings, are released annually by National Taiwan University. The NTU provides a World University Rankings as well as rankings by 27 subjects and in 6 fields. The NTU ranking system was designed to evaluate research universities’ achievements in scientific research using objective indicators. The NTU performance measurements are composed of 8 indicators representing 3 different criteria of scientific paper performance: Research Productivity, Research Impact and Research Excellence
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)

Published annually since 2011, the QS World University Rankings by Subject highlights the world's top-performing institutions in a broad spectrum of individual academic areas. The rankings aim to help prospective students identify leading universities in their chosen field of study.

For its subject-area rankings, QS ranks universities based on:

  • academic reputation,
  • employer reputation,
  • academic citations and
  • research impact.

Find more information on QS ranking indicators and methodology here.

Times Higher Education (THE)

Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings list the best global universities and are the only international university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Performance indicators are grouped into five areas:

  • Teaching (the learning environment)
  • Research (volume, income and reputation)
  • Citations (research influence)
  • International outlook (staff, students and research)
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer).

Read more about the THE ranking indicators and methodology.

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