UAlberta climbs up four spots to 90th in latest world university rankings

University soars 18 places worldwide since 2012; holds 4th spot in Canada.

The University of Alberta has once again pressed up the list of the world's elite universities, leapfrogging four spots to 90th, according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings.

This year's ranking is a continuation of the U of A's recent incursion on the top 100 universities, having moved up 18 places since 2012.

"In the 2018 edition, the (University of Alberta) performed among the top 10 per cent in the QS World University Rankings," read a statement released by the QS team. "Considering there are approximately 26,000 universities globally, this makes the University of Alberta one of the top one per cent of universities in the world."

The ranking, released June 7, also saw the U of A stand firm as the fourth-ranked university in Canada, behind the University of Toronto (31), McGill University (32) and the University of British Columbia (51).

The QS World University Rankings rate more than 700 universities worldwide based on six metrics-academic reputation (40 per cent), citations (20), student-to-faculty ratio (20), employer reputation (10), and international faculty (5) and students (5).

High scores for international faculty, international students and, in particular, academic reputation drove the U of A's standing.

These results are the latest in a spate of top ranking results, the most recent of which were released by the Center for World University Rankings, which listed the U of A among the world's best in five subject areas, including sixth in transplantation, fifth in each of forestry, geology and petroleum engineering, and third in paleontology. Those results follow on the heels of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, which placed the U of A in the top 100 in an unprecedented 25 subjects, including 10th in the world for sports-related subjects, 16th for nursing and 18th in mining engineering.

Earlier in the year, the U of A jumped an astonishing 79 places in Times Higher Education's World's Most International Universities ranking. The U of A ranked 31st most international university, ahead of the University of Toronto (32), Harvard (33), Stanford (36) and Princeton (37). Other showings include a top five placement in the Maclean's ranking of top Canadian universities and the Alberta School of Business' Executive Education program was named 60th in the world and sixth in Canada.

The top of the QS rankings remained unchanged as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology led the way, followed by Stanford and Harvard.