U of A Nursing, petroleum engineering programs top latest QS subject rankings

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

EDMONTON — The University of Alberta is the best place in Canada to study nursing and petroleum engineering, according to the 2023 QS World University Rankings by Subject. 

Eighteen subjects at the U of A ranked in the Top 100 internationally. The institution as a whole climbed 16 spots to rank fourth in Canada, and now sits 110th globally out of 1,597 institutions ranked thanks to improvements in all five broad subject areas reviewed — life science and medicine (69th), engineering and tech (93rd), natural sciences (112th), social sciences and management (152nd) and arts and humanities (171st). 

“These rankings demonstrate that the University of Alberta continues to be one of Canada’s top universities and among the very best globally,” says U of A president and vice-chancellor Bill Flanagan. “Our upward trajectory in all five broad subjects means we will continue to climb in global rankings, building on our record of international leadership in research and teaching.”

The U of A’s nursing program has consistently been a consistent high performer and remains first in Canada for the second consecutive year in the QS subject rankings. It has also climbed steadily on a global scale, moving from 23rd in the world in 2019 to fifth worldwide this year.

“These rankings cement the Faculty of Nursing’s internationally regarded expertise in nursing research, leadership and practice,” says Diane Kunyk, acting dean of the faculty. “The continued improvement signals that our faculty is truly building something special for the profession of nursing that enhances the health and well-being of Albertans, Canadians and beyond.”

The U of A likewise remains a leader in petroleum engineering, ranked first in Canada for the fourth consecutive year and landing fifth in the world this year. “These rankings are reflective of our ongoing efforts to train future engineering leaders,” says Simaan Abourizk, dean of the Faculty of Engineering.

 Several other subjects within the engineering field were lauded in this year’s QS subject rankings, particularly mineral and mining engineering, which ranked second in Canada and 10th globally

Additional high-performing subjects globally include sports-related subjects (19th), anatomy and physiology (33rd), agriculture and forestry (76th), medicine (92nd) and accounting and finance (99th), with earth and marine studies, geology, geophysics, veterinary science and dentistry rounding out the top 100, and pharmacy and pharmacology, which rose from 85th to 49th spot.

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