Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Our Place Among the World’s Best

University Rankings

The University of British Columbia is consistently ranking among the 40 best globally, and now places among the top 20 public universities in the world.

Place Year Ranking
#36 2016 Times Higher Education (UK)
#34 2016 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
#34 2015 Times Higher Education (UK)
#40 2015 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
#32 2014 Times Higher Education (UK)
#37 2014 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
#31 2013 Times Higher Education (UK)
#40 2013 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
#30 2012 Times Higher Education (UK)
#39 2012 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
#22 2011 Times Higher Education (UK)
#37 2011 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
#30 2010 Times Higher Education (UK)
#36 2010 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
#36 2009 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
#40 2009 Times Higher Education (UK)
#35 2008 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
#34 2008 Times Higher Education (UK)
#36 2007 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
#33 2007 Times Higher Education (UK)
#36 2006 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
#50 2006 Times Higher Education (UK)
#37 2005 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
#38 2005 Times Higher Education (UK)
#36 2004 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
#46 2004 Times Higher Education (UK)
#35 2003 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

International Rankings — The World’s Top 50 Universities

International rankings are a relatively new phenomenon, beginning with the 2003 Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Higher Education rankings.

Indicators used in the surveys include numbers of Nobel laureates; number of highly cited researchers; number of articles published in Nature and Science; number of articles cited in the Science Citation Index; and academic performance per faculty.

The Times Higher Education (THE) Reputation Rankings

UBC ranks 37 in the 2015 Times Higher Education (THE) reputational in ranking. This ranking is a sub-component of the comprehensive rankings, and based on an academic opinion survey. The THE started releasing this ranking separately in 2011.