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
#31 2017 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
#36 2016 Times Higher Education (UK)
#34 2016 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
#34 2015 Times Higher Education (UK)
#40 2015 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
#32 2014 Times Higher Education (UK)
#37 2014 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
#31 2013 Times Higher Education (UK)
#40 2013 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
#30 2012 Times Higher Education (UK)
#39 2012 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
#22 2011 Times Higher Education (UK)
#37 2011 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
#30 2010 Times Higher Education (UK)
#36 2010 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
#36 2009 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
#40 2009 Times Higher Education (UK)
#35 2008 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
#34 2008 Times Higher Education (UK)
#36 2007 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
#33 2007 Times Higher Education (UK)
#36 2006 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
#50 2006 Times Higher Education (UK)
#37 2005 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
#38 2005 Times Higher Education (UK)
#36 2004 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
#46 2004 Times Higher Education (UK)
#35 2003 ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities

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.