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Our Place Among the World’s Best

World university rankings recognize the University of British Columbia for its excellence in teaching and research as well as its global impact: a place where people shape a better world.


The most established and influential global rankings all consistently place UBC in the top five per cent of universities in the world.

Universities are judged across multiple performance areas, including research productivity, excellence in teaching, international collaborations, collaboration with businesses and the public sector, and academic and employer reputation.

THE 2020 ARWU 2019 QS 2020
World Ranking 34th 35th 51st
Canada Ranking 2nd 2nd 3rd
North America Public Institutions Ranking 7th 10th 7th
World Public Institutions Ranking 19th 20th 32nd

*(THE) Times Higher Education, (ARWU) Academic Ranking of World Universities, (QS) QS World University Rankings

UBC ranks in the top three universities in the world for making a global impact.


The Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings assess universities’ social and economic contributions through their success in delivering on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs address global challenges related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity and peace and justice.

UBC ranks top three overall among more than 450 universities from 76 countries based on its contributions through research, outreach and stewardship.


1st in Climate Action

UBC ranks number one in the world for taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. UBC’s research on climate change, use of energy and preparations for dealing with consequences of climate change is world leading.


1st in Sustainable Cities and Communities

UBC ranks number one in Canada for its research on sustainability and on making cities inclusive, safe and resilient. UBC is also recognized for its role as a custodian of arts and heritage and its internal approach to sustainability.


2nd in Canada for:

  • Quality Education — contributions to lifelong learning, pedagogy research and commitment to inclusive education
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure — building resilient infrastructure, promoting sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation
  • Partnerships for the Goals — engaging in global partnerships and collaboration with other countries to promote best practices, and publication of data for sustainable development