Oshawa Ontario Tech second among Canadian ‘young’ universities in global report

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Published July 4, 2023 at 11:11 am

Ontario Tech University placed second among all Canadian universities 50 years young or less in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings.

Ontario Tech was ranked in the 201-250 range globally, down slightly from the 183 rating it earned in the 2022 survey. Concordia University of Montreal, which was founded in 1974 to just qualify (though as the result of a merger between Sir George Williams University and Loyola College it actually has a history dating back to 1896) was the top Canadian university in the rankings, placing in the 151-200 range.

The table is based on the same 13 performance indicators as the flagship World University Rankings, but the weightings have been adjusted to give less weight to reputation.

The universities are judged across all their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook – to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available.

The 2023 ranking includes 605 universities, up from 539 in 2022, and is top-heavy with technology-centred STEM-based schools like Ontario Tech, which accepted its first cohort of students 20 years ago and now boasts an enrollment of more than 10,000.

At number one on the list Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, one of five Asian schools in the top ten, with three from Hong Kong. Overall, however, Australia came out on top on average for its young universities, besting last year’s number one, Germany.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology moves up to the second spot, while last year’s front-runner Paris Sciences et Lettres falls to third place.

The ratio of international students on campus is one of the leading categories used in Times Higher Education’s methodology and Concordia has a clear advantage vs Ontario Tech, with 34 per cent of its student population coming from outside Canada.

The percentage for Ontario Tech, which does attract plenty of international students (notably from India) to the Oshawa campus, is just eight per cent.

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