University of Ottawa ranks among top 200 universities in the world according to Leiden Ranking

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013

The University of Ottawa has done it again: it has proven the outstanding quality and achievements of its research community. According to the latest rankings issued by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University, uOttawa has placed among the top 200 universities of the 500 major universities in the world in terms of its impact on life sciences, science and engineering, social sciences and the humanities.

The University of Ottawa ranks 189th in the annual list and places fourth among Canadian universities and second in Ontario. A total of 19 Canadian institutions made the ranking this year.

“These standings truly speak to our research excellence, momentum and achievements, and they confirm the University's place in an elite group of research institutions in Canada and the world. It is also a testimony to the high quality of graduate training that our world-class faculty members provide to our students,” said Mona Nemer, Vice-President, Research.

The Leiden Ranking is a compilation of the top 500 universities worldwide with the largest publication output in the Web of Science database. Impact is determined by several indicators, including the average number of citations of the university's publications, and the proportion of publications that fall within the top 10 percent of most frequently cited publications. Based on Web of Science database entries from 2008 to 2011, the University of Ottawa's scientific publications –– which include papers in the fields of biomedical and life sciences, mathematics, engineering, computer sciences, natural sciences, and social sciences –– are cited an average of 6.19 times, and 11 per cent of its scientific publications belong in the top 10 per cent of most frequently cited publications.

Recently, the University of Ottawa placed fourth in the country in science and engineering research in the Measuring Academic Research in Canada: Field-Normalized Academic Rankings 2012. While most Canadian institutions lost ground, the University of Ottawa gained 14 spots in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Since 2001, the University of Ottawa has placed among the top ten research-intensive universities in Canada in the Research Universities of the Year report issued by Research Infosource.

The University of Ottawa is committed to research excellence and promotes an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation, which attracts the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world. The University is an important stakeholder in the National Capital Region's economic development.


Néomie Duval
International Media Relations Officer
University of Ottawa
Office: 613-562-5800 (2981)
Cell.: 613-863-7221

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