On the Rise: uOttawa makes the top 200 in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017

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The University of Ottawa is one of Canada’s top eight universities and one of the top three in Ontario, according to the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking.

This recently released scorecard places uOttawa within the range of the top 151-200 academic institutions in the world. Last year, uOttawa ranked among the top 201-300 universities worldwide.

This year’s rankings show that uOttawa has improved in four of the six indicators measured by the ARWU. The most notable rise occurred in the indicator corresponding to the number of highly cited authors, where uOttawa rose 69 spots, from 209 to 140. Great improvements were also made in indicators reflecting the total number of papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and in the Social Science Citation Index, as well as the indicator for the total number of papers published in Nature and Science. The University rose in the rankings for these indicators by seven positions and five positions, respectively. The institution’s position remained unchanged in the indicator for the number of faculty members awarded a scientific or economic Nobel Prize or a Fields Medal, or in the indicator related to the number of alumni having received these same illustrious awards.

Created in 2003, the ARWU evaluates over 1300 postsecondary institutions to select the top 500 universities in the world.

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