ChemE places among global top 30 in chemical engineering in QS World University Rankings 2021

The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry remains Canada’s top-ranked chemical engineering program and maintains its spot in the global top 30, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2021. Overall, the Department ranks 26th globally, marking an increase from last year’s ranking of 27th.

Additionally, the rankings placed U of T Engineering 18th globally in the category of Engineering & Technology. This marks an increase from last year’s position of 22nd and the fourth consecutive year where the institution improved its ranking. Among North American public universities, our closest competitors, U of T Engineering now ranks 3rd. 

 “Our rankings and reputation are a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our community: faculty, staff, students, alumni and partners,” said Dean Chris Yip. “From the world-leading impact of our research to the richness of our student experience — including opportunities to develop leadership and global perspectives — we can all be proud of everything we do to shape the next generation of engineering talent. 

In terms of overall institution-level rankings, U of T placed 25th in the world. It also placed first in Canada in 30 out of the 48 specific subjects on which it was measured, and in the global top 10 internationally in areas ranging from education (third) to anatomy and physiology (sixth). 

 “This latest international subject ranking reflects the University of Toronto’s strength across a wide array of disciplines, from the humanities and social sciences to medicine and engineering,” said U of T President Meric Gertler. 

“It is also a testament to our unyielding commitment to research, innovation and academic excellence.” 

 Quacquarelli Symonds evaluates universities by looking at five broad fields  Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences & Management  and 51 specific subjects. The results are based on four measures: academic survey results, employer review survey results, citations per faculty and an index that attempts to measure both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar.


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