The University of Guelph continues to gain global esteem as one of the best comprehensive universities in the world, placing in the top 500 in a new global ranking.  

U of G placed in the 401-500 rank of the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings, released today. The rankings are among the largest in the world and assess more than 1,900 universities across 108 countries. 

U of G succeeded in increasing its score in all five categories of the rankings, including research quality, research environment and industry influence. 

“It is wonderful to see the University of Guelph recognized in this prestigious ranking as one of the world’s great comprehensive universities,” said U of G president Dr. Charlotte Yates.   

“This ranking is recognition of our University’s transformative research and teaching that traverses all boundaries in the drive to Improve Life. Thanks, and congratulations to our excellent faculty and their teams.” 

A total of 18 performance indicators were used to measure achievement across five areas: teaching; research environment; research quality; international outlook; and industry. 

U of G’s score was strengthened largely by the University’s excellence in research quality, which assesses a university’s role in spreading new knowledge and ideas. The University achieved high scores for research published and cited in highly influential publications, that other scholars built upon and shared globally.  

The University also scored in the top 300 universities in the world in the industry area of the rankings, which assesses the ability of institutions to provide industry with innovations, inventions and consultancy. 

U of G increased its score significantly in this category in large part due to the high number of industry patents that cite U of G research. 

In addition to the high score in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, U of G has also consistently scored high in THE Impact Rankings, which assessed the success of more than 1,500 universities worldwide toward meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

In 2023, U of G placed 16th worldwide in the global ranking, scoring particularly high in its world and local communities and research toward the SDG goals of No Poverty, Zero Hunger and Clean Water and Sanitation. 

Overall, U of G continues to be recognized annually as one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities by various ranking organizations as well as our own U of G students.