UofT first in Canada in international rankings for research

    TORONTO, July 30 /CNW/ - The University of Toronto has been recognized as
the top Canadian university - placing 11th overall - in a prestigious ranking
that measures the performance of scientific papers for world universities.
    The ranking, compiled by the Higher Education Evaluation and
Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT), measures the productivity, impact
and excellence of published scientific papers. Five hundred universities
around the world are evaluated annually.
    UofT finished 14th in the rankings last year and 12th in 2007, the
inaugural year of HEEACT.
    Harvard was the top university in this year's rankings, followed by Johns
Hopkins University and Stanford University.
    "While these rankings are relatively new, they are an important and
methodologically robust measure of the quantity and quality of research
performed by universities around the world," said Professor Paul Young, Vice
President Research for the University of Toronto. "We're thrilled that the
work of UofT's researchers has been recognized as being among the best in the
    HEEACT is the main institution authorized by the Taiwanese government to
conduct university evaluation in Taiwan. Its performance measures are composed
of eight indicators in three areas:

    -  The relevance of the university's research, as measured by the number
       of articles that are published in peer-reviewed journals over a period
       of time;
    -  The impact of a university's research, as measured by the number of
       citations of a published article in a specified timeframe; and
    -  The excellence of a university's research, as measured by the number
       of highly-cited articles and the number of articles published in high-
       impact journals over a period of time.

    The rankings also provide a breakdown by scientific field in six
categories. UofT ranked sixth in clinical medicine, 14th in life sciences,
16th in social sciences, 24th overall in agriculture, 26th in engineering and
34th in natural sciences. UofT was the top-ranked Canadian university in all
of these fields except for agriculture.
    "The tremendous dedication of our faculty members, both on campus and at
our affiliated hospitals, is reflected in these results," said Catharine
Whiteside, Dean of the U of T Faculty of Medicine. "We are very proud of their
achievements, and honored by this recognition from the global academic
    For complete results of the rankings, visit:

For further information:

For further information: Laurie Stephens, University of Toronto, (416)
978-2105 or (416) 978-0100

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