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McMaster Engineering climbs in Maclean's best university engineering programs rankingsOctober 6, 2019

The Faculty ranked 6th in Canada in magazine's annual higher education rankings, up one spot from last year.

McMaster Engineering continues to climb in Maclean's magazine's annual 'Canada's best university engineering programs' rankings, rising to 6th out of 20 ranked institutions.

The Faculty of Engineering has steadily gone up in the rankings, rising from 8th (2018) to 7th (2019) to 6th (2020). Engineering universities are assessed by the magazine based on program reputation, research reputation, publication and citation metrics.

"At McMaster Engineering, we believe in reviewing and benchmarking our success," said Ishwar K. Puri, McMaster's dean of engineering. "The recent Maclean's rankings is one indicator that we are on the right path with our innovative approach to engineering education and our laser-focus on research with impact. This is credit to the outstanding work of our departments and the support and vision provided by various units within the Faculty.” 

As well, McMaster University overall was ranked fourth in Canada, bolstered by a stronger national reputation, leading scores in student services, research funding and quality teaching and learning. 

It’s the second consecutive year the university has held the position, continuing to build on positive trends in recent rankings around the world.

Among Medical/Doctoral universities, McMaster is ranked first in student services, second in total research dollars and third in library acquisitions.

Maclean’s also includes a national reputational ranking. McMaster has climbed to the fifth position in that grouping, rising from sixth in 2018. 

McMaster joins University of Toronto, University of British Columbia and McGill in Canada’s top four. The university placed third behind the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo for most innovative, one of the reputation metrics.

“Rankings are one way we can track the university’s progress,” says Acting President David Farrar. “When you take a look at the most recent set of rankings results, McMaster continues to advance and has a strong global reputation for research and teaching excellence.”

Maclean’s provides rankings for individual program and academic areas. The DeGroote School of Business rose two spots nationally and is now ranked seventh. Computer Science rose to seventh in the country.

In September, McMaster was named one of the world’s top 75 universities climbing to 72nd position in the Times Higher Education rankings.

Earlier this year, Times Higher Education ranked McMaster as second in the world for its impact at home and globally.

In 2018, THE awarded the university its Global Teaching Excellence Award.

In the 2019 Academic Rankings of World Universities, McMaster was one of only four Canadian universities in the top 100.

For the past two years, McMaster has been named Canada’s most research-intensive university by Research InfoSource.

— with files from McMaster Daily News