How Do We Rank?

The Academic Ranking of World Universities report for 2009 has just been published. Only 4 Canadian institutions made the top 100 list as follows:

I’m not sure how much weight to put on this list. A few questions come to mind such as, “The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology beats out the U of T?” And another, “University of Minnesota – Twin Cities beats out UBC?” Have you been there???  And then sometimes you have to question the rankings overall, for example, giving McGill University 65th place is almost laughable. Come on folks! McGill, U of T, and UBC are about a whisker apart in quality, and they are world leaders in business and medicine, among other things.

The more I look at this list the less I care about it.

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