Office of the President

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President


Rockin' the rankings...cautiously

June 11, 2012

Let me start by saying I'm reluctant to attach too much significance to university rankings given their selective criteria and varied methodologies. But it's hard not to take some small satisfaction from the recent reports of two leading international ratings.
Both Times Higher Education (THE) and QS last month released new world ratings of universities under 50 years of age. 

The significance of these ratings is that they account for the inherent disadvantages faced by newer universities when ranked against older institutions that have had longer to build their infrastructure, programs and endowments. 

The result is a fairer, apples-to-apples comparison of how SFU is doing compared to universities of the same vintage around the world.
And, to the extent they show anything, the ratings suggest we are doing remarkably well. 

In the THE 100 Under 50 ranking, SFU places 30th in the world,  seventh in North America, and second in Canada (see PDF). 

According to the QS Top 50 Under 50 ranking, SFU places 25th in the world, third in North America and second in Canada.
In other words, when compared against peer institutions, SFU distinguishes itself as a national and international leader. 

The rankings offer further evidence, if any is needed, of the commitment and success of those who built this university over the years, as well as of the continuing talents, skills and commitment of our current faculty, staff and students.
All of which provides something positive to reflect upon as we enter Convocation week. And, if you are looking for more positive evidence of what makes SFU a special university, I encourage you to check out this video from our recent Open House!

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