Simon Fraser University (SFU) is ranked as Canada's top university for innovation. As a leading research university with global impact, SFU consistently places among the top 15 universities in Canada by major global ranking systems.
Research at SFU spans eight faculties, covering a broad range of fundamental, interdisciplinary and applied research topics, as outlined in our Strategic Research Plan. On average, SFU researchers publish 2,700 journal articles per year, over 40% of which appear in the world's top 10% journals (Source: Scopus).
The World University Rankings for Innovation (WURI) 2023 ranks SFU as:
- #1 Canadian university for entrepreneurial spirit (ranked 2nd worldwide)
- #1 innovative university in Canada, and the only Canadian university to rank in the top 100 worldwide
- #1 Canadian university for industrial application.
The 2023 Times Higher Education's Impact Rankings—which measure universities’ strengths in advancing the United Nations’ sustainable development goals—rank SFU as the world's top university for global impact on sustainable cities and communities, and 5th in the world for climate action.
As an early adopter of the impact rankings, SFU has
been recognized over the past three years as a global leader
in: Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11); Climate
Action (SDG 13); and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Learn more at sfu.ca/sdgs
The 2024 QS World University Rankings positioned SFU within the top 320 in the world, maintaining our rank as 13th in Canada. In addition, we are within the top 5 in Canada for international students and faculty. We are within Canada's top 15 for citations per faculty.
Community-Centred ClImate Innovation
Community-centred Climate Innovation is a critical research priority at SFU focused on engaging our researchers with all levels of government, industry and community members.
SFU International (SFUi) is the university's hub of international relationships, knowledge and resources to mobilize the global reach of SFU’s teaching, research and community engagement.
SFU's Partnerships Hub advances SFU’s vision of Canada’s engaged university by facilitating and supporting external partnerships. We help connect you to the right expertise and resources at the university to build and grow impactful relationships.
B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation
The B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation powers British Columbia's agritech businesses to grow the economy and feed the world by accelerating research and development of new food production and processing technologies.