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UBC’s Institutional Rankings

World university rankings recognize the University of British Columbia for its excellence in teaching and research as well as its global impact: a place where people shape a better world.


The most established and influential global rankings all consistently place UBC in the top five per cent of universities in the world.

Universities are judged across multiple performance areas, including research productivity, excellence in teaching, international collaborations, collaboration with businesses and the public sector, and academic and employer reputation.

THE 2022 ARWU 2021 QS 2022
World Ranking 37th 42nd 46th
Canada Ranking 2nd 2nd 3rd
North America Public Institutions Ranking 7th 12th 6th

*(THE) Times Higher Education World University Rankings, (ARWU) Shanghai Ranking Academic Ranking of World Universities, (QS) QS World University Rankings

UBC continues to stand out among the world’s top universities for making a global impact


The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings assess universities’ social and economic contributions through their success in delivering on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs address global challenges related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity and peace and justice.

For 2021, UBC ranks second in Canada overall and 13th globally out of more than 1,115 participating institutions from 94 countries, based on its contributions through research, outreach and stewardship.

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

1st in Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

UBC ties for first in the world for industry and innovation impact. This encompasses the university’s patents, 233 companies spun off from UBC research, and research income from industry. Connections between universities and industry are critical to bring inventions and solutions life.

Climate Action

3rd in Climate Action

UBC ranks third in the world for taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, which includes UBC’s early commitment to carbon neutrality and ongoing extensive response to the climate emergency.

Sustainable Cities and Communities

5th in Sustainable Cities & Communities

UBC tops the rankings in Canada for its research on and institutional approaches to sustainability. This includes sustainable land use and providing for mixed-use, accessible communities, as well as diverse arts and cultural facilities.

Life Below Water

5th in Life Below Water

UBC ranks fifth globally, in recognition of the work by university researchers and educators to study and monitor aquatic species and environments at risk, promote environmental stewardship for the oceans and find solutions to pollution.

Responsible Consumption and Production

6th in Responsible Consumption & Production

UBC tops the rankings in Canada in recognition of its aggressive, zero-waste action plan, zero-waste foodware strategy, sustainable procurement, and recycling program — all of which works toward diverting waste from landfills.

Life on Land

7th in Life on Land

UBC ranks seventh overall and first in Canada for sustainable land management, support for threatened species, and commitment to local biodiversity.