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OISE/UofT tops QS University World Rankings for Education among public institutions


In the latest (2014) QS University World Rankings, released Thursday, the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) has been ranked number one for education among public institutions in North America, and fifth in the world. When comparing both public and private institutions, OISE/UofT was ranked number nine overall.

"I am thrilled that our faculty and staff have once again been recognized around the world for their contribution to education and research. OISE is a leader in building new knowledge in education and mobilizing that knowledge to face our society’s challenges," said Professor Julia O'Sullivan, Dean of OISE.

The QS rankings are based on global surveys and rate faculties of education on academic reputation, citations, and faculty-student ratio, among other criteria. OISE is Canada’s largest and most research-intensive public faculty of education, and one of the largest public education institutes in North America. These results show that OISE – standing on the shoulders of one of the world’s great universities – continues to shape how the world thinks of and goes about education.

“This is great news for OISE. We are very proud of our status as a world-renowned faculty within the University of Toronto," remarked Professor Jeanne Watson, Associate Dean, Programs.

The QS University World Rankings are published annually and, in addition to individual subjects, also look at universities overall, both public and private. Among the Canadian institutions that made the global top 20, the University of Toronto took honours in nine of 11 subject disciplines: education (OISE) - #9; English language & literature - #13; medicine - #14; modern languages - #14; philosophy - #15; pharmacy and pharmacology - #16; psychology - #18; history - #19; and computer science and information systems - #19. 

“I am pleased to see OISE faculty recognized again for our significant role in education research and knowledge mobilization. These results show that OISE is Canada’s brain trust in education," added Professor Karen Mundy, Associate Dean, Research, International and Innovation.