U of C nears top of list for research institutions

By Ryan Pike

The results are in and the University of Calgary is the 148th best research organization in the world.

The U of C came in 148th out of 2,000 ranked organizations according to the 2009 SCImago Institutions Rankings World Report, published by the SCImago Research Group.

Harvard University and Tokyo Daigaku were the leading universities. Amongst Canadian schools, the U of C placed sixth — behind the University of Toronto, 12th; University of British Columbia, 37th; McGill University, 61st; University of Alberta, 65th; and McMaster University, 110th. The University of Lethbridge was listed in 1,424th place. The University of Winnipeg was the lowest-ranked Canadian school at 1,960.

The SCImago Institutions Rankings are designed to analyze the quality, frequency and output of each institution’s research to assist organizations in assessing their performance. Organizational rankings are based upon research output, levels of collaboration, number of citations received of that organization’s research and the importance of the journals publishing their research. Rankings were based upon research output from 2003 to 2007.

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