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University of Toronto edges out Cornell as world's 16th most reputable university

(Ryan Tir/wikimedia)

(Ryan Tir/wikimedia)

The University of Toronto has maintained its place on the Times Higher Education world reputation rankings for universities, claiming a spot it previously shared with Cornell as its own. U of T and Cornell shared the 16th last year, but now Toronto has edged the Ivy-leaguer into 17th place and remains among the Top 20 for the third year in a row.

The reputation rankings list is an offshoot of THE’s annual World University Rankings list, which looks at the four factors of teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook to place universities in order of their performance.

The main rankings list uses “carefully calibrated performance indicators” to determine where each institution is placed, and puts U of T at 21st place. But instead of “performance indicators,” U of T’s 16th-place reputation ranking is based on the “subjective judgment,” or opinions of published academics occupying senior positions at their places of research.

The reputation rankings list is topped by Harvard University, followed by MIT and the University of Cambridge, while the California Institute of Technology, University of Oxford, and Stanford University are the top three schools in THE’s own global rankings.

McGill and the University of British Columbia tied for 31st.