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University of Alberta Rankings 2020: Global Rankings, National Rankings, Subject-Specific Rankings

Vaishnavi Agrawal Vaishnavi Agrawal
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The University of Alberta has performed consistently well on international rankings over five years. U Alberta is one of the top 150 universities in the world. The university is connected with 400 teaching and research partners in 50 countries, pushing away the boundaries of research knowledge of most Canadian universities. Home to some of the world’s most advanced research facilities, such as Canada’s National Institute for Nanotechnology and the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, the university attracts the best and brightest minds from around the globe.

The researchers at Alberta have achieved finesse in proving hypotheses related to alternative energy resources, health & life sciences, and artificial intelligence.

University of Alberta Ranking In The World

University of Alberta is fairly recognized world-wide. Following are the 2020 rankings of UAlberta by some renowned ranking agencies:

World University Rankings, 2020Rank
Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)#89
QS Rankings#113
Times Higher Education#136

1. Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Falling 4 positions from 2019 World University Rankings, University of Alberta ranks at 136th position in the 2020th edition of World University Rankings by THE. The overall score for the University of Alberta after the analysis in the year 2020 is 58.20.

University of Alberta vs University of Toronto

The percentage of international student enrollment at U Alberta (26%) is higher than the University of Toronto (21%)

Given below is the parameter-wise comparison of the two universities-

Score BreakdownUniversity of Alberta University of Toronto
Industry Income60.550.5
International Outlook87.584.7

Alberta, when compared with the highest-ranked Canadian university- U of T - shows exceptional performance in:

  • Its ability to attract students and faculty from all over the world
  • Helping commercial marketplaces and industries with innovations & inventions
  • Consultancy
  • Knowledge transfer
U Alberta World university Ranking

2. QS World University Rankings 2020

The University of Alberta is ranked #113 by the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

QS Rankings is believed to have adopted a consistent method in its analysis of world universities. Their framework is compiled of six metrics that effectively outline a university’s performance.

Metric PointsWeightScore
Academic Reputation 40%58.0
Employer Reputation 10%41.4
Faculty/Student Ratio20%57.0
Citations Per Faculty20%48.8
International Faculty Ratio5%91.6
International Student Ratio 5%80.8

The University of Alberta has been granted an overall score of 57.3 by QS World University Ranking.

QS world univeristy Ranking

3. QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2020

It is ranked #87 in the world for Graduate Employability by QS Employability Ranking 2020 and is known for having a fairly good partnership with its recruiters.

Their ranking criteria is very thorough and based on the university’s reputation with the employers.

Ranking CriteriaScores
Overall Score60.1
Employer Reputation 43.3
Alumni Outcomes45
Partnerships with Employers 83.5
Employer-Student Connections 57.3
Graduate Employment Rate81.6

This ranking reveals the top recruiter’s opinion on which university best prepares its graduates for the workplace.

4. Center for World University Rankings, 2020

The Center for World University Rankings, also known as the CWUR Ranking is based on the indicators that compare the performance of universities on the quality of education & training, the prestige of the faculty members, and research activities submitted to the university.

The University of Alberta is ranked 89th in the CWUR rankings 2020 with an overall score of 82.30.

CWUR ranks the world's universities based on four indicative ranks:

Overall Rank89
Quality of Education Rank404
Alumni Employment Rank387
Quality of Faculty Rank110
Research Performance Rank75

The CWUR rankings do not rely on surveys and university data submission.

The University of Alberta National Ranking

The University of Alberta is ranked #4 in Canada by QS World University Rankings 2020 and #6 by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

Jumping one position higher from the 2019 Graduate Employability Rankings, Alberta now stands on the 3rd position in producing most employable graduates in Canada. This can be attributed to exceptional student satisfaction, graduate employability, and a good reputation among employers from the top companies.

Alberta boasts having one of the best graduate employment rates in the country. Its career counseling center offers brilliant mentoring, internships and work-study options in Canada.


The University of Alberta stands 6th among the top reputed schools in Canada. Colleges in this category are ranked based on a survey conducted by Maclean’s asking the views of university faculty & senior administrators, high school guidance counselors, and the recruiters from top companies on the quality of education delivered at Canadian universities.

Maclean’s 2020 university rankings mention the University of Alberta as 6th for being the most innovative university in the country and 5th in Canada for producing leaders of tomorrow.

Alberta also ranks in the top 5 Medical Doctoral universities in Canada. U of A is ranked 5th in this category, with 1st being the McGill University. Universities in this category have a broad range of research opportunities and Ph.D. programs in their medical schools.

Subject -Specific Rankings

Paleontology, Forestry, Geology, and sports-related programs are ranked within the top 100 worldwide and top 10 in Canada. U of Alberta’s faculty has earned 41 3M teaching awards, more than any other university in Canada. Its faculty includes some world-famous dinosaur experts.

The institute is also honored as one of the top Engineering Universities in Canada.

Below are the programs offered at Alberta recognized in the top ten by the ranking agencies:

UAlberta ProgramGlobal RankRanking Body
Petroleum Engineering#5CWUR
Sports-related#9QS Rankings

The Alberta School of Business has distinguished itself in achieving higher ranks for Business Programs in Canada. UAlberta is ranked 3rd for its Business School and offering the best Business & Economics-related programs in Canada by Times Higher Education, QS, and Maclean’s rankings 2020.

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