Wednesday, September 08, 2010

McGill ranks 19th in the world

My Alma Mater is ranked 19th in the world on this survey. That is pretty good, but it is down over the last few years. It is still the top ranked university in Canada.
I agree with our Principal Heather Munroe-Blum that university tuition rates should be increased. Quebec tuition rates are the lowest in Canada by far. McGill is seriously underfunded. Fortunately it's alumni are very generous.
It only makes sense to let university students bear the cost of their own education. Loans and bursaries are already provided to poorer students. Quebec cannot afford to continue these very low rates of tuition paid for by the people of Alberta ( where the tuition is much higher).
McGill University has slipped a notch in the latest international rankings of world universities, but that’s still good enough to claim to be the top-rated school in Canada.

Yet McGill principal Heather Munroe-Blum cautions that the quality and diversity of McGill and other Quebec universities are at risk unless the provincial government is prepared to make a major reinvestment to bring research funding in line with what’s available elsewhere.

The QS World University Rankings for 2010, made public last night, put McGill in the 19th spot out of 500 post-secondary institutions around the globe.

McGill, which place 18th last year, is the only Canadian university to crack the top 25 universities, a list traditionally dominated by schools in Britain and the United States.

This marks the seventh year in a row that McGill has placed in the elite top quarter, although it has dropped back from its best showing in 2007, when it was ranked 12th overall...


kjanicki said...

In my freshman year, 1987, my tuition at McGill was $900.

Roy Eappen said...

Tuitions is now around $2000

Brian Busby said...

I admire Heather (not Helen) Munroe-Blum (not Munroe Blum) and credit her for McGill's relatively stable position in the rankings. What concerns me is the dramatic decline of our other universities: the University of Alberta dropping 19 spots to 79th, Université de Montréal loosing 29 positions to come 136th, and University of Calgary dropping 16 places to 165th spot. Then we gave Simon Fraser, which has descended to such a point that it has fallen out of the top 200. In short, every one of our country's universities has gone down in terms of world ranking. One wonders what is going on.

As one who benefitted from relatively low tuition in the 'eighties (though not nearly as low as my what my parents enjoyed in the 'sixties). I can't agree that increasing fees is the answer to this problem.

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