Times Higher Education ranked the University of Toronto as Canada's leading university in the 2015-2016 academic year. The University of British Columbia followed in second place. The University of Alberta is the most influential academic in Canada and has many accolades to its name. McGill is the only English University in the country and has incredibly generous scholarships which are twice as hard to get. Alumni or Alberta itself contributed to the formation of the University of British Columbia which is a top-notch academic institution in Canada. The University of Montreal was founded under the approval of a pope before turning secular in the latter years.
5. University of Alberta -
The University of Alberta is one of the top-rated universities in the country of Canada. Alexander Cameron Rutherford Chartered it in 1906 and founded the institution in 1908 with Henry Marshall Tory as its first president. It was constructed using the American state universities as a model, placing emphasis on applied research and extensive works. Alberta has approximately 39,300 students from Canada and other 150 countries around the world. It has eighteen faculties and over 400 programs. The University leads Canadian Universities in the 3M Teaching Fellowships, which it has won 41 times since 1986. The University has graduated more than 260,000 alumni, most notably including the Governor General Roland Michener, Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, and Richard E. Taylor, who became a Nobel Laureate.
4. University of Montreal -
The University of Montreal, located in Montreal, Quebec, is a public research institution. It has 13 faculties and over 60 departments. The university is affiliated with Ecole Polytechnique and HEC Montreal. There are over 650 programs 71 of which are doctorate courses. The institution enrolls over 55,000 students in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and this enrollment is the second highest level in Canada. By 2011, the University of Montreal had about $524.1 million allocated to research-based programs conducted in around 150 facilities. The University started in 1878 as a branch of the Universite Laval, Quebec. The Montreal Prelate advocated for an independent system in the city. In 1889, the Vatican afforded the University some form of administrative autonomy which allowed the institution to elect its professors to license its diploma programs. In 1919, Pope Benedict XV granted the University a full charter which made an independent Catholic university. Prominent graduates from the institution have included the founder and CEO of Telemedia, Phillippe de Gaspe Beaubien, the former president of Quebecor, and the Chair of the United Technologies Corporation.
3. McGill University -
McGill University was established by a royal charter set forth by King George IV of Great Britain in 1821. It is an English-language academic institution bearing the name of a prominent Montreal Merchant, James McGill, who in 1813 had formed the university’s priority. The main campus is in Downtown Montreal, and the other is 30 km west of the main branch. The institution is part of the Association of American Universities, the only Canadian University in the World Economic Forum, which has the top-most 26 world universities. McGill has 300 programs and has the highest admission grade in Canada. It also offers highly competitive but generous scholarships, which are the most difficult to attain in the country. In 2016, McGill enrolled 6,467 and accepted 3,486 applicants out of the 33,460 total applications it received. Notable alumni from McGill University are 12 Nobel Laureates, 142 Rhodes Scholars, and three Canadian Prime Ministers. The institution and its alumni have also helped to form other universities as well, such as the University of British Columbia in Canada and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the United States.
2. University of British Columbia -
The University of British Columbia dates back to 1908 when it was a constituent college of McGill University. In 1915, the university attained full autonomy and independence where it adopted its current name. It has more than 60,000 students with most students enrolling in the faculties of Art, Science, Applied Sciences, Medicine, and the great Sauder School of Business. It has the most rigorous admission standards in the country. The University is a leading facility in research programs in Canada. As of 2014, the school’s annual research budget of around $600 million USD which funds around 8,442 projects. Faculty alumni have received seven Nobel Prizes, 65 Olympic medals, and 69 Rhodes Scholarships among others. Justin Trudeau is also an alumnus. The University offers several scholarships which sponsor students from war-torn countries and global scholars. The main campus is located in Point Grey in Downtown Vancouver, and another campus is found in Okanagan. In the 2014-2015 academic year, the university enrolled 8,031 students. The undergraduate entrance grade is 89.6%, second only to McGill’s 90.3%.
1. University of Toronto -
The University of Toronto is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is one of the most prestigious universities in both Canada and the world as a whole. Founded in 1827 by a royal charter, it began as a Kings College, the only institution of its kind in what was then Upper Canada. The Church of England controlled the facility until in 1850 when it finally became a secular institution. The university is famous for its powerful movements such as the literal criticism. Insulin and stem cell research originated from this institution so was the first practical use of the electron microscope. Out of its many alumni are William Mackenzie, the longest serving Canadian Prime Minister and Frederick Banting who was the first person to give humans insulin. This year Times Higher Education World ranked the institution number 1 in Canada and number 22 globally. The University offers 700 programs of study to the 86,709 students currently enrolled there. The University of Toronto has graduated close to 552,000 alumni. The university also contributes an estimated $15.7 billion to the Canadian economy.