U of T sport-related subjects place 5th in 2019 QS World University subject rankings


This year’s QS World University subject rankings revealed the University of Toronto remains the highest-ranked university in Canada in five broad subject areas. U of T placed in the top ten globally in six QS subjects: library and information management (3rd), pharmacy and pharmacology (4th), sports-related subjects, including sports and exercise sciences, kinesiology and physical education (5th), education (7th), nursing (7th) and anatomy and physiology (8th).

“I feel great pride in seeing subjects integral to our faculty ranked so highly. This is a sign of increased public awareness about our discipline in general, but also a global recognition of the academic field of kinesiology,” said Ira Jacobs, professor and dean at U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

“I have no doubt that our integrated faculty with mandates for both academic programs, as well as sports and athletics, has been a significant factor in facilitating the demonstration of our teaching, research and experiential education excellence,” he said. 

QS World University subject rankings use academic and employer review surveys to measure an institution's reputation by subject. They refer to Scopus, an abstract and citation database, to compile information about faculty members' impact and productivity. All data comes from third-party sources, not from the institutions themselves.

U of T ranked first in Canada in 30 of the 45 subject areas in which it was ranked, tying for first with another Canadian university in one subject. It was also one of a handful of universities that ranked in the top 25 for 34 subjects. Only six other universities ranked in the top 25 in more subjects. They are: University of California, Berkeley, University of Cambridge, Harvard University, University of Oxford, Stanford University and University of California, Los Angeles.

“These rankings very clearly place our faculty and U of T in general as one of the best places in the world to pursue an education and career in research and I’m already looking forward to more excellent students, faculty and staff joining our ranks,” said Jacobs.