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Our Place Among the World’s Best

World university rankings recognize the University of British Columbia for its excellence in teaching and research as well as its global impact: a place where people shape a better world.


The most established and influential global rankings all consistently place UBC in the top five per cent of universities in the world.

Universities are judged across multiple performance areas, including research productivity, excellence in teaching, international collaborations, collaboration with businesses and the public sector, and academic and employer reputation.

THE 2020 ARWU 2019 QS 2020
World Ranking 34th 35th 51st
Canada Ranking 2nd 2nd 3rd
North America Public Institutions Ranking 7th 10th 7th
World Public Institutions Ranking 19th 20th 32nd

*(THE) Times Higher Education, (ARWU) Academic Ranking of World Universities, (QS) QS World University Rankings

UBC stands out among the top universities in the world for making a global impact.


The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings assess universities’ social and economic contributions through their success in delivering on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs address global challenges related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity and peace and justice. UBC is the only institution to rank number one globally for two different SDGs: Climate Action and Life Below Water.

For 2020, UBC ranks first in Canada overall and seventh globally out of more than 850 participating institutions from 89 countries, based on its contributions through research, outreach and stewardship.


1st in Climate Action

UBC ranks number one in the world for taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. UBC’s research on climate change, use of energy and preparations for dealing with consequences of climate change is world leading.


1st in Life Below Water

UBC ranks first in the world for generating new knowledge and informing solutions that can help to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. More than three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity.


3rd in Life On Land

UBC is tied for third place globally and ranks number one in Canada for this SDG. It recognizes UBC’s contribution to sustainably managing forests, combating desertification, halting and reversing land degradation and halting biodiversity loss. Good stewardship is vital to maintaining fragile habitats and ecosystems.

Responsible Consumption and Production

1st in Canada for Responsible Consumption and Production

UBC tops the rankings in Canada for its role in promoting resource efficiency, including ethical sourcing and minimizing the use of plastics and disposable items.

Affordable and Clean Energy

1st in Canada for Affordable and Clean Energy

UBC ranks number one in Canada for its work around ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.