October 15, 2018 – Five Canadian universities have been named in the world’s top 100 in the latest version of the World University Rankings.
Toronto, British Columbia, McGill, McMaster and the University of Montreal have all been highly ranked by the prestigious Times Higher Education publication.
The British universities of Oxford and Cambridge came out on top of the 2019 rankings.
Top 5 Canadian Universities in World University Rankings
|Worldwide Rank||Name of Institution|
|21||University of Toronto|
|37||University of British Columbia|
|90||University of Montreal|
The University of Toronto was the top Canadian institution, coming 21st worldwide with an overall score of 84 per cent. It scored highly in Citations, Research and International Outlook, but not so well in Industry Income.
Next was British Columbia, finishing 37th overall with a score of 76 per cent. Strong areas included International Outlook and Citations.
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Montreal’s McGill was next for Canada, with a score of 73.7 per cent good enough for a joint-44th ranking. It also scored highly on International Outlook and Citations.
McMaster University, meanwhile, came in 77th with an overall score of 64.4 per cent. Strong points included Citations and Industry Income, for which it was the top-scoring Canadian university.
The University of Montreal placed 90th with an overall score of 63 per cent. Its strong areas were International Outlook, Citations and Industry Income.
How The Canadian Universities Performed
University of Toronto
University of British Columbia
University of Montreal
Ottawa Looks To Attract International Students
Ottawa recently announced that it will accept nearly a million new permanent residents over the next three years, and a significant chunk of those are expected to be international students who are graduates from Canadian universities.
The federal government sees them as blue chip new permanent residents: young people with a Canadian education, knowledge of the official languages, often with Canadian work experience and knowledge of how life works here. This puts them already on the pathway to integration, a crucial buzz word at IRCC.
Since coming to power in fall 2015, the Liberal government has attempted to make it easier for international students to gain permanent residence.
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At the federal level, the government has introduced points under Canada Express Entry. In November 2016, Comprehensive Ranking System points were added for three-year post secondary, master’s, professional degrees and doctorates (30 CRS points) and post-secondary diplomas lasting one or two years (15 CRS points). No points are awarded for a Canadian high school education or below. This gives many graduates the extra push they need to achieve a coveted Invitation to Apply.
The federal government and relevant provinces also promote the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which includes a category aimed at international graduates. It was introduced earlier in 2017 to try and reverse aging populations and shrinking labour markets in the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Provincial International Graduate Programs
In Quebec, the international graduate stream, which forms part of the Quebec Experience Program, is the only provincial program that offers permanent immigration to diploma and undergraduate degree holders, without a job offer.
The category imposes an advanced intermediate oral French requirement. Candidates must either complete their studies in French or pass a French language test to transition to Canadian permanent residence.
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The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program runs a similar program without the need for a job offer, but it is aimed at Master’s and PhD graduates. The education requirement, therefore, is much more onerous, and the candidate must have English or French at Canadian Benchmark Level 7 or higher. The Ontario Master’s and PhD streams are open periodically throughout the year.
International students can already qualify to work in Canada after graduation by applying for a Post Graduate Work Permit. Here they can gain valuable Canadian work experience through a special work permit issued for the length of the study program, up to a maximum of three years. The work experience could then be used to qualify for permanent residence, through one of the above avenues.
Post Graduation Work Permit Requirements
- Studied full time in Canada in a program of at least 8 months duration.
- Graduated from a public post-secondary institution, a private post-secondary institution, or a private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees.
- Submit an application for a work permit within 90 days after receiving written confirmation of completing a study program.
- Received notification of eligibility to obtain a degree, diploma or certificate.
- Possess a valid Canada study permit.
Citizenship Made Easier
Recent changes to Canadian citizenship requirements are also beneficial to international students, allowing them to count their time spent in Canada while studying towards a citizenship application. Study permit holders can count a half day for each full day spent in Canada towards a citizenship application, up to a maximum of a year.
At the same time the overall physical presence requirement was reduced from four years in six to three years in five, allowing international students to become Canadian citizens just two years after becoming a permanent resident.
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