UNB moves up two spots to fourth in Maclean's university rankings

The University of New Brunswick has placed fourth among Canada's 15 comprehensive universities in the latest edition of Maclean’s annual university rankings.  This is a two-step jump from last year's sixth place result.

"Everyone here has been working hard to meet the goals identified in our strategic plan," said Eddy Campbell, president of UNB. "UNB's teaching, research, and programs are world-class, and it’s certainly encouraging to be recognized for what we do. We'll continue, however, to be focused on achieving our broader objectives."

UNB increased its standing in a number of categories in Maclean's 2013 rankings.

For instance, with the establishment of the Dalhousie Medical Education program in Saint John and new partnerships formed with NBCC and the Saint John Regional Hospital, UNB's ranking in the Medical Science Grant category jumped six spots to seventh place from 13th last year. UNB also jumped from sixth to fourth place in total research dollars earned, increasing the amount of sponsored research funding per faculty member by over $20,000 to $113,753.

When compared to the complete national list of 49 Canadian universities, UNB also saw significant increases in the Most Innovative University and Leaders of Tomorrow categories.

UNB also experienced gains in categories related to international and pan-Canadian recruitment of students.  According to the 2013 rankings, UNB's proportion of graduate students from outside Canada has jumped nearly five per cent. UNB's recruitments efforts across the country have also resulted in a four per cent increase in the number of Canadian students from outside New Brunswick.

According to the 2013 rankings, UNB’s Libraries remain in top spot nationally in terms of the percentage of UNB's budget devoted to libraries and the Holdings Per Student category.

"There's lots to like about the Maclean's university issue, including tons of useful information for parents and students," explained Campbell. "While it is certainly gratifying to move up from sixth to fourth, let’s remember that the overall rankings are based on a subjective assignment of weights to various categories – change the weights and the results change."

UNB also moved up three spots in Maclean's Best Overall category nationally.