Montréal, Canada’s hub for higher education

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the QS World University Rankings—and the 2014/15 edition gives the Montréal academic community plenty of reasons to celebrate.

McGill University placed 21st this year (the same as in 2013), whereas Université de Montréal ranked 83rd (up 9 spots from last year). With two of its universities in the world’s top 100, Greater Montréal firmly holds its position as Canada’s hub for higher education. This achievement shows once again how strong and vibrant Montréal’s academic community is—both in Canada and abroad. In 2013, Montréal also topped the Sea Turtle Index list of cities offering the best overall return on investment for foreign undergraduate students.

The city’s reputation is no doubt one of its biggest draws for the over 20,000 international students in Greater Montréal’s 11 higher education institutions. And that’s a win-win for the entire region. Nowadays, Montréal’s economy is increasingly driven by high-tech and knowledge-based industries, which rely on skilled workers. That’s why having a large pool of university graduates is key to attracting and retaining international businesses and organizations that are looking to tap into top talent at a reasonable cost.

Greater Montréal’s game plan is to attract the best and brightest—and its universities are definitely the ace up its sleeve!

Philippe Valentine, Analyst
Economic Research Division



The 2014/15 QS World University Rankings compares universities across four areas of interest: research, teaching, employability and international outlook. These four key areas are assessed using six indicators, each of which is given a different percentage weighting based on its importance. The overall score for each university is then calculated as a percentage. The six indicators in decreasing order of importance are the following: academic reputation (40%), faculty/student ratio (20%), citations per faculty (20%), employer reputation (10%), international student ratio (5%), and international staff ratio (5%).

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