Times Higher Education ranks Lakehead University among world’s top universities

September 13, 2019 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University has been included in the top half of the Times Higher Education’s list of top universities from around the world.

The 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings has Lakehead University in the 601-800 category out of nearly 1,400 universities from 92 countries.

“This is a significant achievement for Lakehead University,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “While helping acknowledge and promote Lakehead’s status among the world’s top universities, these rankings acknowledge our University’s ongoing drive and commitment to delivering high quality programs, fostering excellence in research, scholarly and creative work, and providing a unique and transformative learning experience that positions our graduates for success.”

Lakehead University is in the same section of the rankings as other, larger Canadian universities, such as Concordia, Québec, Regina, Sherbrooke, Ryerson and Windsor. This is the first time Lakehead University has participated in the rankings. Not all universities that take part in the rankings are ranked.

Lakehead University’s placement is above the worldwide median in three of the five categories: Research, Citations, and International Outlook.

“Our strong global performance in the Research category reflects Lakehead’s advancement in research and continued recognition as the number one research university in Canada in the primarily undergraduate category, a designation we have been awarded for four consecutive years,” said Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

In terms of Lakehead’s position in the International Outlook category, James Aldridge, Vice-Provost, International, explained that, “This is a testament to the efforts we’ve made to develop global perspectives through ongoing internationalization of Lakehead University, as well as the growth of our international student body.”

“In 2019, Lakehead is the university of choice for over 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 75 countries,” added Aldridge.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings judges research-intensive universities across each one of their core missions: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation), international outlook (staff, students and research); citations (research influence); industry income (knowledge transfer).

It uses 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, and all data is independently audited by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), making the World University Rankings the only global university rankings to be subjected to full, independent scrutiny of this nature.


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Lakehead University has approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. In 2018, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the fourth consecutive year, and Maclean’s 2019 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities and found that students ranked Lakehead University as one of the top 10 universities in Canada and top three universities in Ontario that prepare them for employment. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.