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

September 16, 2021 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

For the third year in a row, Lakehead University has been included in the top half of the Times Higher Education’s list of the best universities from around the world.

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022 has Lakehead University in the 801-1,000 category out of more than 1,600 universities from 99 countries.

Over 2,100 universities participated in the world rankings this year, with more than 1,660 universities meeting the requirements to be included in the final rankings. This is the third year that Lakehead University has participated in the World University Rankings.

In this year’s rankings, Lakehead ranked second among Canada’s primarily undergraduate universities and second among Ontario’s primarily undergraduate universities. Lakehead University also ranked in the same bracket as a number of Canadian universities, and ranked above the worldwide median in the areas of research and international outlook.

“Research excellence is an important component of the THE ranking system,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation. “Lakehead University performs very well in this category and we continue to be above the international median in the quality and impact of our research.”

In terms of Lakehead’s position in the area of international outlook, James Aldridge, Vice-Provost, International, said this ranking recognizes the efforts Lakehead has made toward internationalization of the University.

“This work was done by developing global perspectives through student mobility programs, through promoting cultural intelligence inside and outside the classroom, and by continuing to grow and develop international collaborations, partnerships and our international student population,” Aldridge said. “In 2021, Lakehead was the university of choice for over 1,300 international undergraduate and graduate students from more than 70 countries.”

In addition to the world rankings, THE also releases a series of comparative subject rankings throughout the fall. In the first release of the 2022 World University Rankings by Subject, Lakehead was ranked in the top third of universities around the world in the discipline of Physical Sciences, which includes mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, and environmental and earth sciences. Lakehead was also identified as one of the leading universities in the world in the disciplines of Life Sciences (agriculture and forestry, biological science and sports science) and Clinical and Health, and the top ranked Canadian university in these disciplines with less than 10,000 students.

Other subject rankings to be announced later this year include engineering, computer science, social sciences, business and economics, education, arts and humanities, and law.

“Thank you to everyone who helped Lakehead University achieve a strong ranking among Times Higher Education’s list of top universities from around the globe,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, President and Vice-Chancellor.

“This ranking acknowledges Lakehead’s commitment to delivering high quality programs, fostering excellence in research and scholarly work, and providing unique and transformative learning experiences that put our graduates on the path to success,” McPherson added.

The World University Rankings measure research-intensive universities performance across their core missions: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume and reputation); citations (research influence); industry income (knowledge transfer); and international outlook (staff, students and research).

It uses 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons.

For a breakdown of Lakehead University’s rankings, visit www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/lakehead-university.

For the full rankings, visit the Times Higher Education World University Rankings at www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings.


Media: For further information or to arrange an interview, contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications & Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8372 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2020 World Universities Rankings for the second consecutive year, and 99th among 1,115 universities from around the world in THE's 2021 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University ranked 801-1000 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022