The Top 10 Best Universities in Canada

What are the best schools in the land of ice hockey and the maple leaf? Here are the top 10 best universities in science and engineering in Canada as ranked by the Higher Education Strategy Associat

What are the best schools in the land of ice hockey and the maple leaf? Here are

the top 10 best universities in science and engineering in Canada as ranked by the

Higher Education Strategy Associates.

10 McMaster University

McMaster University is a public research university based in Hamilton in Ontario. It

was founded in 1881 as the Toronto Baptist College. William McMaster, a Senator

who was also the first President of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, then donated

funds to endow the university. In 1887, Toronto Baptist College merged with

Woodstock College. This was given Royal assent and the school was subsequently

named McMaster. It moved to Hamilton in 1930 after land was donated in the area.

The Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec initially controlled it before it became

a publicly-funded non-denominational school in 1957.

9 University of Alberta

The University of Alberta is a public research university based in Edmonton.

Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first premier of Alberta, and Henry Marshall

Tory, established the school in 1908 through the Post-Secondary Learning Act. It

is considered as one of the top employers of the area. Often cited for its green and

environmentally friendly practices, the school is also known for the ease in its course

registration, libraries and cutting edge technologies. It was patterned after the state

universities in the United States, but with emphasis on extension work and applied


8 University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo is a public research university based in Ontario. It has its

roots from Waterloo College, which is now known as the Wilfrid Laurier University.

A semi-autonomous unit of the college was formed in 1957 and called the Waterloo

College Associate Faculties. This then formally separated from Waterloo College in

1959 and was then incorporated as a university. It was originally intended to train

technicians and engineers, though it has since expanded with a Faculty of Arts and

College of Optometry.

7 Universite du Quebec a Rimouski

The Universite du Quebec a Rimouski, or UQAR, is one of the most modern schools

in Quebec. It is popular for its offerings in the fields of marine biology, oceanography,

rural and social development. It was established in 1969. While most of its students

come from the eastern part of Quebec, the school has also seen a substantial

growth in the number of foreign students, particulary those from French-speaking

African countries.

6 Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University is a public research university located in Burnaby, though

it has campuses in Vancouver and Surrey as well. It was inaugurated in 1965 after

the 1962 recommendation of Dr. J.B. McDonald through his report entitled “Higher

Education in British Columbia. The British Columbia University gave formal assent

the following year. It is considered as one of the best comprehensive universities

in the country. It is affiliated with other institutions in operating joint research

facilities, including the Bamfield Marine Station, a teaching and research center in

marine biology, and TRIUMF, a cyclotron used in subatomic physics and chemistry

research. It is also a partner of the Great Northern Way Campus Ltd.

5 McGill University

McGill University is a research university based in Montreal. It was established in

1821 and was named after James McGill, a Scottish merchant and graduate of the

University of Glasgow whose donation served as the foundation of the school. It is

considered as among the best universities offering medical and doctoral degrees. Its

campus is considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. McGill has produced

eight Nobel Prize awardees, 134 Rhodes scholars, two Prime Ministers, 12 Supreme

Court justices, three Pulitzer Prize awardees, four foreign leaders, 28 ambassadors

and 28 Olympic Games medalists.

4 University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is a bilingual public research university in Ontario. Joseph-

Bruno Guigues, a French priest who was the first bishop of the Roman Catholic

archdiocese of Ottawa, founded it in 1848 as the College of Bytown. The Oblates

of Mary Immaculate ran the school that became known as the College of Ottawa

in 1861. In 1866, it received university status courtesy of a royal charter. In 1889,

it became a pontifical university after it was given a pontifical charter by Pope Leo

XII. It became independent in 1965 with the pontifical charter going to St. Louis

University, which is still federated with the University of Ottawa.

3 University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is a public research university based in Ontario. It was

founded in 1827 through a royal charter and was initially known as the King’s

College. The Church of England first controlled it, though it became independent 23

years later in 1850, during which it finally adopted its current name. The school has

produced two Governor Generals, four Prime Ministers, four foreign leaders and 14

Supreme Court justices. It also boasts of 10 Nobel Prize awardees. It is one of only

two universities outside the United States that is a member of the Association of

American Universities.

2 University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan is a public research university based in Saskatoon. It was established in 1907 through a provincial charter and statute known as the University Act. It was patterned after American state universities, though the governance style was modeled after the University of Toronto. It is the largest educational institution in the province of Saskatchewan and has built a strong reputation on its research outputs

1 University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is a public research university based in

Vancouver. The provincial legislature established the school in 1908. It is the oldest

university in British Columbia and its library is the second largest research library in

the country. It is considered to have the highest entrance requirements in Canada.

It has produced seven Nobel Prize winners, 67 Rhodes scholars, two Canadian

Prime Ministers and 64 Olympic medals. It is also considered to be among the top

research universities in the world in terms of quality and quantity. It has more than

8,000 projects that have attracted funding from the government, industry and non-

profit organizations.

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