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UM subjects rank among Canada’s and world’s top universities

Influential annual list by ShanghaiRanking rates five UM subjects in Canada’s top 10, one in top five

November 6, 2023 — 

The University of Manitoba’s academic subjects have ranked amongst those of the top universities nationally and globally, with five UM subjects in Canada’s top 10 and one in the national top five.

The just-released 2023 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) includes UM as one of 1,900 universities worldwide across 104 countries and regions that made the list from more than 5,000 universities evaluated.

The influential annual list by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy includes 55 subjects across the natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and the social sciences. Ranking factors include research output, research influence, international collaboration, research quality and international academic awards.

UM ranked fourth in Canada in dentistry and oral sciences — its top ranking nationally, and in the top 101-150 globally.

Top 10 national academic subject rankings for UM include food science, mathematics, oceanography, pharmacy and veterinary sciences. In food science and technology, UM ranked sixth in the country and from 101-150 globally; mathematics at UM placed eighth in Canada and in the 201-300 category globally. UM ranked ninth in oceanography nationally and from 101-150 globally; pharmacy at UM was also ranked ninth in Canada, and in the top 151-200 globally out of 500, while veterinary sciences at UM ranked tenth nationally and in the top 201-300 globally.

UM’s other medical sciences subjects also made the list, with nursing ranking eleventh in Canada, while clinical medicine and public health both ranked thirteenth nationally. All were in the 201-300 category globally.

In the life sciences category, nationally UM ranked eleventh in human biological sciences, twelfth in agricultural sciences and fourteenth in biological sciences.
Other strong UM subject showings were telecommunications engineering, ranked twelfth in Canada and from 101-150 globally, and education and transportation science and technology, both ranked fourteenth nationally.

UM research excellence and impact

“We are thrilled at the positive performance of UM researchers both nationally and globally, as outlined in this report,” said Vice-President (Research and international) Dr. Mario Pinto. “These results speak to the commitment to research excellence at UM and the impacts we are making both at home and around the world.”

UM is Manitoba’s largest and most research-intensive university, offering more than 100 programs of study, more than any other post-secondary institution in Manitoba. The quality, diversity and breadth of UM programs make it a competitive option nationally and internationally, and the post-secondary institution of choice in Manitoba.

Through UM’s many academic and research-intensive programs, our researchers and student-researchers are having an indelible impact on our world, tackling complex problems such as infectious diseases, Arctic research, climate change, global public health, human rights, social justice and sustainability.

UM is also an indispensable driver of economic growth and development for our province and contributes to the well-being of communities in Manitoba, as well as the people of Canada and the world.

“UM is committed to creating solutions to the most pressing societal issues, both at home and abroad,” said Pinto.

“It’s wonderful to see the hard work and accomplishments of UM scholars recognized on the global stage, as a true testament to the hard work and dedication of these individuals.”


Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund.

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