University of Windsor Soars to Record High in World University Rankings

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In a significant stride toward academic excellence, the University of Windsor has attained the superior ranking ever recorded in its history in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings. The rankings were disclosed in the 20th edition, unveiling on Sept. 27.

The University of Windsor remarkably climbed almost 100 spots to enter the illustrious 501-600 tier for the first time. This achievement places it amongst the top one-third of universities globally, an applause-worthy accomplishment on its journey toward exceptional learning and innovation.

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Internally, the university can now claim its commendable position as the seventh-ranked among non-medical Canadian universities. It further places fourth among non-medical Ontario universities.

Describing this notable stride, the president of UWindsor, Robert Gordon, expressed satisfaction and high spirits. He credited the achievement to the University’s diligent faculty, researchers, and staff, who have tirelessly endeavored to transcend boundaries, individually and collectively, infusing knowledge and discovery through innovative channels.

The 2024 World University Rankings witnessed a record participation of educational institutions – 1,904 across 108 countries and regions, integrating an updated methodology in the process.

A new comprehensive approach was deployed to assess research robustness, excellence, influence, and industry knowledge transfer. Universities underwent extensive scrutiny comprising 18 performance metrics in five core areas: teaching, research environment, research quality, industry connections, and international outlook.

Esteemed for its research quality and industry scores, UWindsor secured a position in the top 25% of all universities worldwide for its research environment, accounting for research productivity, reputation, and income generation.

Dr. Shanthi Johnson, vice-president of research and innovation, highlighted the role of research excellence, scholarship, and creative activity in helping UWindsor reach a remarkable position in the globally renowned ranking. She confirmed the aim of the university to foster innovation and collaboration at global and local levels.

The University of Windsor, not resting on past laurels, achieved its highest-ever standing in international university ranking for the second time in recent months. Earlier in July, it was enlisted among the top 44 percent of universities worldwide in the QS World University Rankings, experiencing a noticeable ascension of 100 positions.

This year’s metrics included 134 million citations, 68,402 scholar responses, and data from 2,673 institutions. The results are available only for universities that meet specific performance metrics. Compared to 2023, an additional 105 universities joined the ranking this year. The top 200 universities retain individual ranks, while the others diversify into tiers.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.