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Date: April 25, 2013

UVic recognized as one of the world's top universities for scientific performance

The University of Victoria is in the top one per cent of universities in the world and among the top-ranked in Canada for its scientific impact and its involvement in scientific collaboration, as measured by the Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies.

The prestigious Leiden rankings, released today, measure the scientific performance of 500 major universities worldwide.

UVic is the top-ranked Canadian university without a medical school and fifth overall in the country, according to the Leiden rankings. Also, the university had the highest ranking in Canada for international collaboration, which means it has the highest proportion of publications co-authored by researchers in two or more countries.

UVic’s strengths in natural science and engineering, as well as math and computer science are particularly noteworthy. In natural science and engineering, UVic placed 68th worldwide and third in Canada, and in math and computer science, the university placed 123rd and sixth nationally.

“The Leiden rankings confirm UVic’s strong research performance and impact on the international stage," said UVic President David Turpin. “For a young university, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, it is gratifying to see this international recognition for the world-class research undertaken at UVic."

The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2013 is based on Web of Science indexed publications from the period 2008–2011.

Last year, the University of Victoria placed 11th in the world and first in Canada among universities under 50 years of age in the Times Higher Education’s 100-under-50 rankings. It is one of only eight Canadian universities in the THE’s Top 200 annual World University Rankings.

Rankings are regularly used by undergraduate and postgraduate students to help select degree courses, by academics to inform career decisions, by research teams to identify new collaborative partners and by university managers to benchmark their performance and set strategic priorities.

For more information and to view the rankings visit http://www.leidenranking.com

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