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Trent University Ranked Among Top 1,000 Universities in the World

July 11, 2016

World University Rankings places Trent within top 3.6 % of all universities worldwide; #29 nationally in Canada

Aerial view of bridge, Bata Library and Champlain college on a sunny summer afternoon

Trent University is climbing the ranks of the world’s top universities, according to the recently released Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) 2016 list of the world’s top 1,000 universities, which lists Trent at number 29 nationally, up from number 31 last year, and number 884 overall worldwide, up from last year’s 910 place ranking.

“To rank in the top four per cent of universities in the world is an impressive achievement for a small university like Trent. We believe the ranking in this year’s Center for World University Rankings demonstrates the extent to which our interactive learning atmosphere and strong focus on research and innovation is recognized and valued worldwide,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “To rank so well both nationally and internationally is a testament to the exceptional learning and research environment Trent provides.”

The new CWUR ranking caps off a year in which Trent University ranked highly in many prestigious independent rankings and surveys. In the 2016 Maclean’s University Report, Trent was named Ontario’s number one undergraduate university for the fifth year in a row, and number two in all of Canada. Also in Maclean’s, Trent also earned the top spot in all of Canada for scholarships and bursaries. Consistently punching above its weight in research excellence, Trent also ranked as the number three undergraduate research university in Canada, according to Re$earch Infosource’s Research Universities of the Year 2016. Trent students also rank the University highly in national student satisfaction surveys, and the unparalleled Trent experience leads graduates to success in today’s competitive job market, with 94 per cent of graduates securing jobs just two years after graduation and 90 per cent in jobs just six months after graduation.

The CWUR is the only global university ranking measuring the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research, without relying on surveys and university data submissions. CWUR uses eight indicators to rank the world's top 1,000 universities including: quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact and patents. Out of Canada’s 98 universities, only 32 made the list, including Trent. 

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.

Kate Weersink, media relations & strategic communications officer, Trent University, 705-748-1011 extension: 6180 or