Aerial view of the University of Saskatchewan. (Photo: USask)
Aerial view of the University of Saskatchewan. (Photo: USask)

USask reaches new heights in world university rankings

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) made a significant leap forward in the QS World University Rankings (QS WUR), jumping up more than 100 places to reach the institution’s best-ever placement in the ranking.

By Matt Olson for Research Profile and Impact

USask earned a ranking of 345th in the 2024 QS WUR out of 2,963 participating institutions – an increase of 128 spots from USask’s rank of 473rd overall for the 2023 rankings.  

The performance is USask’s best showing in these rankings, improving on the previous best ranking by nearly 50 spots (393rd in 2013).  

“This ranking result is unprecedented in USask’s history,” said USask Vice-President Research Dr. Baljit Singh (PhD). “Our dedication to innovative and impactful research has been a key indicator for these outstanding results.” 

Global recognition is one of the aspirations outlined in the University Plan 2025, and the latest rankings show that USask is achieving a high international standard in areas of institutional priority, said USask Provost and Vice-President Academic Dr. Airini (PhD).   

“We are so pleased to see USask’s significant jump from last year’s rankings, signaling our best-ever performance as an institution,” she said. “This historic achievement reflects our bold ambition to be a university that sets the standard for learning, research, and community engagement.” 

The QS ranking agency implemented a revised methodology this year based on a variety of indicators, including research impact, reputational measures, number of international students and faculty, employment outcomes and more.  

“USask scholars have worked extremely hard over the last decade to build our international partners and enhance our global reputation. These results reaffirm our commitment to these efforts and tell the story that we are global leaders in our research, scholarly and artistic work,” said Singh. 

USask performed extremely well in the new “Sustainability” indicator, ranking 56th among all participating institutions.  

USask also achieved high rankings in the two other new indicators of the QS rankings, earning a placement of 331st in the “International Research Network” category and 396th in the “Employment Outcomes” category.  

Below is a list of all QS WUR indicators, USask’s ranking in each, and how they are weighted in the overall QS WUR rankings:  USask rankings 2023

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