According to National Geographic’s survey in 2016, Canada is the 6th Happiest country on the planet. The country has a growing multicultural population, a compassionate government, student friendly visa and immigration policies and some great educational institutions. Here’s a list of the top 5 Universities according to QS rankings of 2016:
1. McGill University
Holding on to the top spot among these top Canadian universities for the second consecutive year is McGill University, falling six places this year to rank 30th in the world. Located in Montréal, McGill has around 40,000 students enrolled, of which 25% are international. It has the highest number of Rhodes scholars and Nobel Prize winners among any Canadian university.
2. University of Toronto
The University of Toronto edges closer to its rival McGill, climbing two places this year to rank 32nd in the world. Located in Canada’s largest city, the university contributes CA$15.7 billion to the Canadian economy per year and is famed for its research innovations, including the discoveries of insulin and stem cells.
3. University of British Columbia
Up five places this year, the University of British Columbia now ranks 45th in the world and retains its position of third amongst the top universities in Canada. Located in Vancouver and Kelowna, the university’s student body of 61,100 includes 13,200 international students from 155 countries.
4. University of Alberta
The University of Alberta is up two places this year to rank 94th in the world. Located mainly in Edmonton, the university currently enrolls 38,700 students from 147 countries and has a major impact on the economy of Alberta, being the province’s fourth-largest employer.
5. Université de Montréal
Consistently the highest-ranked francophone Canadian university, the Université de Montréal is placed 126th in the world this year. One of Canada’s major research centers, it has almost 67,000 students, including 9,300 internationals.