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McGill no longer top Canadian university
The Gazette

Three days into her new job as McGill University’s principal, Suzanne Fortier was dealing with the news Monday that the school was surpassed for the first time by its rival, the University of Toronto, in the latest QS World University Rankings.

As far as principals’ headaches go, this might not rate up there with an unexpected budget cut of $19 million — such as the one Fortier’s predecessor Heather Munroe-Blum had to cope with last December — but university rankings are taken seriously in today’s competitive world and, like it or not, universities know that students and their parents actively consult the myriad rankings that are published.

So news of being ousted from the top Canadian spot — for the first time the leading rankings agency started publishing the rankings in 2004 — had to hurt.

Alvin Shrier, a physiology professor at McGill and past president of the McGill Asociation of University Teachers, blamed McGill’s chronic underfunding for the drop. “It’s only a question of time till it becomes harder to attract top people,” he said.

McGill — long considered the Harvard of the north — has been slipping in some recent rankings, such as the World Reputation Rankings and the 2012 Times Higher Education world rankings.

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