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Burnaby's Simon Fraser University now ranked 8th in Canada

Innovation and sustainability cited as key strengths of the school.
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Simon Fraser University is a top-ten Canadian university according to Times Higher Education, and ranks within the top 201-250 universities worldwide.

Simon Fraser University has jumped up three spots to become the eighth top-ranked university in Canada this year, according to Times Higher Education (THE).

SFU is now in the top 201-250 universities in the world, up from last year’s THE ranking within 251-300 of the world ranking.

It’s not the only ranking boost SFU received this year.

SFU moved up 25 places to land in the top 300 universities worldwide in this year’s Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, up from its top-400 placement last year.

The university maintains its position as 13th in Canada in the QS ranking.

“I am so proud of our students, faculty and staff who, despite facing enormous challenges over the past year, have continued to champion sustainability in everything we do,” said SFU president Joy Johnson in a statement.

“As a global leader, we will continue to take action to address climate change and promote efforts to build healthier, safer and more resilient communities.”

Maclean’s magazine gave SFU the nod as Canada’s top comprehensive university in 2021, for the twelfth time in the past thirteen years. In 2022, SFU tied with the University of Victoria for the top spot.

The magazine cited SFU’s commitment to sustainability as one of the university’s key strengths.

The World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) rankings, which says it evaluates universities' “real contributions” to society, put SFU third in the world for entrepreneurial spirit and 24th overall among innovative universities.

SFU was the only Canadian university to crack the top 100 in that ranking system.