SPECIAL REPORT

THE RIGHT STUFF

MARY NEMETH November 15 1993
SPECIAL REPORT

THE RIGHT STUFF

MARY NEMETH November 15 1993

THE RIGHT STUFF

RANKING

Above all, McGill must be made the great national school of Canada for every form of higher study. There need be here no question of petty jealousies or false rivalries with other institutions. It is only necessary to admit that McGill is best, and all anger is at an end.

Humorist Stephen Leacock was a special lecturer at McGill when he contributed those words to the 1926 McGill Annual. More than six decades later, there may yet be

scholars and university administrators across Canada who have not conceded McGill its supremacy. But the university, where such luminaries as Leacock, physicist Ernest Rutherford and neurologist Wilder Penfield once taught, has certainly excelled. The school topped the 1991 Maclean’s ranking of 46 universities and for 1993 has

MEDICAL/DOCTORAL $ I U D E N I B 0 D Y C L A $ $ E $ UNIVERSITIES Average Proportion Proportion Out Of International Student Entering With 15% Who Province (Graduate) Awards Grade Or Higher Graduate (1st Year) Median Class Sizes: Class Sizes: Classes Class Size: 1st and 3rd and Taught By 1st Year 2nd Year 4th Year Tenured Level Level Faculty Facul Witi PhD 2 1 2 1 4 2 1 2 3 7 3 1 5 6 1 12 10 3 3 3 12 5 6 6 6 4 8 13 12 5 11 12 15 6 7 15 8 7 7 8 14 4 7 9 9 2 13 8 9~ 13 4 3 9 9 13 14 6 10 5 11 9* 8 10 11 15 13 14 11 13 4 1 7 4 5 14 14 2 14 12 10 5 15 8 12 15 15 11 9 11 10 1 2 9 2 15 9 2 11 2 8 11 7 3 10 14 9 8* 15 15 6 11* 3 3 12 10 14 13 6 1 4 4 7 12 1 5 11 13 15 14 14 4 8 5 6 3 11* 12 8 10 6 1 7 13 8* 13 5 5 1 5 4 11 2 6 8 3 9 `C `4 `3 15 7 OVERALL RANKING LAST YEAR 1 McGill 1 2 Queen's 3 Toronto 2 4 UBC 4 5 McMaster 5 6 Calgary 11 7 Montréal 7 8 Daihousie 6 9 Ottawa 8 10 Alberta 9 11 Western 10 12 Lava! 14 13 Saskatchewan 13 14 Sherbrooke 12 15 Manitoba 15

A commitment to teaching and research have put McGill University in a class of its own rated best overall in the Medical/Doctoral category for the second year in a row. McGill’s high ranking is due largely to two key factors: small class sizes and the emphasis it places on getting top faculty, including administrators, to teach. That in turn has attracted internationally recognized talent: its faculty includes renowned anthropologist Bruce Trigger; Charles Taylor, a well-known philosopher of modernity whose expertise ranges from Canadian federalism to German philosopher G. W. F. Hegel; and neurologist

Alberto Aguayo, an expert on nerve regeneration. “We have a passionate belief,” says principal David Johnston, 52, “that good teaching comes from good research and good research comes from good teaching. There is not a dichotomy between the two.”

Nestled in the heart of a vibrant city, McGill also offers its students an invigorating culture. The school is international both in its composition—11 per cent of its students are from abroad—and in its outlook. In fact, the university is one of the few in Canada to develop a significant international profile. McGill students and professors, for example, have worked on building projects in India and China. “It is so educationally enriching to be exposed to difference,” says Johnston, who writes letters each morning to his two daughters studying abroad—one in the United States, the other in China. “Our task is to prepare our students for the world, not just for the city, not for the province, not even for the country.”

rds Per Il-time culty Humanities Medical! Grants Science Grants CULT Y FINANCES LIBRARY REPUTATION Operating Scholarships Student Budget & Bursaries (Percentage Of Budget) Services (Percentage Of Budget) Holdings Per Student Acquisitions Expenses Alumni Reputational Support Survey 4 3 1 3 7 15 3 1 9 2 4 3 12 9 3 5 L 2 3 6 4 2 2 9 13 12 1 8 6 13 10 9 12 10 8 4 4 2 5 5 15 12 12 11 11 13 11 1 6 5 7 7 5 8 2 8 8 6 4 5 8 10 10 11 7 10 1 7 6 9 1 11 14 15 15 12 13 6 9 14 14 14 14 15 11 13 13 15 10 14 7 11 14 12 2 5 3 8 9 1 5 8 11 10 4 6 3 7 8 14 11 13 12 1 10 9 10 9 1 13 5 6 6 2 15 12 15 4 3 4 13 2 14 7 15 7 2 3 7 4 6 6 12 1 10 2 8 5 3 8 5 11 15 13 13 7 9 12 11 10 14 14 4 9 1 15

Finances, in the past, have been the university’s Achilles heel. In 1991, its accumulated debt hit $79 million—due, according to Johnston, to more than a decade of underfunding by the provincial government. Quebec has since increased the school’s operating grant and the debt has been whittled to $71 million. The school, built on a 46-acre farm donated in 1813 by merchant James McGill, also has strong alumni support. Small wonder, with advocates like Leacock—who instructed graduates to “go out into the world murmuring ‘McGill.’ ” That may no longer be necessary. After so many years at the top of the scholarly heap, McGill’s reputation seems secure.

REPUTATIONAL

WINNERS

HIGHEST QUALITY

1. McGill

2. Queen's

3. UBC

4. Toronto

5. McMaster

MOST INNOVATIVE

1. McMaster

2. Queen's

3. McGill

4. UBC

5. Calgary

LEADERS OF

TOMORROW

1. UBC

2. Calgary

3. McMaster

4. McGill

5. Queen's

BEST OVERALL

1. UBC

2. McMaster

3. McGill

4. Queen's

5. Calgary

MARY NEMETH