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October 5, 2010

Synergy between U of T and SickKids lifts both institutions in the eyes of the world

U of T ranked among world’s top 20 universities

Scientists at the University of Toronto (U of T) and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have made a major scientific advancement in (insert area of study here).

If there’s a research breakthrough at SickKids those are likely the first words you’ll see or hear in media reports. When great minds get together, good things happen!

So at SickKids, we weren’t surprised when U of T was recently listed among the top 20 universities in the world in a global university ranking by Times Higher Education, the gold standard in international university performance comparisons. This is great news for U of T and also for SickKids, a teaching hospital and partner of the university.

“U of T faculty, staff, students and trainees have been encouraged by the Times Higher Education rankings no matter where they work, teach and learn. It’s a very positive result from a new and carefully-designed system. I don’t think one number can ever capture the multidimensional nature of a complex academic enterprise that is a partnership across three dynamic campuses, 10 amazing research hospitals and a large number of fine community health-care institutions,” says David Naylor, President, U of T. “A hospital like SickKids is renowned globally and has a massive research footprint. The incredible synergy between the university and a partner like SickKids is great not only for patient care, research and education, but also lifts both institutions in the eyes of the world.”

In addition to making front-page research news, we’re partners in educating the next generation of health-care professionals, whether physician, social worker, scientist, pharmacist, dietitian, clinical chemist – the list is almost as long as the successes the two organizations have enjoyed as a result of this special relationship. Our staff are in the classrooms and lecture halls of U of T teaching students. The teaching continues at SickKids, where staff welcome U of T students to our hospital for real-world experience and learning. The U of T training programs are administered at a local level and SickKids is home to many of them.

This sharing of knowledge and experience extends beyond the walls of these two great institutions, to networks and joint centres like the University of Toronto Centre for Patient Safety, a partnership between SickKids, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and U of T, that fosters novel research and education projects aimed at improving patient safety, both locally and internationally, and the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, a partnership between U of T and its affiliated teaching hospitals, that studies important ethical, health-related topics through research and clinical activities. SickKids is also a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN), a consortium of U of T and its affiliated teaching hospitals, which develops collaborative initiatives that optimize, advance and sustain a shared academic mission of high quality patient-care delivery, education, knowledge transfer and innovative research. It is in this environment of shared knowledge and experience that over 140 endowed chairs and professorships have been established jointly by the U of T and its affiliated teaching hospitals. (Read all about our scientific and academic chairs.)

“We are very proud of our relationship with the University of Toronto and the success it has brought to both organizations and, more importantly, the impact the knowledge generated has had on people around the world,” says Mary Jo Haddad, SickKids’ President & CEO and a graduate of the U of T's Health Policy, Management and Evaluation program. 

Although 2010-11 is the seventh year that Times Higher Education has published its annual rankings, the 2010-11 world university rankings represent the most accurate picture of global higher education the group has ever produced. The rankings were developed with input from more than 50 leading figures in the sector from 15 countries across the globe and through 10 months of extensive consultation.

The rankings employ 13 separate performance indicators designed to capture the full range of university activities, from teaching to research to knowledge transfer. These 13 elements are brought together into five headline categories:

  • Teaching — the learning environment (worth 30 per cent of the overall ranking score)
  • Research — volume, income and reputation (worth 30 per cent)
  • Citations — research influence (worth 32.5 per cent)
  • Industry income — innovation (worth 2.5 per cent)
  • International mix — staff and students (worth 5 per cent).

View the full results.