Academic Ranking of World Universities

Western University
English Name: Western University
Region: Northern America
Country/Region: Canada
Found Year: 1878
Address: 1151 Richmond Street

Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth.


Ranking as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities, the University has a strong international reputation. Western has about $235 million annually in research funding. From fundamental to applied knowledge, Western University discoveries benefit economic, social, health and cultural development in Canada and around the world.


Western attracts students with a broad worldview seeking to study, engage with, and lead in the global community. 


Our students share in classroom experiences that broaden personal perspectives and understanding. Beyond campus, they are engaged in international study-abroad, research and volunteer opportunities. 


Western students strike a balance between high academic achievement and athletic, volunteer and social engagement, which foster a strong sense of pride and community.


Key Facts about Western

·         Ranked among the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide

·         A founding member of the U15 – Canada’s most distinguished research universities

·         38,000 students, including more than 3,200 international students from 117 countries

·                   One of the highest national entrance averages of first-year students at 89.3%

·                   First to second year retention rate of 93.2%—one of the highest in Canada

·         12 faculties, including the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, as well professional programs such as                      Medicine, Business, Law and Engineering

·         More than 400 combinations of undergraduate majors, minors and specializations

·         120 graduate and professional programs (Masters, PhD, second-entry degree programs)

·         94% employment rate after graduation

·         More than 277,000 alumni in more than 150 countries worldwide


Western offers superior flexibility in program choice so that students can combine various subjects within their degree to meet their interests and talents. Critical thinking, ethics, experiential learning, service to the larger community, leadership and innovation are key values driving the Western experience – no matter the program choice.


Western also offers concurrent and combined degrees so students can graduate with two degrees in less time than it would take to complete each degree independently.  Combined degrees are offered in some of Western’s professional Faculties, including: the Ivey Business School, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and Western Law. For example, qualifying students can complete a Bachelor of Engineering Science (BESc) and Master in Business Administration (MBA) or Honors in Business Administration (HBA) in five years.  

Examples of some of Western’s unique undergraduate programs include:

·         The Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) program provides one of the widest varieties of undergraduate medical science (life science) opportunities in Canada.

·         The School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities offers an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural educational experience, including experiential learning, with courses taught by internationally leading scholars in the Arts and Humanities.

·         Ivey Honours Business Administration (HBA) is a second-entry program that students apply to following two years of study at the undergraduate level. The integration of program structure, classroom environment, leading faculty, unique case-based learning methods and exceptional career management services creates a dynamic learning environment that develops highly sought-after business leaders.

·         The Mechatronic Systems Engineering (BESc) program is a combination of mechanical, electronic, computer, control, and systems design engineering. The combination of these engineering principles helps generate simpler, more economical, reliable and versatile systems.

·         DAN Management and Organizational Studies (Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies or BMOS) provides a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of management, emphasizing the social science and evidence-based foundations of management education.



Western excels in moving research out of the labs and into the lives of people around the world through public and private sector partnerships. From the operating room to the boardroom, the factory floor to spacecraft rocketing beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, Western’s research drives discovery and influences the way we live.


Western Research Facts:

·         $235 million in research funding annually

·         Over 500 active international research collaborations and partnerships

·         From 2010 to 2014, 61% of Western’s research publications involved international collaborations


Western boasts many areas of research excellence including:

Neuroscience, Imaging, Wind Engineering & Disaster Mitigation, Materials & Biomaterials, Sustainability & Green Energy, Philosophy of Science, Planetary Science & Exploration, and Musculoskeletal Health.


Research breakthroughs at Western have included:

·         Developing the first chemotherapy drug

·         The first boundary layer wind tunnel used to test bridges and buildings around the world

·         The discovery of the sex chromatin known as the ‘Barr body,’ helping to launch the field of genetics

·         Using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, demonstrated that some patients believed to be in a vegetative               state can communicate

·         Discovery of a near-earth asteroid known as ‘Earth’s second moon’

·         Discovery of ultrapyrolysis process to create fuel from biomass or ‘green oil’

·         The first successful liver and bowel combined transplant in the world

·         Development of an HIV vaccine currently in clinical trials


Campus and Community

Home to one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses, Western provides an ideal environment in which to live and study. First-year students are guaranteed a place in one of Western’s 10 outstanding on-campus residence communities.


Western Libraries is home to the fourth largest library collection in Canada and provides digital access to millions of electronic publications and over 700 bibliographic databases. The Paul Davenport Theatre hosts more than 200 performances a year, drawing more than 32,000 patrons annually. The Western Student Recreation Centre, one of the largest of its kind at a Canadian university, was made possible in part through the largest student donation at a Canadian school in history.


The university is located in London, Canada – a safe, vibrant and welcoming community of more than 381,000 people that serves as a regional centre for health care, business, culture and industry in Southwestern Ontario.

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