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Western Education’s research excellence recognized internationally

November 04, 2022

Dean Donna Kotsopoulos.

Two international organizations have recognized Western Education as one of the top faculties of education in the world.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed Western Education in 65th spot in the world, which is a significant jump from the last year’s rankings where the Faculty placed in the 101-125 range. This places Western Education as fourth overall in Canada. This year, 655 faculties of education were ranked.

In addition, the Shanghai Ranking, 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects ranked Western Education as one of the top 75 faculties of education worldwide. This is the third consecutive year Western Education has cracked the top 75.

“As a research-intensive university, our goal is to advance knowledge through research and knowledge mobilization that enhances the learning and well-being of children, youth, and adults,” Education dean Donna Kotsopoulos said. “It’s rewarding to be recognized for our work internationally.”

In Canada, the Faculty of Education made a substantial jump in the annual Maclean’s University Rankings. The Faculty moved up seven spots from last year’s report, moving from eleventh to fourth place, third overall.

The Faculty of Education’s research strengths include Indigenous Research; Applied Linguistics; Behaviour, Learning and Neuroscience; Curriculum Studies; Global and International Studies; Mental Health; Violence Prevention; Policy and Leadership; Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion.

“We recently released our Strategic Plan where we identified areas where we will continue to transform education and transform lives through our high-quality research and social impact,” Kotsopoulos said. “Western Education is one of the few faculties of education in Canada to link strategic priorities to the UN Sustainability Goals.”

Emphasizing the research mission, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, citations, knowledge transfer, and international outlook. It uses 13 performance indicators to provide the comparisons.