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U15 Group of Universities in Canada

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U15 Group of Universities in Canada

What is the U15 Group of Universities

The U15 group is an association of 15 universities in Canada that are considered as leading their fields of research. It was formed in 2012, and each university offers a wide range of research programmes that focus on advancing knowledge, developing confident leaders for all sectors, and assist the mobilisation of knowledge throughout Canada.

Across the U15 universities, they:

  • Train 58% of Canada’s full-time graduate students
  • Attract 77% of Canada’s sponsored research funding
  • Perform $835 million of research for business*

List of U15 Universities

History of the U15 Group

Although the group as it is known today was only founded in 2012, the group has its beginnings all the way back in the mid-1980s. Five of the current members joined forces to advance their research interests, and to put research focused programmes to the top of their priorities. By 1989, several other universities had joined the group, and in 1991 they formed a Group of Ten.

Since this, the group has expanded twice, once in 2006 when it became the Group of Thirteen, and again in 2012 when the two most current members joined and made it 15. They then renamed themselves the U15 Group, and created a directorate.

Post-Graduation Career Prospects

Due to the focus placed on research-intensive programmes, studying at a member university of the U15 group, you will be well placed for your future career. The emphasis on research means that you will not only be prepared for further studies, but also have experience with the real world applications of your field.

The collaborative nature of the U15 group also means that you will become part of a wide reaching community when studying at one of the universities. This extensive network of people and organisations means that the opportunities that are available to you will be wider and more varied, with options throughout Canada and the rest of the world.

U15 Universities World Ranking

UniversityCity & ProvinceQS World University RankingsTimes Higher Education World University Rankings
University of TorontoToronto, Ontario2121
McGill UniversityMontreal, Quebec3049
University of British ColumbiaVancouver, British Columbia=3441
University of AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta111=109
University of WaterlooWaterloo, Ontario112=158
Western UniversityLondon, Ontario114201-250
Université de MontréalMontréal, Quebec=141=111
University of CalgaryCalgary, Alberta182201-250
McMaster UniversityHamilton, Ontario=189=103
University of OttawaOttawa, Ontario=203=177
Queen’s UniversityKingston, Ontario209251-300
Dalhousie UniversityHalifax, Nova Scotia298301-350
University of SaskatchewanSaskatoon, Saskatchewan=345351-400
Université LavalQuebec City, Quebec=441251-300
University of ManitobaWinnipeg, Manitoba671-680351-400

*Source – U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities – About Us

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