The University of Victoria (UVic) is a leading research university, consistently ranked among the top universities in Canada in research funding from national granting councils. It is the second oldest degree granting university in British Columbia.

Some notable alumni of the University include Barbara Hall (former Mayor of Toronto), Tamara Vrooman (former Deputy Minister of Finance of British Columbia), Ken Shields (former basketball head coach of Canadian National Team), Jeff Mallett (former president and chief operating officer of Yahoo), Richard Flury (former chief executive of BP), Peter Ciceri (former vice-president of Compaq Computer Corporation).

Rankings:

- According to the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings, UVic is ranked 213th in 2007, 244th in 2008, 241st in 2009.

- Ranked 201-302nd internationally in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2009.

- Named a “Research University of the Year in the 2009 ranking of the country’s top research universities by Reearch Infosource.

- 11th in Canada and 176th in the world (Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, July 2009).

- Placed in the range of 51-77th globally for Physics (ARWU 2009).

- Ranked 1st in comprehensive university category (Maclean's Magazine 2008 and 2009).

- 97% of first-year law students at the University of Victoria judged their learning experience to be "good" or "excellent" (2007 Law School Survey of Student Engagement, LSSSE).

- 8th in the ranking of Canadian Top MBA Programs (Canadian Business 2002).

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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