UFV Recognized Again as a Top International University
The University of the Fraser Valley produces top ratings in teaching, employability, and more!
Even with all the operating challenges that accompanied a pandemic year, the University of the Fraser Valley was recently recognized as a top-tier International post-secondary institution by Quacquarelli Symonds Limited (QS), a global higher education research company behind one of the most respected university rankings systems in the world.
How does QS rate universities?
QS Stars is a university rating system that helps prospective students select the right university based on topics important to them. Each institution receives an overall rating of 0 to 5 stars, as well as 0 to 5 stars in at least eight of 13 key categories.
UFV’s 2021 top ratings
In 2021, UFV received a four-star rating as an overall institution. In addition, the university scored five-star marks in the Teaching, Employability, Internalization, Online Learning, and Inclusiveness categories.
“Achieving these prestigious ratings is a testament to the university’s commitment to excellence,” says David McGuire, associate vice president of International at UFV. “There is a sense of pride at UFV. People work very hard here, everyone from the faculty, staff right through to the students.”
An international student’s experience at UFV
Niranjana Geetha, an International student from Kerala, India, started her journey at UFV in the winter of 2021. She has been impressed with the university’s ability to be flexible and empathetic to students’ needs.
“My experience with UFV has been amazing,” said Geetha, who is registered in the Business Administration (Aviation) diploma program. “I started my studies during the pandemic, and I completed two of my semesters from my home country. The faculty of UFV knew that many students were stuck in their home country during the pandemic and were not able to travel to Canada, and hence the faculty have been considerate with the time difference and were helping a lot since everyone was nervous about the start of their university life becoming completely online.”
UFV rises in category ratings since 2018
This is not the first time UFV achieved high QS Stars scores. In 2018, UFV also received an overall four-star rating, as well as five-star scores in both the Teaching and Employability categories. This time, in addition to those categories, the university added top marks for Internationalization, Online Learning, and Inclusiveness.
“The QS Stars rating system recognizes UFV’s strengths as a world-class university across a broader set of criteria that can’t be measured by any traditional ranking systems,” said Raluca Grigorescu, product manager at QS. “These results emphasize where the institution excels and UFV’s commitment to improve over time, enhancing its rating in three areas of the audit since 2018.”
Student satisfaction rated highly
UFV used the last audit from 2018 as a roadmap to identify gaps and areas for improvement. “The end result is not just the five stars,” says Foreman. “Of course, that’s nice to have, but we also want to legitimately improve those sectors.”
In a section called Program Strength, UFV scored an average of three stars, but within that assessment received 40 out of 40 points on student satisfaction. “That speaks very highly to one of UFV’s many strengths, and that is our teaching, our relationship with students, and the great work that our instructors and faculty members do,” McGuire says.
“Everybody at UFV knows how good UFV is, and that’s why they’re here,” says Foreman. “But if we don’t communicate that to the world, we’ll just be the best kept secret in the Fraser Valley. “And I think that’s one of the things that the QS Stars rating helps us do, is get that message out.”
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