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35QS World University Rankings
History, Affiliations & Ranking
McGill University is one of the oldest and top-ranked public universities of Canada, which was founded in 1821. According to the QS World University ranking, it is ranked on number 2 in Canada and on number 33 in the whole world. The university is well-known across the globe for its excellent teaching and research programmes. Every year, students from across 150 countries enroll for admission to various courses at McGill University. It is the centre of education for the brightest students from across the world. McGill University is a member of the Association of Americal Universities which makes it one of the two universities outside the United States that are a part of this association, the other being the University of Toronto. It also has the prestige of being the only Canadian member of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) within the World Economic Forum.
Infrastructure, Campus & Courses
The main campus of the university is the Downtown campus, which is situated in downtown Montreal. The second campus is the Macdonald campus, which is situated in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. McGill houses a total of 12 faculties and schools among which Arts, Science, Engineering, Management, and Medicine are the famous faculties. It is also a famous center for research in the field of medicine. The world’s first artificial cell was made at McGill University by Thomas Chang. Among all research universities of Canada, McGill University has the record of having the highest percentage of Ph.D students.
Accomplishments & Alumni
McGill university aims at maintaining its standard of teaching by following its motto that says ‘Grandescunt Aucta Labore,’ which means By work, all things increase and grow. Many world leaders, Nobel laureates and entrepreneurs have been a part of McGill University. The University continues to offer a quality education and mark a difference in society. Some of the proud alumni counted under McGill University include 12 Nobel laureates, 145 Rhodes Scholars, 10 billionaires, 3 Prime Ministers of Canada, 1 Governor General of Canada, and a minimum of 8 foreign leaders, 28 foreign ambassadors, and above 100 members of national legislatures. Apart from these, the university has also produced 11 Grammy Award Winners, 9 Academy Award winners, 4 Pulitzer Prize winners, at least 16 Emmy Award winners, and 121 Olympians with over 35 Olympic medals.
Student Diversity & Companies Visiting
McGill University has students coming for admission from across 150 countries. This makes the campus of the university very diverse with respect to students and their backgrounds. McGill University has always taken special interest in assessing international students so that they can get through the selection process and make the process of learning an even richer experience for all the students of the university. It promotes inter-cultural learning and encourages its students to know about each other traditions and values. With a myriad of talented minds brewing in the university, it is bound to be a regular host to almost all the leading organisations and companies of the world.
With the world witnessing one of the deadlier waves of the pandemic across different continents, McGill University understands the need to provide a safe and secure environment during such an unprecedented time. The University plans on strictly implementing social distancing regulations at a realistic level. McGill University has taken the necessary steps to ensure that the COVID positivity rate remains low and the staff, students and faculty members are safe. Here are some of the measures taken by McGill University as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, if the lectures include over 150 students, then the classes will be held online, however, a few components such as conferences, tutorials and labs, etc may be conducted in person.
If the academic activity has been allocated a room, then the class will be held in person, however, if no room has been allocated, then sessions will be held online. However, this may change depending on the conditions at the time.
Currently, McGill University is following the one-metre social distancing policy as it continues to become safer.
International students are required to participate in the on-campus academic activities, thus, they are required to travel to Canada for the Fall session.
Currently, vaccinations have not been made compulsory for students, however, it is advisable for students to be vaccinated, either in Canada or in their home countries. As and when vaccination thresholds are met and COVID cases see a major decline, restrictions may be eased as per government directives. Canada currently accepts four different vaccinations, i.e. Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Astra/Zeneca COVISHIELD and Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines.
Students are required to wear procedural masks as per the government regulations, including shared indoor public spaces.
McGill University adheres to all the government regulations regarding maintaining the campus facilities up to the public health codes to ensure the spread of the virus is minimised.
McGill University offers merit-based entrance scholarships to international students who apply for full-time undergraduate program.The two types of scholarships defined under this category are:
1. One-year Scholarship
Value: $3,000 (non-renewable)
2. Major scholarship
Value: $3,000, $5,000, $10,000 or $12,000 (renewable)
Doctoral: $25000 upto 3 years
Postdoctoral: $35000 1 year
This scholarship is awarded to one or more students from India or Hong Kong who have taken admission at McGill University. The scholarship is applicable to undergraduate students who have displayed high academic standing.
The scholarships are offered to outstanding students who are admitted to any undergraduate course at McGill University. Candidates who display good academic standing with leadership qualities, based on their participation in extracurricular and community activities.
Value: $3,000 to each candidate. It is renewable as well.
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