Australian universities cement their place among the world’s best

21 Jun 2017, Wednesday

37 Australian Universities have included among the world’s best in the 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings. The latest QS World University Rankings have confirmed Australia’s global reputation for quality education. 37 Australian University featured in the rankings with five institutions making the top 50 and a further 12 featured in the top 300.

The rankings are released annually and assess university performance across academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio.

Top ranked universities

The Australian National University (opens in a new window) (ANU) was the highest-ranked Australian university coming in at number 20, up two places from last year. The result places ANU among the top 0.1 percent of the 26,000 universities around the world.

Students at the Australian National University
Image: Students at the Australian National University

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said the latest rankings were a testament to the University’s global approach to research and education.

"The latest results are a wonderful testament to the world-leading research and education on offer from the ANU, and the dedication of our staff and students who contribute to make ANU one the great places in the world to work and study," Professor Schmidt said.

"ANU researchers work every day to help address some of the major issues facing Australia and the world.

"ANU is a truly global university, and we work hard to attract the best and brightest students, academics staff and researchers from around the world.”

The University of Melbourne (opens in a new window), University of New South Wales (opens in a new window) (UNSW), University of Queensland (opens in a new window) (UQ),University of Sydney (opens in a new window)Monash University (opens in a new window) and the University of Western Australia (opens in a new window) all ranked in the top 100.

These institutions are all members of the coalition of Australia’s eight leading research universities, known as the Group of Eight (opens in a new window) (Go8).

Young universities perform strongly

Australia’s younger universities continued to make their mark against their established overseas counterparts. Many of the Australian universities featured in the top 300 were founded less than 50 years ago and are considered to be the fastest-rising stars of the higher education world.

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) moved from 193 in the world to 176 and is placed 9th in Australia.

"While we have been consistently recognised as Australia's top young university, it is encouraging to see that we are also continuing to move up in the rankings that compare us against some of the oldest institutions in the world," said UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs.

"Last year, we were the first non-group of eight university to crack the worldwide top 200 in a long time, but we weren't content with that and this year we have moved up a further 17 places.

"This improvement is incredible and reflects a whole of university effort and a sustained focus on our innovative approach to teaching and learning, and on research excellence and impact."

Other universities in the top 300 include; The University of Newcastle (opens in a new window) (UON), University of Wollongong (opens in a new window)Macquarie University (opens in a new window), Queensland University of Technology (opens in a new window) (QUT), RMIT University (opens in a new window)Curtin University (opens in a new window)University of South Australia (opens in a new window) and Deakin University (opens in a new window).

For the full list of rankings head to the QS World University Rankings website (opens in a new window).


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