Times Higher Education World University Rankings confirm Australia’s best

Australia has 35 universities in the Times’ world top 800, making it the number five nation.

Overall, the top 20 in this year’s THE list is very similar to 2015, with the top 20 mainly coming from the US, followed by the UK, with one European inclusion, ETH Zurich, in ninth place.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings confirm Australia's best
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Key performance indicators for THE Rankings

THE rankings performance indicators are grouped into five areas:
  1. Teaching (30%) – includes a reputation survey, and measures staff-to-student ratio, doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio, doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio, and institutional income
  2. Research (30%) – includes a reputation survey, and measures research income and research productivity
  3. Research citations (30%)
  4. International outlook (7.5%) – measures international-to-domestic-student ratio, international-to-domestic-staff ratio, and international collaboration
  5. Industry income (2.5%) – measures how much research income an institution earns from industry against the number of academic staff it employs.

The university remains at number 33 in the world, marking the seventh straight year it has been among the top 40 universities globally and acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil celebrated the announcement.

“These results stem from the hard work of academic staff in producing outstanding research and providing a world-class education for our students.”

For the University of Sydney, the rankings validate the strength of the university’s research citations, particularly in the disciplines of Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences, Economics, Education and Social Work, and Agriculture and the Environment.

The University of Sydney has been ranked at #60, cementing their place as one of the world’s best research and teaching institutions.

Like Sydney, the University of Queensland has confirmed its status as one of the world’s top universities, also placing 60th internationally and 3rd in Australia in a prestigious global ranking.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ’s consistent high ranking reflected the hard work of the university’s researchers, professional staff, academics, students and industry partners.

“UQ continues to place well among the more than 10,000 universities worldwide, demonstrating our staff and student’s dedication to excellence,” he said. “It’s especially gratifying to see UQ maintain its placing at sixtieth for the second year running.”

With these rankings, it means that Melbourne, UQ and Sydney are well within the top one percent of higher education institutions in the world.

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