University of Queensland’s research excellence on the rise

The University of Queensland has risen two places in the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, placing 43rd in the world and third in Australia.

Acting Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Joanne Wright said the rankings, compiled by National Taiwan University, showed UQ’s continued upward trajectory—UQ rose 11 places in the same rankings last year.

University of Queensland’s research excellence on the rise
University of Queensland’s ranks highly for its research excellence

“Earlier this year UQ jumped 22 places up the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, to rank 55th globally and second in Australia,” she said.

“UQ’s continued success in international rankings such as this demonstrates that we are a high-quality university, especially when viewed against the increasingly strong competition of the world’s more than 10,000 universities.

“This achievement recognises the efforts and excellence of our researchers, staff, alumni and students, who all play a role in ensuring UQ continues to be a world-recognised leader in higher education.”

The Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities measures university performance based on scientific papers, research productivity and scholarly impact, and also ranks universities across six fields.

“I’m pleased to see UQ place first in Australia in Agriculture and in Social Sciences, a reflection of our outstanding work in these across a range of institutes, schools and faculties,” Professor Wright said.

The University of Queensland placed seventh globally for Agriculture, and 25th for Social Sciences.
UQ’s results in other field rankings:
  • Third nationally and 64th globally for Engineering
  • Second nationally and 41st globally for Life Sciences
  • Sixth nationally and 141st globally for Natural Sciences
  • Fourth nationally and 79th globally for Clinical Medicine

Earlier this year, UQ placed number one in Australia in the Nature Index Top Academic Institutions, 51st globally in the QS World Rankings and 52nd in the US News Best Global University Rankings.


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