Australia has received its best ever result in the annual Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities, with 19 Australian universities earning a place in the top 500.
The Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings are among the most respected in the world and take into account indicators such as research performance, the number of highly cited researchers and the number of articles published in Science and Nature journals.
Melbourne was the top-ranking Australian university, ranking 60th, which is two places above its 2010 result. The Australian National University — which has been the highest ranked Australian university every year since the commencement of the rankings in 2003 — slid down 11 places to 70.
Other Australian institutions ranking in the top 100 are the University of Queensland (ranked 86th) and the University of Sydney (ranked 96th).
According to Griffith University’s Tony Sheil, the number of Australian universities in the top 500 has increased from 13 to 19 in the last eight years.
Sheil said that Australia’s good performance on the global stage is most likely the result of the Australian Government’s investment in higher education research and ‘choosing not to concentrate research investment in a select number of elite institutions’.
Sheil also noted that Australia — which has had 21 universities listed in the rankings since they commenced — is one of only a few countries that can claim to have had more than half of the institutions within its university sector listed in the top 500.
Internationally, the trend of US and UK institutions taking out the top spots continued, withHarvard receiving the number one ranking, followed by Stanford; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of California, Berkeley; and Cambridge.
The University of Tokyo was the highest-ranking university in Asia (ranked 21), while the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich was the highest-ranking European university (ranked 23).
You can view comprehensive Australian university ratings on the Good Universities Guide website, including ratings of each Australian university on key criteria such as ‘Graduate satisfaction’, ‘Getting a Job’, ‘Graduate salaries’ and ‘Teaching quality’.
AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES RANKING IN TOP 500 (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER):
- Australian National University
- Curtin University
- Flinders University
- Griffith University
- James Cook University
- La Trobe University
- Macquarie University
- Monash University
- Swinburne University of Technology
- University of Adelaide
- University of Newcastle
- University of New South Wales
- University of Melbourne
- University of Queensland
- University of Sydney
- University of Tasmania
- University of Technology, Sydney
- University of Western Australia
- University of Wollongong.