Top Universities in Australia 2018
37 Australian universities are included among the world’s best in the 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings®, two more than last year. The good news doesn’t stop there though: seven Australian universities are in the global top 100, while a further 10 are in the top 300, with many institutions improving their positions this year. Here’s a closer look at the top 10 in the country.
Up two places this year to now rank 20th in the world, Australian National University (ANU) is consistently Australia’s highest-ranked institution. ANU is located in the country’s capital, Canberra, and is the only university to be created by the Parliament of Australia. Among its alumni are two Australian prime ministers.
The second-oldest university in Australia (founded in 1853), the University of Melbourne is ranked joint 41st this year alongside South Korea’s KAIST. The university has around 47,000 students, including more than 12,000 international students, and has been associated with nine Nobel Prize winners – the most of any Australian university.
Up four places to now rank 45th in the world and third in Australia, the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) was established in 1949 and has produced more millionaires than any other Australian university. Aiming to be “Australia’s global university” by 2025, UNSW Sydney is currently partnered with over 200 universities around the world.
The University of Queensland (UQ) has also moved up this year, and is now ranked within the global top 50 (it’s joint 47th). Mainly located in Brisbane, UQ is a founding member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of research-intensive Australian universities which are responsible for such innovations as the invention of the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.
Ranked 50th in the world in 2018, the University of Sydney is the oldest Australian university, having been established in 1850. Now hosting around 60,000 students, the university’s campus is noted for its beautiful neo-gothic buildings. Also a member of the Group of Eight, the university offers the broadest range of programs of any Australian university.
Up five places to now rank 60th in the world, Monash University is located in Melbourne and was founded in 1958. The university is very present outside Australia, operating a Malaysia campus as well as international centers in Italy, India and China.
Also improving its position this year is the University of Western Australia (UWA), now ranked in the global top 100 in joint 93rd place. Founded in 1911, UWA is located in Perth and was Western Australia’s first university. It now has almost 24,000 students enrolled across nine faculties.
Up 16 places to rank joint 109th in 2018, the University of Adelaide is another of the oldest universities in Australia, established in 1874. Another Group of Eight member, the university has over 25,000 students enrolled at its five campuses in the state of South Australia.
The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) continues to improve its ranking position, now ranked 176th in the world, up 17 places from last year. Despite its name, UTS has strengths in several non-technological subjects such as nursing, art and design, sports and law.
Up 21 places to now rank joint 224th, the University of Newcastle (UON) this year overtakes the University of Wollongong as Australia’s 10th highest ranked university. Established in 1965, UON is particularly well-regarded for the subjects of mining engineering, architecture, nursing and sociology.
More top universities in Australia…
- University of Wollongong – ranked 232nd in the world.
- Macquarie University – ranked joint 240th in the world.
=13. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – ranked joint 247th in the world, up from 276th.
=13. RMIT University – ranked joint 247th in the world.
- Curtin University– ranked 262nd in the world, up from joint 306th.
- University of South Australia (UNISA) – ranked joint 279th in the world.
- Deakin University– ranked joint 293rd in the world, up from 355th.
- University of Tasmania – ranked 313th in the world, up from joint 370th.
- Griffith University – ranked joint 325th in the world.
- La Trobe University – ranked 360th in the world.
- James Cook University (JCU)– ranked joint 367th in the world.
After the top 400, the remaining universities do not receive a precise rank but are ranked in a range, starting with 401-410, up until 801-1000.
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- Swinburne University of Technology – ranked 421-430 in the world.
- Bond University – ranked 431-440 in the world.
- Murdoch University – ranked 501-550 in the world.
The next three top universities in Australia are all ranked in the 551-600 range:
=25. Flinders University
- Central Queensland University – ranked 601-650 in the world.
- Charles Darwin University – ranked 651-700 in the world.
- Victoria University – ranked 701-750 in the world.
=31. Edith Cowan University (ECU) – ranked 751-800 in the world.
=31. University of Southern Queensland – ranked 751-800 in the world.
The final five top universities in Australia are all ranked 801-1000 in the world, making them joint 33rd in Australia:
=33. Southern Cross University – new this year.
=33. University of the Sunshine Coast – new this year.
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QS Australian Universities World Rankings
|1||Australian National University||24||20||22|
|2||University of Melbourne||39||=41||42|
|3||University of Sydney||42||50||46|
|4||University of New South Wales||45||45||49|
|5||University of Queensland||48||=47||51|
|7||University of Western Australia||91||=93||102|
|8||University of Adelaide||114||=109||125|
|9||University of Technology Sydney||160||176||193|
|10||University of Newcastle||214||=224||245|
|11||University of Wollongong||218||232||218|
|12||Queensland University of Technology||244||=247||276|
|16||University of South Australia||264||=279||288|
|17||University of Tasmania||287||313||370|
|20||James Cook University||369||=367||340|
|21||Swinburne University of Technology||387||421-430||441-450|
|22||La Trobe University||397||360||386|
|25||Western Sydney University||498||551-600||551-600|
|=27||University of Canberra||601-650||551-600||551-600|
|=29||Charles Darwin University||651-700||651-700||551-600|
|=31||Edith Cowan University||751-800||751-800||701+|
|=31||University of Southern Queensland||751-800||751-800||701+|
|=33||Australian Catholic University||801-1000||801-1000||701+|
|=33||Charles Sturt University||801-1000||801-1000||701+|
|=33||Southern Cross University||801-1000||801-1000|
|=33||University of New England||801-1000||801-1000||701+|
|=33||University of the Sunshine Coast||801-1000||801-1000|
Source: QS World University Rankings (opens in new window)
The first of what was to become the QS ranking system was developed within the Times Higher Education Supplement (THE). The publisher contracted Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), an independent education and careers advice company, to collect the data and prepare the rankings. In 2009 THE decided to split with QS and develop their own ranking system, claiming that the QS system was not comprehensive enough and favoured science over the humanities as well as being too heavily biased in favour of English speaking institutions. However QS continued to publish its rankings and they remain popular throughout the world.
The particular measurements used by the QS ranking system are:
* 40% Academic peer review
* 20% Faculty student ratio
* 20% Citations per faculty
* 10% Recruiter review
* 10% International orientation
These categories seem a bit narrow but this does not seem to have harmed the popularity of the QS rankings with people more focused on the end result rather than how it is produced.