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We're ranked in the top 100 globally in all the leading world university rankings, including QS, Times Higher Education, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

What are university rankings?

As the name suggests, university rankings rank universities. However, each ranking organisation measures institutions in different ways, using different criteria, and different weightings of similar criteria.

Rankings can take into account research quality and revenue, surveys of academics and employers, staff-student ratios, and statistics on demographics such as the number of international students.

The three major global rankings are:

  • QS World University Rankings
  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Key indicators

  • Academic reputation (40%)
  • Citations per faculty (20%)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio (20%)
  • Employer reputation (10%)
  • International faculty ratio (5%)
  • International student ratio (5%)

Key indicators:

  • Teaching (30%)
  • Research (30%)
  • Research citations (30%)
  • International outlook
  • Industry income (2.5%)

Key indicators:

  • number of alumni winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (10%)
  • number of staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (20%)
  • number of highly cited researchers in 21 broad subject categories (20%)
  • number of articles published in Nature and Science (20%)
  • number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index (20%)
  • per capita academic performance of an institution (10%).

US News uses 12 indicators ranging from research reputation and PhD statistics to highly cited papers statistics and international collaboration. It also includes other bibliometric statistics on publications, citations, books and conferences.

Facts & figures

QS subject rankings

  • Veterinary Science #1 in Australia and #9 in the world
  • Medicine #1 in Australia and #17 in the world
  • Nursing #1 in Australia and #13 in the world
  • Architecture/Built Environment #1 in Australia and #17 in the world

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Financial Times global university rankings

  • Master of Management #1 in Australia, #4 in Asia, #44 in the world

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Thomson Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities

  • #1 #1 in Australia and #28 in the world

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Graduate and employablity rankings

  • QS graduate rankings #1 in Australia and #4 in the world
  • Times global employability rankings #1 in NSW and #49 in the world