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Latest ARWU university rankings list us among best universities in the world

15 August 2016
We’re ranked one of the top universities in the world

The University of Sydney has cemented its place among the world’s top universities with a ranking of 82 in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said the result reflected the teaching and research excellence the University of Sydney had shown since it was established 160 years ago.

"We are delighted to be ranked among the best in the world, and we will continue to support our staff and students by investing in quality facilities, infrastructure, and collaborative research programs.

“Leadership is one of our core values, and we consistently produce graduates who make a difference to the world we live in,” Dr Spence said.

Released by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, the ARWU ranking considers more than 1200 universities worldwide. It publishes a top 500 list, specifying ranks only for the top 100.

The University of Sydney’s improvement in global ranking was due to a significant increase in the Highly Cited Researchers criterion.

Globally, the ARWU’s list of the world’s top 20 research universities for 2016 is largely unchanged from a year ago.

Harvard is again in the top spot, ahead of Stanford, U Cal Berkeley, Cambridge, MIT, Princeton, Oxford, Cal Tech, Columbia and the University of Chicago.

The US dominates the top 20 list with 15 entries, the UK has three (University College London, Oxford and Cambridge), while the remaining two are the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Tokyo University.

Find out more about our world university rankings.