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Sydney tops university rankings for research impact

19 May 2017
Number one in Australia and 29 in the world

The University of Sydney is ranked number one in Australia and 29 in the world in terms of research impact, according to the 2017 CWTS Leiden Rankings.

Based on bibliographic data from the Web of Science scientific citation index, the Leiden Rankings analysed the scientific performance of more than 900 major universities from 54 countries.

The Rankings focus on the scientific impact of universities, as well as their involvement in scientific collaboration.

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and principal Dr Michael Spence said it was an honour to be ranked among the world’s most respected research institutions.

“These rankings are an important measure of the high standard of research that the University continues to deliver,” Dr Spence said.

“It also confirms our quest to ensure our researchers are supported to publish in research journals. While only one of our key criterion, it remains important to us.”

Leiden ranked Harvard as the best university, followed by the University of Toronto in Canada, Zhejiang University (China), University of Michigan (US) and Shanghai Jaio Tong (China).

Australia had 16 universities in the top 500 based on the quantity of research that they produce.

The full Leiden rankings can be viewed here.