Sydney improves in latest world rankings

15 August 2012

The University of Sydney has again been rated among the world's top 100 universities, rising three places to 93 in thelatest Academic Rankings of World Universities.

Sydney is one of only five Australian universities ranked in the top 100 which this year is headed by universities in North America - Harvard University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley.

Sydney has also ranked highly in a number of individual disciplines - in the world's top 75 in engineering/technology and computer sciences and the world's top 100 in life and agriculture sciences, and in chemistry.

The University of Sydney has been steadily rising in this ranking, moving from 102 in 2006 to 93rd position this year.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities was first published in June 2003 by the Center for World-Class Universities and the Institute of Higher Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and is updated annually in August.

More than 1000 universities are ranked by ARWU every year, with the top 100 awarded an individual rank and the remainder published in bands of 50.

ARWU uses six key objective indicators to rank world universities, the two major ones being prestigious scientific and mathematics awards and scientific research output and citations. The ARWU methodology awards 30 percent to each university for alumni and staff who have a Nobel Prize or a Fields Medal. A further 60 percent is attributed to citations and articles in science and social science journals.

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