1st in Australia, 17th globally for Architecture/Built Environment at the University of Sydney

22 March 2016

The 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject released today sees the University of Sydney take the number one position in Australia and 17th in the world in the architecture and built environment disciplines.

The prestigious rankings, which are regarded as the most comprehensive global comparison of universities at individual subject level, cements the University of Sydney's position as a global leader in research and educational excellence.

Professor John Redmond, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney says the results reflect the increased focus on high quality teaching, student experience and excellent research within the Faculty in recent years.

"Over the last few years we have worked really hard to hone our teaching capabilities, improve the student experience, and expand our research impact locally and internationally. These rankings reflect the energy that is mounting in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney," he said.

The QS rankings evaluated 4,226 universities, qualified 2,691 universities and ranked the top 945 institutions. The process included analysing more than 113 million citations, and verifying more than 15,530 programs.

Overall, four University of Sydney disciplines - Veterinary Science, Nursing, Medicine and Architecture/Built Environment - ranked number one in Australia and 32 disciplines ranked in the top 50 globally, of which nine ranked in the top 20.

Across the board, the University of Sydney ranked among the world's elite institutions, with 41 of the 42 subjects assessed achieving a rating in the top 100 globally.

Vice-ChancellorDr Michael Spence said it was very pleasing to see the University of Sydney show global leadership in the latest world rankings.

"The results confirm Sydney's place among the world's top research and educational institutions, and are testament to the hard work and distinction of our staff, students and alumni.

"The University of Sydney has maintained its excellence in the face of increasing competition on the world stage, and continues to demonstrate strength across its diverse breadth of academic areas."