Architecture/Built Environment at Sydney Uni already 1st in Australia and rises to 15th globally

8 March 2017

Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Sydney retains the number one spot in Australia for the second year and moves up two places to 15th globally, following the release of 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject today.

Regarded as the most comprehensive global comparison of universities on individual subjects, the prestigious rankings reaffirm the University of Sydney’s position as a global leader in research and education.

Professor John Redmond, Dean of the University of Sydney’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning said: “The results of the QS rankings reflect the high calibre of staff we have teaching our degrees and driving our research, which has continued to go from strength to strength in recent years.

“We are devoted to addressing society’s big problems and opportunities in architecture and the built environment through our research, and shaping graduates that will lead our profession in this rapidly-changing world. We are in great shape for celebrating the school’s centenary in 2018,” said Professor Redmond.

The 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject evaluated 46 disciplines - highlighting the world’s top-performing universities in each academic area. The annual rankings score universities around the world on their academic and employer reputations, citations per paper and their H-index*, which is based on the institution’s most cited papers and the number of citations that the institution receives in other publications in a given subject.

In addition to Architecture/Built Environment, the University of Sydney ranked number one in medicine, English language and literature, anatomy and physiology, veterinary sciences and sports-related subjects, for which the University placed number one in the world. Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton said the results are outstanding and cements the University of Sydney in the top one per cent of universities world-wide.

“The breadth and depth of disciplines at the University of Sydney is unparalleled in Australia and we are proud that so many have been recognised for their quality internationally.

“We aspire to be the best education and research institution in Australia and among the best in the world. Sydney is home to some of the world’s best and brightest students and researchers,” said Professor Garton.

Professor Garton says the University would continue to strive for excellence with a bold plan to transform the undergraduate experience and an unprecedented investment in research that will see the tripling of current investment, new funding programs to support researchers to test new ideas, and world-class facilities for conducting research.

See where the University of Sydney is placed in world university rankings.