Arts and Humanities soar in World University Rankings

8 October 2012

The University of Sydney
The University of Sydney was recognised among the top 25 universities in the world for arts and humanities.

For the seventh year running, the University of Sydney has been recognised among the top 25 universities in the world for the arts and humanities, according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

Ranked at number 21, the University of Sydney was among three Australian institutions to claim a spot in the top 50 universities in the world for arts and humanities, edging out the University of Melbourne (23) and just behind the Australian National University (18).

Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, believes the rankings stand testament to the faculty's continued strength in the field.

"Our goal is to be among the top faculties of our kind in the world and these results demonstrate that we are well on the way to achieving this," he said.

"Although you must always treat such ranking exercises with care, we are consistently ranked among the top universities in the world for the humanities and social sciences, and this is a extraordinary tribute to the work of my colleagues and the teaching and research being done in the faculty."

With the University of Sydney overall achieving a rank of 62, the placement of arts and humanities in the top 25 globally suggests this field is among the strongest at the University.

The recent THE results mirror the 2012 QS World University Rankings, released last month, which further confirm the robust status of arts and humanities at the University of Sydney. With a ranking of 24 overall in the field, the faculty's top subject areas in the QS rankings were: History (17), Communications and Media (22), Philosophy (27), Modern Languages (27) and English (28).

The annual THE World Rankings report provides a comprehensive snapshot of global universities' performance, judging institutions according to 13 key performance indicators across five areas including teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. Formerly THE and QS jointly provided their World University Rankings, until THE partnered with Thomson Reuters to release individual ranking results from 2010.

For the full results, visit the Times Higher Education website.

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