Arts and Humanities rise in World University Rankings

11 October 2013

Arts and Humanities
"The University of Sydney"

The University of Sydney has maintained its place among the top 25 universities in the world in humanities and social sciences for the eighth year running, according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

Moving up one place from last year to number 20 in arts and humanities, the University of Sydney is one of three Australian universities to make the top 20 coming in just behind Australian National University (15) and the University of Melbourne (13).

"I am delighted that our Faculty continues to rank among the very best faculties of our kind in the world - ranked at 20 in the world in arts and humanities and at 33 for the social sciences" states Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

"Although we must always treat these ranking exercises with care given their often volatile nature, to perform as strongly as we have over the past five years is a great tribute to our extraordinary staff".

The arts, humanities and social sciences also experienced a boost in the 2013 QS World University Rankings. The University of Sydney jumped four places to number 20, with English (12), History (12) and Media and Communications (16) ranked in the top 20, and Government and International Relations, Economy, Philosophy and Modern Languages all ranked within the top 50.

The annual THE world rankings employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to compare the top world universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

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