Sydney holds its own among the world's best.

14 October 2008

The University of Sydney has been ranked second in Australia and among the top 40 in the world in the latest Times Higher Education rankings.

With a ranking this year of 37, Sydney has strengthened its position in relation to other Australian universities.

"The University of Sydney is Australia's oldest, and has a long-standing commitment to excellence," commented the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, in an article in Times Higher Education entitled, "World beaters: but what makes these universities special?"

In all, only seven Australian universities have made it into the top 100 in the prestigious THE-QS World University Ranking.

Topping the list this year are Harvard and Yale, followed by the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford in third and fourth position. The Australian National University was ranked at 16.

Dr Spence said maintaining a position in the top 40 was pleasing, especially in a climate where it is difficult for Australian universities to compete in international rankings when compared to extremely well resourced overseas universities in the UK, US and Asia.

In this year's top 100 universities, 20 countries are represented, with Israel listed for the first time. Whilst North America dominates with 42 universities, Europe and Asia Pacific are well represented with 36 and 22 respectively.

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