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Sydney jumps eight places in latest global rankings

7 June 2018
Improvements in citations and employer reputation boost standing
The University of Sydney now ranks 42nd globally and third nationally in the 2019 QS World University Rankings.
Image of the Quadrangle taken from a drone


The University of Sydney has risen to place 42nd globally and third nationally in the 2019 QS World University Rankings. It is the top-ranked university in New South Wales.

The University has ranked in the QS rankings’ top 50 since they began in 2004 and risen eight places in the latest survey.

“Once again, these rankings place the University among the top one percent of universities globally. They acknowledge the high quality of our research and education as reflected in our excellent performance across multiple disciplines,” said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison.

An improvement in the University’s citations per faculty has boosted the University’s standing.  Notable increases in citations occurred in the:

  • Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning
  • School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • History & Philosophy of Science
  • School of Electrical & Information Engineering
  • School of Literature, Art & Media
  • School of Geosciences
  • School of Psychology

Among the research from the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering is the work by Dr Dale McClure investigating how microalgae can turn wastewater from fish farming into a valuable compound, and Associate Professor Jun Huang’s research developing new catalysts to ensure ‘greener’, more sustainable fuels.

Research into digital rights and Dr Alana Mann’s involvement in a project addressing food insecurity highlight the diversity of research coming out of the School of Literature, Arts and Media.

Once again, these rankings place the University among the top one percent of universities globally
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison

The University’s improved standing among employers – as measured by the employer reputation metric – has contributed to our success in this ranking. This measure is created by asking employers to identify institutions from which they source the most competent, innovative and effective graduates. The University last year ranked fourth in the global QS Graduate Employability Rankings and, for the third year running, first in Australia.

“Our students are taught by world-class researchers and leave the university well placed to find work that is both fulfilling and in demand by employers,” Professor Ivison said.

On academic reputation, which holds the highest weighting of QS ranking metrics, the University retained its strong position. It holds 25th place on this measure.

QS ranked three US institutions as the top three in the world with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in first place, followed by Stanford University in second and Harvard University in third.

The QS rankings are determined by six factors: academic reputation, faculty student ratio, employer reputation, citations per faculty, international faculty and international students.