Four Australian universities have appeared in the top 100 in the latest world rankings, with the nation’s top-ranked university moving up 25 places since last year.
The University of Melbourne has edged out the University of Sydney as the highest-ranked Australian university in the latest Centre for World University Rankings list with the two Group of Eight institutions placed at 57 and 71 respectively.
The Melbourne institution improved its ranking from 82 in last year’s list while the University of Sydney jumped up three spots from 74.
The University of NSW, Monash University, the University of Western Australia, the University of Adelaide and Queensland University of Technology are also in the top 300.
A total of 25 Australian universities are included in the rankings, which are comprised of the top 1000 universities from 61 countries.
Of these, 23 have improved their rankings compared to last year, with some such as ANU moving up more than 80 places.
The US has the most universities appearing on the list, with a total of 213 institutions in the top 1000, followed by China with 108 universities, the UK with 62 and France with 58.
The overall top-ranked universities are Harvard, Stanford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.
The ranking looks at international recognition of university alumni, the number of alumni who have held chief executive positions, international recognition of academics, research output, the quality and influence of research papers, and citations, with research factors accounting for 70 per cent of each university’s score.
“A key factor in the rankings is research, and the Australian institutions, despite their rise in the league tables this year, will find it difficult to compete in the future with top American and European research-intensive universities if the government does not increase its spending on scientific research,” CWUR’s president Nadim Mahassen said.
The Australian universities at the top of the CWUR index have also gotten the nod from a number of other international rankings, including last year’s Times Higher Education rankings and the latest QS Graduate Employability Rankings, which named the University of Sydney as fourth in the world for job outcomes.
However, a number of smaller universities have recently performed more strongly in Australian rankings that focus on broader employment outcomes and student experience.
The University of Divinity, the University of Notre Dame, Bond University and the University of the Sunshine Coast were the highest ranked for student satisfaction, the federal education department’s latest student experience survey found.
Charles Sturt University, Charles Darwin University, Notre Dame University and the University of New England were the top-ranked institutions in Australia for the proportion of graduates who found full-time work within four months of completing their degrees and for graduate starting salaries, according to last year’s Good Universities Guide.
To see how other universities performed in the 2018 Good Universities Guide Ratings, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.
This article originally appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald – Four Australian universities lead in new global ranking