Australian University Rankings Guide

World Rankings of Australian Universities

World Rankings Australian University

World university ranking systems have become extremely popular over recent years with universities around the world basing entire marketing campaigns over a single positive element of one of the ranking results. Along with this students now confer almost magical status to the ranking systems without any consideration of how the results were arrived at or what exactly the results have to do with the area in which they want to study. Finally there are the developers and operators of the ranking systems themselves who rely on the aura they have all invested in to maintain a profitable global business which in some cases would otherwise not exist.

The four ranking systems selected here are the three main ones of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Times Higher Education Supplement (THE), and Shanghai Ranking Consultancy's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Along with this is the relative newcomer US News which has a long history of ranking universities within America and has recently branched out to include world rankings as part of its operations.

Australian Universities Within the Main World University Ranking Systems
AUUniversityQSTHEARWUUSN
1 University of Melbourne 39 32 39 26
2 Australian National University 24 48 97 69=
3 University of Sydney 42 61 83 34=
4 University of Queensland 48 65 55 45
5 Monash University 59 80 78 68
6 University of New South Wales 45 85 101+ 69=
7 University of Western Australia 91 111 91 88=
8 University of Adelaide 114 134 101+ 122
9 Macquarie University =250 251+ 151+ 234=
10 University of Newcastle 214 251+ 301+ 290=
11 University of Technology Sydney 160 201+ 301+ 260=
12 University of Wollongong 218 251+ 201+ 290=
13 Queensland University of Technology 244 201+ 201+ 274=
14 Deakin University 309 301+ 201+ 267=
15 RMIT University =250 401+ 401+ 426=
16 Curtin University =250 351+ 151+ 264
17 University of South Australia 264 201+ 501+ 400=
18 Griffith University 329 251+ 301+ 265=
19 James Cook University 369 201+ 301+ 253=
20 University of Tasmania 287 301+ 201+ 316=
21 Swinburne University of Technology 387 401+ 301+ 422=
22 La Trobe University 397 351+ 301+ 471=
23 Flinders University 478 301+ 401+ 422=
24 Bond University 443 501+
25 Charles Darwin University 651+ 301+ 768=
26 Murdoch University 591+ 401+ 701+ 607=
27 Western Sydney University 498 401+ 301+ 363=
28 University of Canberra 601+ 351+ 601+ 813=
29 Charles Sturt University 801+ 867
30 Edith Cowan University 751+ 501+ 689=
31 University of New England 801+ 701+ 686=
32 University of Southern Queensland 751+ 601+
33 Victoria University 651+ 301+ 643=
34 Southern Cross University 801+ 401+ 894=
35 CQUniversity 601+ 501+
36 Australian Catholic University 801+ 501+ 832=
37 University of the Sunshine Coast 801+ 501+

Key & Notes

* QS refers to the QS Australian Universities World University Rankings

* THE refers to the Times Higher Education Australian Universities Rankings

* ARWU refers to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities

* USN refers to the US News Australian Rankings

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