Australian University Rankings Guide

QS Australian Universities World Rankings

QS Australia Rankings University
QS Australian Universities World Rankings
Aus
Rank
UniversityQS Rank
2017
QS Rank
2016
QS Rank
2015
1 Australian National University 20 22 19
2 University of Melbourne =41 42 42
3 University of New South Wales 45 49 46
4 University of Queensland =47 51 46
5 University of Sydney 50 46 45
6 Monash University 60 65 67
7 University of Western Australia =93 102 98
8 University of Adelaide =109 125 113
9 University of Technology Sydney 176 193 218
10 University of Newcastle =224 245 256
11 University of Wollongong 232 218 243
12 Macquarie University =240 247 229
=13 Queensland University of Technology =247 276 263
=13 RMIT University =247 252 273
15 Curtin University 262 306 284
16 University of South Australia =279 288 288
17 Deakin University =293 355 324
18 University of Tasmania 313 370 379
19 Griffith University =325 336 329
20 La Trobe University 360 386 394
21 James Cook University =367 340 387
22 Swinburne University of Technology 421-430 441-450 501-550
23 Bond University 431-440 461-470 501-550
24 Murdoch University 501-550 501-550 551-600
=25 Flinders University 551-600 551-600 501-550
=25 University of Canberra 551-600 551-600 551-600
=25 Western Sydney University 551-600 551-600 651-700
28 CQUniversity 601-650 601-650
29 Charles Darwin University 651-700 551-600 551-600
30 Victoria University 701-750 651-700 601-650
=31 Edith Cowan University 751-800 701+ 701+
=31 University of Southern Queensland 751-800 701+ 701+
=33 Australian Catholic University 801-1000 701+
=33 Charles Sturt University 801-1000 701+ 701+
=33 Southern Cross University 801-1000
=33 University of New England 801-1000 701+ 651-700
=33 University of the Sunshine Coast 801-1000

Source: QS World University Rankings (opens in new window)

The first of what was to become the QS ranking system was developed within the Times Higher Education Supplement (THE). The publisher contracted Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), an independent education and careers advice company, to collect the data and prepare the rankings. In 2009 THE decided to split with QS and develop their own ranking system, claiming that the QS system was not comprehensive enough and favoured science over the humanities as well as being too heavily biased in favour of English speaking institutions. However QS continued to publish its rankings and they remain popular throughout the world.

The particular measurements used by the QS ranking system are:

* 40% Academic peer review

* 20% Faculty student ratio

* 20% Citations per faculty

* 10% Recruiter review

* 10% International orientation

These categories seem a bit narrow but this does not seem to have harmed the popularity of the QS rankings with people more focused on the end result rather than how it is produced.

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