Australian University Rankings Guide

QS Australian Universities World Rankings

QS Australia Rankings University
QS Australian Universities World Rankings
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Rank
UniversityQS Rank
2020
QS Rank
2019
QS Rank
2018
1 Australian National University 29 24 20
2 University of Melbourne 38 39 =41
3 University of Sydney 42 42 50
4 University of New South Wales 43 45 45
5 University of Queensland 47 48 =47
6 Monash University 58 59 60
7 University of Western Australia 86 91 =93
8 University of Adelaide 106 114 =109
9 University of Technology Sydney 140 160 176
10 University of Newcastle 207 214 =224
11 University of Wollongong 212 218 232
12 Queensland University of Technology 224 244 =247
13 Curtin University 230 =250 262
14 Macquarie University 237 =250 =240
15 RMIT University 238 =250 =247
16 Deakin University 271 309 =293
17 University of South Australia 274 264 =279
18 University of Tasmania 291 287 313
19 Griffith University 320 329 =325
20 James Cook University 377 369 =367
21 Swinburne University of Technology 383 387 421-430
22 La Trobe University 400 397 360
23 Flinders University 424 478 551-600
24 Bond University 442 443 431-440
25 Western Sydney University 468 498 551-600
26 University of Canberra 484 601-650 551-600
27 Murdoch University 571-580 591-600 501-550
=28 CQUniversity 601-650 601-650 601-650
=28 Victoria University 601-650 651-700 701-750
=30 Charles Darwin University 651-700 651-700 651-700
=30 Edith Cowan University 651-700 751-800 751-800
=32 Southern Cross University 751-800 801-1000 801-1000
=32 University of Southern Queensland 751-800 751-800 751-800
=34 Australian Catholic University 801-1000 801-1000 801-1000
=34 University of New England 801-1000 801-1000 801-1000
- Charles Sturt University - 801-1000 801-1000
- University of the Sunshine Coast - 801-1000 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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