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Australian universities perform well in Times Higher Education rankings
Global university rankings have placed four Australian universities in the top 100 across categories that include teaching quality, international outlook and research citations, as well as reputation of research and teaching.
The rankings have emerged from an annual report published by Britain’s Times Higher Education, which produces two rankings each academic year:
- A general ranking, which analyses universities on the basis of teaching quality, international outlook, industry income, research and citations.
- A research and teaching reputation ranking, which asks academics across the world to name universities they believe to have a strong reputation in their practising field.
The general ranking placed Australian universities as follows.
- The University of Melbourne — 37
- The Australian National University (ANU) — 38
- The University of Sydney — 58
- The University of Queensland (UQ) — 74
A total of 22 Australian universities feature in the global rank.
Rankings for reputation of teaching and research told a similar story, with the University of Melbourne at 43, ANU at 44, the University of Sydney at 50 and UQ placed in the 71–80 bracket.
Each university improved on its standing in the 2011 rankings, and, notably, UQ has entered the top 100 for the first time.
Australian universities also performed well in specialised field of study rankings. The field of arts and humanities produced particularly favourable results, with three universities ranked in the top 20 — ANU (4), the University of Melbourne (18) and the University of Sydney (19). Clinical, pre-clinical and health studies also saw a number of Australian universities placed in the top 50 — the University of Melbourne (14), the University of Sydney (24), Monash University (33) and UQ (42).
See the full World University Rankings 2011–2012 report for more information.