Australia now has more than half its public universities listed in a prestigious international ranking after Queensland University of Technology made the top 500 for the first time.
Melbourne University was again named Australia’s best university by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, being placed at 44th in the world for a second year in a row.
Making up four universities in the top 100, Melbourne was followed by Australian National University and the University of Queensland, both on 77, and the University of Western Australia on 87.
Australia now has 20 universities in the top 500, with its overall strong performance consolidated by three institutions — Curtin, Wollongong and Deakin — all making a significant move upwards in the Chinese-based ranking.
“For the first time Australia matches Canada and Italy and is well ahead of Japan which has ‘lost’ 18 universities in the top 500 since 2003. Japan originally had 36 institutions listed and was at the time by far the strongest performer among Asian countries,” Mr Sheil said.
Harvard was listed the world’s best university for the 13th year in a row. It was followed by Stanford, MIT, University of California Berkeley and Cambridge.
Top 100: Melbourne (44); ANU (=77); UQ (=77); UWA (87)
101-150: Monash, University of NSW; Sydney
201-300: Curtin*; Macquarie; Wollongong*
301-400: Deakin*; Flinders; Griffith; James Cook; Swinburne, Newcastle; University of Tasmania, UTS
* Indicates has moved up a category.
* Adapted from The Australian byJULIE HARE; August 16, 2015