The rise of Asian universities is pushing Australian institutions down the world reputation ladder
May 09, 2016 | News | by The Learning Press staff
Australia has lost ground in a new ranking of university reputations as the standing of Asian institutions gains traction among the world’s academics.
Only three Australian universities made the top 100 in the latest reputation ranking by Times Higher Education compared with five last year.
The ranking should not be confused with the organisation’s more significant yearly ranking of best universities, which is formed from analysis of 13 key performance indicators and contains six Australian universities in the top 100.
The reputation rankings are instead formed from an invitation-only opinion survey of 10,000 academics from 133 countries and are designed to provide “the definitive list of the top 100 most powerful global university brands”.
Asian universities took 18 spots in the top 100 for 2016, compared with ten last year.
While the University of Melbourne (equal 49th), the Australian National University and the University of Sydney (both in the 61-70 group) all made it into the top 100, each lost ground in 2016.
The University of Queensland and Melbourne’s Monash University were both squeezed out of the top 100.
Rankings editor Phil Baty said universities in China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea were enjoying enhanced international reputations.
"Our evidence, from six massive global surveys over six years, proves that the balance of power in higher education and research is slowly shifting from the West to the East," he said.
The rise of Asian universities reflects the amount of money being invested in higher education and a sharpened focus on research efforts.
US and UK universities continued to dominate the top rankings as below:
The Times Higher Education rankings should not be confused with the rival QS rankings, which list the world’s best universities in a different order using differing judgement criteria.