ANU takes top spot in new university rankings
Mar 25, 2016 | News | by The Learning Press staff
Australian universities are among the top three in the world for the number of quality courses they offer, according to a new report.
The latest QS World University Rankings place Australia behind only the US and UK for the number of courses in which its universities are ranked in the top 50 globally.
For overall performance, Australia’s highest ranked university is the Australian National University (ANU) in equal 19th place.
Monash University's placing of equal fourth in pharmacy and pharmacology puts it top of all the Australian universities for course rankings.
ANU ranks seventh in anthropology and eighth in the three areas of archaeology, developmental studies and politics and international studies.
The University of Melbourne ranks equal seventh in education and eighth in law, while Sydney University ranks ninth for vet science and the University of Queensland places equal tenth for mining engineering.
The rankings are based on analysis of 113 million research paper citations, staff to student ratios, reputation among 76,800 academics and the opinion of 44,400 graduate employers.
With new disciplines added this year, all local universities have improved their performance from 2015.
“They take 52 top 20 places - a larger year-on-year share,” said QS in a statement.
“They take 6.15 per cent of available places, up from 5.95 per cent last year - only universities in the US and Britain take a greater share.”
Not surprisingly, Australia’s research-intensive group of eight universities - which also include The University of Western Australia, University of Adelaide and University of NSW - feature most strongly in the top-50 lists by subject.
Queensland University of Technology is the highest placed technology institution with 23 subjects ranked, while Curtin places 19th in minerals and mining engineering.
The QS rankings are designed to help students make informed comparisons of leading universities around the world.
The top two by ranking are the USA’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, with Stanford University and the UK’s Cambridge University equal third.
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