How Australian universities fare in global rankings


Year 12 students will already be thinking of what university they want to attend next year. Quite aside from the courses offered, the TER and other practicalities like location, parents may also turn to the various annual independent rankings to help choose where to study.

One of the most regarded rankings are The Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In their 2012 guide,  there were seven Australian universities in the Top 200.

Australia’s top ranking university, The University of Melbourne, is 37th, followed closely by ANU at 38th. The University of Sydney (58), University of Queensland (74), Monash University (117), University of NSW (173) and the University of Western Australia (189) complete our line-up.

What rankings are based on

The Times rankings employ 13 performance indicators designed to capture the full range of university activities, from teaching to research to knowledge transfer. These 13 elements are brought together into five headline categories, which are:

  • Teaching — the learning environment (worth 30 per cent of the overall ranking score)
  • Research — volume, income and reputation (worth 30 per cent)
  • Citations — research influence (worth 30 per cent)
  • Industry income — innovation (worth 2.5 per cent)
  • International outlook — staff, students and research (worth 7.5 per cent).

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