Following the national release of The Good Universities Guide 2017 in August, full results for both the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings have now been released.
Australian Universities feature in the top 100 for both lists.
QS World University Rankings 2016/17
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016
Australian National University
University of Melbourne
University of Sydney
University of New South Wales
The University of Queensland
In both THE and QS reports, six Australian universities upheld their positions on the global top 100 list, with two of Australia's group of eight universities managing to climb rankings ladder. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings now places the University of New South Wales at =78th up from 82nd and Australian National University 47th up from 52nd.
Both ranking systems have comprehensive methodologies to assess different aspects of a university's function.
QS World University Rankings' criteria
- Academic reputation
- Employer reputation
- Student-faculty ratio
- Research citations per faculty
- International faculty ratio
- International student ratio
For more information on QS's ranking methodology, see here.
Times Higher Education World University Rankings' criteria
- Teaching (learning environment)
- Research (Volume, income and reputation)
- Citations (research influence)
- International outlook (staff, students and research)
- Industry income (knowledge transfer)
For more information on THE's ranking methodology, see here.
These rankings follow on from The Economist Intelligence Unit's global liveability ranking report released last month. Three Australian cities — Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth — made it to the top 10 liveability list, with Melbourne coming in first, retaining its title as the world's most liveable city for the sixth year in a row.
Despite their top 10 liveability rankings, neither Perth nor Adelaide have universities in the world university rankings' top 100. This contrasts with Western Australia's strong showing in The Good Universities Guide 2017, with Edith Cowan University, Notre Dame Australia, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia posting strong results in a number of categories including Learner Engagement, Skills Development and Median Salary. The Good Universities Guide provides thorough ratings and assesses Australian universities across a number of categories, highlighting the individual strengths of different institutions around the country. This provides a more comprehensive outlook on Australian higher education.