QS ranking success: enjoy it while it lasts

QS adds to the (differently derived) evidence in the Shanghai subjects and Leiden research rankings, that pre-pandemic Australian unis enjoyed an absolute Sinatra of very good years

The new QS rankings (ignore the 2022 branding, they are not from the future) are released this morning.

At the top of the heap there is marginal movement for locals in the global top 100, with seven of the Group of Eight moving up or down (mainly up) by a couple of places. ANU is first at =27th in the world, up from =31st last year. Uni Adelaide is the Eight’s outlier, at 108, down two places on last year.

And for plaudits of peers, Uni Melbourne really rates – 17th in the world in a reputation survey of academics.

All up, 37 Australian universities make the world first 1300, with 25 either improving their position or stable.

But much of the success may not last. QS reports that eight Aus unis had perfect scores for international faculty and twelve rated 80 per cent or above for international student ratios – and the latter won’t be as good next year. The research that international fees funded also supports Australian scores – eleven of the world top 100 by citations per faculty are locals. UWA is 40th and UNSW is 44th.

Tomorrow Angel Calderon dissects what QS means in (really detailed) detail