UNSW cracks the ARWU ton

The Academic Ranking of World Universities was announced last night

UNSW’s lift was small, but oh so symbolic. While university ranks outside the top global 100 are released in bands, last year Vice Chancellor Ian Jacobs, said on UNSW’s reading of the data it was at 102nd (CMM August 15 2018). This year it is 94th in the world, leaving Uni Adelaide (100-150) the only Group of Eight institution outside the world’s first 100.

Last year Professor Jacobs told staff; “we are all aware of the shortcomings of these sorts of rankings and there is of course so much more to our strategy than where we stand in global research-based rankings. … Nevertheless, the global rankings are an important indicator of our standing among the leading and most prestigious universities worldwide.” CMM anticipates a positive message today.

The positions of the other Go8 members approximate last year. Uni Melbourne is first in-country at 41 (down three on 2018), followed by Uni Queensland at 54th, up from 55th – where it was last year and in 2017. Monash U follows at 73rd – a big lift on is 91st position last year, although this appeared anomalous, as it was 78th in 2017 and 79th in 2016.

ANU is 76th this year (69th in 2018), Uni Sydney is equal 80th (down from 68th) and UWA just hangs on at 99th, down from 93rd.

After Uni Adelaide, the next Australian entrants are all in the 201 – 300 band – Curtin U (down from 151-150 last year) and Deakin U, James Cook U, Macquarie U, U Tas, UTS and Uni Wollongong.

The ARWU is based on research performance based on publication and academic honours.


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