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Four Australian universities in top 100: Academic Ranking of World Universities

FOUR Australian universities are amongst the world’s top 100 universities according to Shanghai Jiaotong University’s 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Darren Boon reports.

The University of Melbourne's Old Arts Building. Photo: Polly clip via Wikimedia Commons

The University of Melbourne’s Old Arts Building. Photo: Polly clip via Wikimedia Commons

The University of Melbourne (44), Australian National University (74), the University of Queensland (85) and the University of Western Australia (88) are among the top 100 world universities according to Shanghai Jiaotong University’s 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

A total of 19 Australian universities are on the list, which ranks a total of 500 universities. The rankings are decided based on quality of education, quality of faculties, research output and per capita performance.

The University of Sydney, Monash University, and the University of New South Wales were ranked in the 101-150 range while the University of Adelaide was ranked in the 151-200 range.

The top 200 universities in various subject areas such as economics/business, computer science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, social science, clinical medicine and pharmacy, life and agriculture science, engineering/technology and computer sciences as well as natural sciences and mathematics, were also named.

The University of Melbourne (50) was the top Australian university for economics/business. The University of New South Wales and Monash University also made it to the top 100 ranks.

Six Australian Universities were ranked in the 101-150 range for computer science.

Monash University (45) was named the top Australian university for chemistry while Australian National University (32) was the top Australian university for physics. The University of Sydney was ranked within the top 100 universities for both chemistry and physics. Swinburne University of Technology was named one of the top 100 universities for physics.

The University of Melbourne and the University of New South Wales were within the top 100 universities for mathematics.

The University of Melbourne, Monash University, Australian National University, the University of Queensland, and the University of Sydney were placed within the top 100 for social science.

The University of Melbourne was also ranked 32 for clinical medicine and pharmacy with four other Australian universities emerging in the top 100.

Australian universities did well in life and agriculture science with the University of Western Australia at 24, the University of Melbourne at 30, and the University of Queensland at 37. The Australian National University was also placed within the top 100.

The University of New South Wales was ranked 42 in engineering/technology and computer sciences, followed by the University of Melbourne at 44. Monash University and the University of Queensland also made it to the top 100 list.

The Australian National University was the only university to emerge in the top 100 universities in the natural sciences and mathematics rankings.

The top university for the Asia-Pacific region in 2014 is the University of Tokyo.

A full list is available at the Academic Ranking of World Universities website.

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  1. Oh RMIT, where fore art thou?

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