THE Top 10 Universities in Australia

According the World University Rankings, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s best institution, followed closely by Australian National University, University of Queensland and University of Sydney.
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The top universities in Australia have been released for 2017 by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. Australian Universities continue to perform well on the global stage, with 6 of our institutions making it into the top 100.

According the World University Rankings, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s best institution, followed closely by Australian National University, University of Queensland and University of Sydney.

THE top 10 Universities in Australia

University Name

Australia Rank 2017

World Rank 2017

University of Melbourne

1

33

Australian National University

2

47

University of Queensland

=3

60

University of Sydney

=3

60

Monash University

5

74

University of New South Wales

6

78

University of Western Australia

7

125

University of Adelaide

8

142

University of Newcastle

=9

201-250

Queensland University of Technology

=9

201-250

There are several global university ranking systems, such as the QS World University Rankings and the CWUR World University Rankings, but the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings is generally considered as the authoritative source on university rankings. The methodology behind THE’s ranking system changes slightly each year, but has been relatively consistent since the 2011-12 publication. It breaks down university performance into 5 areas:

  • Teaching (the learning environment): 30%
  • Research (volume, income and reputation): 30%
  • Citations (research influence): 30%
  • International outlook (staff, students and research): 7.5%
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer): 2.5%

THE World University Rankings have received criticism for the emphasis it places on research (Research and Citations make up 60% of the score) as opposed to teaching performance (which makes up only 30%). Most students don’t go onto become researchers, so the quantity and quality of a university’s publications are relatively unimportant.

For students wishing to compare universities based on other metrics, the Australian Government publishes data on through the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website. Universities can be compared based on:

  • Student Experience
  • Graduate Employment
  • Graduate Satisfaction
  • Employer Satisfaction

THE Universities in Australia - full list

University Name

Australia Rank 2017

World Rank 2017

University of Melbourne

1

33

Australian National University

2

47

University of Queensland

=3

60

University of Sydney

=3

60

Monash University

5

74

University of New South Wales

6

78

University of Western Australia

7

125

University of Adelaide

8

142

University of Newcastle

=9

201-250

Queensland University of Technology

=9

201-250

Charles Darwin University

=11

251-300

Deakin University

=11

251-300

Griffith University

=11

251-300

James Cook University

=11

251-300

Macquarie University

=11

251-300

University of South Australia

=11

251-300

University of Technology, Sydney

=11

251-300

University of Wollongong

=11

251-300

University of Tasmania

19

201-350

Flinders University

=20

201-350

La Trobe University

=20

201-350

Swinburne University of Technology

=20

201-350

Victoria University

=20

201-350

University of Canberra

=24

401-500

Central Queensland University

=24

401-500

Curtin University

=24

401-500

Murdoch University

=24

401-500

RMIT University

=24

401-500

Western Sydney University

=24

401-500

Bond University

=30

501-600

Edith Cowan University

=30

501-600

Southern Cross University

=30

501-600

University of the Sunshine Coast

=30

501-600

Australian Catholic University

=34

501-600

University of Southern Queensland

=34

501-600