New ARWU Ranking puts six Australian Universities in the top 100

Six Australian universities made the top 100 best global research institutions in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released this month.

Monash University and the University of Sydney were two newcomers to the top 100, joining the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Western Australia and Australian National University.

The ARWU Rankings are based purely on a university’s research performance – counting research publications produced by the different universities within the last decade. This methodology has been updated recently (previously citations dating back as far as 1891 were included in the count), so this year’s ranking offers a more rounded view of the current research conducted at universities around the world.

Overall 23 Australian universities have been listed amongst the top 500 universities in the world, including some of the ‘younger’ universities – James Cook University, Griffith University and Flinders University. Flinders is just celebrating its 50th birthday this year.

According to Tony Sheil, deputy director of the office for research at Griffith University, these results show that you get a consistently good university education in Australia: "The rankings show that Australia has a good top end, and middle end, meaning that quality runs deeply across the sector."

While the US had 50 universities in the top 100, the UK featured the second highest with eight universities, and Australia comes in third place with the total of six. You can see the full current Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) on their website here.

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