Australian universities among world’s best
Five Australian universities are among the world’s 100 best tertiary institutions, according to new rankings.
FIVE Australian universities are among the world’s 100 best tertiary institutions, according to new rankings.
The University of Melbourne, Australian National University, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney and the University of Western Australia are among the top 100 in the latest Academic Rankings of World Universities, published on Wednesday.
In the top 500, Australia had 19 of its 37 universities listed.
The sector’s peak body, Universities Australia, said the nation had the third highest number of universities in the list.
Australia was one of just two countries to increase the number of universities included in the list from 2011.
“This is an outstanding result for Australia and demonstrates the nation’s commitment to having a world-class university system providing teaching and research at the highest levels,” chief executive Belinda Robinson said in a statement.
Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans said the result showed the Labor government’s investment in universities was paying off.
“This is an outstanding result when you consider that the top two countries have significantly more universities than Australia’s 37,” he said, pointing out there were 4495 universities in the US and 115 in Britain.
“The Gillard government’s effort to build a world class higher education system for Australians has now received global recognition and success.” – AAP