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Melbourne ranked 28 in the prestigious rankings this year, up from 37 last year, and ranked number two in the Asia region.
University of Melbourne Provost Professor Margaret Sheil welcomed the announcement and Melbourne’s sustained rise among its international peers.
“Breaking into the top 30 universities in the world is a significant achievement built on our strategy aimed at producing globally competitive research, the provision of internationally recognised degree programs and engagement locally and internationally,” Professor Sheil said.
“Fundamentally, however, this is a testament to the high calibre of the work staff undertake every day.”
The rankings use 13 indicators addressing the quality of teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook to assess the top universities around the world. They have been developed in partnership with Thomson Reuters.
Australia saw the third biggest ranking improvement in the world, with its top 200 institutions rising an average of 15 places.
The California Institute of Technology was the number one ranked university, followed by Oxford and Stanford, which share second place, and Harvard.
The rankings come after the University of Melbourne was ranked number one in Australia and 57 in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities and number 36 in the world in the QS rankings, released earlier this year.
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