Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.
University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis said the result is a testament to the University’s continued focus on research excellence and the highest quality education.
“Our vision as a university is to deliver excellent education and to combine this with world-leading research,” Professor Davis said.
“This focus has enabled us to be ranked number one in Australia and number three in the Asia-Pacific region – a position that we’re extremely proud to achieve.”
The University has continued to rise in the ARWU – climbing six positions in just four years – and is one of the fastest-moving universities in the world in the top 100.
It is the only Australian university in the top 40 rankings, and it is the eighth successive year that the University has been ranked number one in Australia.
The ARWU is based on six objective indicators, which include the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of Highly Cited Researchers, the number of articles published in the journals of Nature and Science, the number of articles indexed in the Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance.
“For more than a decade the University has pursued its Growing Esteem strategy, with the aim of making Melbourne one of the top 40 research universities in the world,” Professor Davis said.
“We take pride in achieving that goal, with all the benefits for our community and world that great research delivers.”