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.
Provost Professor Margaret Sheil congratulated all the staff and students who had contributed to the University of Melbourne being the only Australian university to improve its position.
“This significant achievement reflects the impact of our success in attracting non-traditional forms of research funding and international outreach, coupled with considerable investment in research and teaching and learning,” said Professor Sheil.
“We cannot rest on our laurels, though. These rankings confirm the trend seen in the recent overall World University Rankings – the fast growth of our regional neighbours.
“Australian universities cannot afford to be complacent, especially amid current uncertainty around the future of our higher education system,” she added.
The Arts and Humanities subject ranking highlights leading universities in art, performing arts, languages, history, philosophy, theology, architecture and archaeology.
In 2018, the subject ranking has expanded to include 400 institutions. 25 Australian universities are now represented, with ten in the top 200.