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Announced at the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit at the University of Melbourne, the rankings also place the University as second in the entire Asia-Pacific region, and number 33 in the world.
The rankings also recognised the University as one of the world’s best when it comes to research, rating more than three-times better than the median university score on this metric, and almost double the median score when it comes to citations.
The University is hosting this years Summit, the first time it has been held in Australia.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis, said the University’s consistently high performances in world rankings are very pleasing.
“The University wants to provide current and future generations with education and research equal to the best in the world. Results like this one show that we remain on the right path to achieving this goal.”
”Our performance in the research metrics is particularly pleasing, and reaffirms our decision to focus on raising the profile of the impact and scale of work we do in this area, both through the ‘Collision’ campaign and our new news platform Pursuit.”
“The essence of a university is its mission to both develop and share knowledge. As Vice-Chancellor, I am pleased we can, as an institution, lay claim to a ranking that reflects how importantly we take this mission.”
Now in its 12th year, the THE rankings are among the most comprehensive and prestigious in the global higher education sector.
This years result follows on from the University’s strong performance in the Times reputation rankings released in March, where the University placed number one in Australia for the fifth-straight year.