Melbourne first in Australia, 33 in the world
The University of Melbourne has been ranked number one in Australia for the fifth year in a row in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
Melbourne is ranked 33 in the world this year, moving up from 34 last year.
University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis welcomed the announcement and said it reflected the international esteem in which Melbourne’s research and teaching and learning were held.
“It is pleasing to note that generally speaking Melbourne continues to trend upwards in international league tables and is consistently ranked number one in Australia,” he said.
“While rankings are not the only indicator of the success of an institution, they do provide a benchmark to gauge how we are viewed against our international peers. And ideally the things that help you rise in rankings are the things that should be worth doing in themselves to provide students with the best education possible and the community with research outcomes that have a real impact on addressing society’s grand challenges.
“Melbourne’s position in this and other rankings is the result of a sustained effort from staff across the university to continually deliver outstanding research and curriculum.”
The university’s rise was part of a national trend, which saw 20 Australian universities ranked in the top 400.
Professor Davis said it was pleasing to see that Australia’s universities had performed strongly overall.
“Australia’s reputation is high in the higher education sector internationally and this appears to be well reflected in the latest league table,” he said.
The 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 were developed in partnership with Thomson Reuters.
This week, Times Higher Education announced the 2015 World Academic Summit would be held in Melbourne in partnership with the University of Melbourne. The prestigious summit is the flagship event for the Times Higher Education and includes a two-day conference and the announcement of the THE annual rankings.