University of Sydney named in top 50 universities in the world

19 September 2014

The University of Sydney has again been named in the top 50 universities in the world, with a formal ranking of 37 in the latest QS World University Rankings.

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The result confirms Sydney’s place among the world’s leading research and educational institutions. It also underscores the university’s consistent strength among its peers over the past decade, despite the increasingly intense competition in the global higher education sector.
Reflecting the diversity of excellence at Sydney, the university’s discipline areas were all ranked in the top 50, including 19 in Life Sciences and Medicine, 21 in Arts and Humanities, 23 in Social Sciences and Management, 44 in Engineering and Technology, and 47 in Natural Sciences.
“Our rise in the QS rankings is testament to the hard work of our staff, and to the impact of our many supporters,” said Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.
“For more than 160 years we have been producing the next generation of thought leaders to discover, create and lead for the benefit of Australia across many areas, including academia, business and industry, social justice, culture and health,” he said.
The University of Sydney’s 2014 result was driven by ongoing improvement in citations and reputation scores, and continues the university’s upwards trend in the QS rankings over the past three years.
“We are especially pleased to perform well in the QS rankings because other ranking systems focus on a smaller number of disciplines and do not have any student or teaching-related indicators,” said Dr Spence.
“Our core strengths lie in the excellence and breadth of our research, the quality of our students and staff, our global outlook, and extensive domestic and international networks.”
The QS rankings consider a range of factors including academic reputation, employer reputation, student-staff ratios, citation statistics and international mix. They address a broad target audience in sciences and arts, for both researchers and students. The QS score is 50 percent survey-related, 30 percent faculty and student population-related, and 20 percent citation-related.
They also place equal emphasis on arts and social sciences as well as natural sciences and mathematics, providing a clear picture of the current state of an institution and the quality of its offerings across the educational spectrum.

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