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Sydney jumps in Times rankings

1 October 2015

The University of Sydney has continued its rise through the ranks to 56 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16.

"I congratulate all our dedicated academic and professional staff," said University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence. "Their hard work and wonderful achievements are vital to the University's core mission of research and teaching excellence."

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison said the result confirmed the University of Sydney's place among the world's leading research and educational institutions.

"We are delighted with this result, which recognises the impact our research and teaching has on the local, national and international communities we serve."

"We have for more than 160 years enabled generations of thought leaders to discover, create and lead for the benefit of Australia and the world.

"We will continue to support the brilliant researchers and students of today and tomorrow through continued investment in strategies that deliver quality facilities and infrastructure, and collaborative research programs."

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings are the only global university performance tables to judge universities across all of their core missions, including citations, research, teaching, international outlook and industry income. The annual rankings measure factors including academic reputation, citation statistics, international mix, and research income and degrees awarded per staff.

The University of Sydney's rise in the 2015-16 rankings was driven by increases in all indicators, with the largest rises in academic reputation, which jumped 24 percent, and citations which saw a 12 percent increase. Research and industry income also both climbed more than 10 percent.

THE Rankings Editor Phil Baty congratulated the University of Sydney on a world-class performance.

"This has been accomplished in no small part by Sydney's research excellence, which shines through this year," Mr Baty said.

"THE World University Rankings are uniquely comprehensive – they use 13 separate performance indicators to judge world-class universities against all of their key missions, including both teaching and research, using tough, global standards.

"Its position means the University of Sydney falls well within the top one per cent of higher education institutions in the world – it is a remarkable achievement."

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings began in 2010-11, and considers more than 1,100 institutions worldwide.

View a complete list of the 2015-16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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