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University continues success in THE World Rankings

6 September 2017

The University of Sydney has been ranked 61 in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, consolidating its place as one of the world’s best research and teaching institutions.

“This ranking by the highly-respected Times Higher Education (THE) agency recognises our excellence as an institution both in Australia and worldwide," said University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.

In particular I’m pleased that our focus on increasing our publication of high quality research papers and our growing industry engagement have been acknowledged in this year’s results.
Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal

The University improved its performance in a number of categories, most notably in its indicator scores for Citations and Industry Income.

The industry income results reflect the University’s high quality research outputs produced by academics, and its commitment to strengthening industry engagement.

This commitment to developing partnerships that enable research to make a difference both locally and globally was outlined as a priority area for the University in the 2016-20 Strategic Plan.  Last year the University of Sydney secured more than $102 million in signed contracts with industry – a 60 percent increase from 2015.

The University’s publications in the disciplines of statistics, soil sciences, immunology, horticultural production and applied ethics had some of the highest growth in relative citation impact in recent years.

The breadth and depth of research expertise at the University of Sydney is reflected in these publications. These vary in disciplinary focus from destigmatising the placebo effect to the impacts of climate change on soil properties, and a Sydney Research Excellence Initiative 2020 project on harnessing the immune system to combat disease.

THE World University Rankings are uniquely comprehensive – using 195 separate data points, as well as 250,000 items of reputational data and bibliometric data, to judge the world’s leading research universities.

This year, the THE World University Rankings published a ranking of 1,102 institutions across the globe.

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