The University of Sydney has been ranked 59 in the world in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World University rankings.
Jumping two places since last year’s rank of 61, the results are a consequence of the University’s improvement in several indicators, including citations, international outlook and industry income.
The University continued to perform strongly in research, where reputation for research excellence among academic peers, research income and papers published in quality peer-reviewed journals are measured.
“This ranking from the highly respected Times Higher Education agency recognises our position as one of the world’s foremost universities, a global leader in knowledge creation and mentor and teacher of the next generation of critical thinkers and leaders,” said University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.
“I’m particularly pleased that our high-quality research has been acknowledged in the results.”
The University is home to more than 90 research centres, with 100 percent of our research rated at word standard or above in the latest Excellence in Research Australia evaluation.
Over our 160 year history, our research has been integral to the global decline in smoking, helped develop new technology to address sleep apnoea and promoted gender equality in our workplaces, including in our military.
Dr Spence said over the past seven years, we’ve invested more than $1.5 billion in multidisciplinary research initiatives that bring together outstanding research teams and capabilities to focus on some of the world’s biggest challenges – from finding new treatments and preventions for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to creating next-generation nanoscale devices.
“Our researchers are partnering with some of the world’s biggest companies to ensure their work is having the greatest impact and improving millions of lives around the world.”
Dr Spence pointed to our work with Microsoft on a new era of quantum machines and Qantas on the future of air travel.
I’m particularly pleased that our high-quality research has been acknowledged in the results.
The THE World University Rankings judge the world’s leading universities on 13 indicators grouped into five categories: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff, students and research); and industry income (knowledge transfer).
More than 1200 institutions across the globe were ranked this year, with the University of Oxford topping the list, followed by the University of Cambridge and Stanford University.
The results follow outstanding success in several other rankings this year, including jumping 15 places in the latest ARWU rankings announced in August and our graduates being named the most employable in Australia for the fourth year in a row and in the top five globally by QS earlier this month.