Sydney moves up world rankings

6 October 2006

The University of Sydney has risen once again in global rankings confirming its place firmly within the top forty universities in the world, according to a survey released today.

Sydney is ranked 35th, up from 38th last year, in the UK's Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) - World University Rankings, and continues to strengthen its international reputation for outstanding teaching and as a centre of excellence for research.

The THES World University Rankings, now in its third year, is based on a survey of more than 3,700 academics and over 700 international graduate employers as well as measures including staff to student ratios.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, Professor Gavin Brown AO, said: 'Our continued success reflects our position as a world-class institution, although the THES rankings have a large subjective component prone to time-lag.

'There are now many rankings, each based on different criteria, and Sydney continues to rise in them all.'

In the recently published Newsweek global 100, the University of Sydney was one of two Australian universities placed in the top 50 in the world. This was based on an index of highly-cited researchers, the number of articles published in Nature and Science and the number of articles published in the ISI Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities indices.

Domestically the University of Sydney has been confirmed as Australia's leading research university with Sydney researchers having been awarded more than $51 million by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for 141 research projects commencing in 2006 - the largest amount awarded to any university in Australia and over $8 million more than its nearest competitor.

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