Nature Index

UNSW main walkway

The 2021 Nature Index lists the University as 76th out of the world’s top academic institutions, up 10 places from 86th in 2020.

Science researchers

UNSW Sydney is the highest-ranking Australian institution for its contribution to scientific research.

Scientia building

UNSW Sydney number one in Australia for its contribution to research in natural sciences.


UNSW has maintained its position as one of the highest-ranking institutions in Australia in this year's Nature Index.


UNSW’s status as a scientific research powerhouse has been recognised in the latest Nature Index. 


Nature has named UNSW the region's top 'Rising Star' for its impressive increase in publications in prestigious scientific journals between 2012 and 2015.