More than $7.25m supports projects to futureproof Australia from natural disasters and pioneering research partnerships.
The 2020 rankings also see UNSW Business and UNSW Social Sciences move up on the list
UNSW students will take on some of the world's brightest minds in solar car engineering when they leave Darwin on Sunday for the 15th Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Much more needs to be done to accelerate spending and investment, says UNSW Business Professor Richard Holden.
With a relatively low debt to GDP ratio, Australia was never at risk of becoming Greece. But Germany, with negative interest rates and scant prospects for economic growth, is an open question.
There is a fundamental weakness in China's capital markets, says Vic Edwards from UNSW's School of Banking and Finance.
UNSW Business School Adjunct Professor and prominent social investment backer Michael Traill says super fund capital could be used for the aged care, education and housing sectors.
Discussion of immigration during the election campaign amounts to nothing but scaremongering, says Adjunct Professor Raja Junankar.
Tommy Lim forged his finance business in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, defying the concerns of his conservative parents.
Five new Professors of Practice will work with UNSW Business School students to inspire closer links with industry.