UNSW continues to climb global research rankings

UNSW has improved its overall ranking by five spots in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, and is the top Australian university in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences.


A technician at the Australian National Fabrication Facility's NSW node at UNSW.

UNSW has continued its upward trajectory in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), climbing to 125, up five spots from last year.

For the second consecutive year, UNSW leads all Australian universities in the field of Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences, moving up to 41 in the world. 

UNSW also fared well in specific subject rankings: it made the top 75 in Mathematics, up from 83, and is ranked in the top 100 in Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy, Economics/Business, and Computer Science.    

“This is an excellent result for UNSW, highlighting the calibre of our research and the strong international standing of our academics,” says Professor Les Field, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UNSW. 

“We are committed to improving our performance internationally, and are working to ensure that we continue our upward trend of recent years in this important global ranking.”

The Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China compiles the ARWU and assesses 1200 universities to provide its list of the top 500 globally.

When the rankings began in 2003, UNSW was ranked in the top 200. Over the last 13 years, it has steadily climbed the rankings across several categories and is now in the world’s top 125.  

Australia has 20 universities in the top 200. The US continues to dominate the rankings with nine universities in the top 10 – a list rounded out by Oxford University. 

The rankings are based on objective measures of research performance including the number of academic papers published in Science and Nature; the number of articles indexed on Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index; as well as the number staff and alumni who have won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals.