UNSW remains one of the world’s top universities, despite fierce competition from Chinese institutions, according to the UK-based Times Higher Education rankings.
UNSW is ranked 85 out of 1000 universities around the world for 2017-2018, and is one of six Australian universities that feature in the prestigious top 100.
Australia has eight universities in the top 200, just one more than China, which has been investing heavily in its university sector. The continued rise of China with two institutions in the top 30 for the first time, is the big story this year, says the Times Higher Education rankings editor Phil Baty.
The Times Higher Education analysis notes also that although Australia has maintained a relatively steady performance, its position in future years may suffer if the Australian Government goes ahead with plans to cut funding.
The rankings are calculated using 13 performance indicators grouped into five areas: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. The research and teaching components of the rankings are each worth 30% of the total score.
In total, 77 countries are represented in the ranking and 27 of these countries have at least one university in the top 200.