This is the first year UNSW has featured in the index, ranking in the 81-90 band.
The rankings measure academic prestige, based on the results of a survey of close to 17,000 experienced academics from around the world. They were asked to name a small number of the "best" institutions in their field for both teaching and research.
Six Australian universities made the list, positioning Australia as one of the highest-ranked countries in the world, along with the US, UK, Germany, Japan and The Netherlands.
UNSW Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer said the University was proud of its achievements.
''The increasing quality of students applying here, our high-achieving staff, the significant increase in research funding won in competitive grants, and the rejuvenation of the campus have all contributed,'' he said.
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