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Best universities in Australia 2019

Find the best universities in Australia with Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data

October 1 2018

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The University of Melbourne - the top ranked institution in Australia

 

If you are looking to study in Australia, then you are going to need a little information about your university options.

There are 35 top universities in Australia, according to  Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2019 ,  and six of them feature in the prestigious top 100, meaning there is no shortage of choice.

The best Australian universities are spread across the country, from Perth in the west to Brisbane in the east, Darwin in the north to Hobart in the south.


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The best university in Australia, according to the THE rankings, is the University of Melbourne – one of two universities in the country to make the top 50 of the overall world ranking (32). It is followed by the Australian National University (49),  University of Sydney  (=59), University of Queensland (69) and Monash University (=84)

Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind the UK and the US – pretty impressive for a nation of just 24 million people.

Top 5 universities in Australia

1. University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne was founded in 1853, making it the second oldest in the country (keep reading to find out the oldest).

It is home to 45,000 students and 6,500 members of staff, and has 280,000 alumni around the world (some 15 per cent of whom live outside Australia).

There are more than 12,000 international students enrolled at the University of Melbourne , and if you do get a place there, you will be joining students from 130 different countries.

You will also be rubbing shoulders with some pretty famous scholars. Nobel prizewinner Peter Doherty (physiology and medicine) and fellows of the Royal Society David Solomon and David Boger all teach or research at Melbourne.

2. Australian National University

Established in 1946, Australian National University (ANU) was originally created as a postgraduate research university by the Parliament of Australia. It is located in Canberra, Australia’s capital city and seat of government. 

It counts six Nobel prizewinners among its faculty and alumni, and is even run by a Nobel laureate. Brian Schmidt, who won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics (with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess) for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, is the institution’s vice-chancellor.

The university has many partnerships with international universities such as Yale University , the University of Oxford , ETH Zurich , and the National University of Singapore among others. 

3. University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is the oldest university in Australia (founded in 1851).

Currently, 43,000 students attend the University of Sydney , representing some 134 countries. About 280 overseas exchange programmes are in place with more than 30 countries.

No fewer than five Australian prime ministers attended the university, including Edmund Barton, who in 1901, won Australia’s first ever federal election.

Sydney is also considered one of the best university cities for students. 


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4.  University of Queensland

The University of Queensland ’s (UQ) motto is Scientia ac Labore, which is Latin for “by means of knowledge and hard work” – so be prepared to do some grafting!

UQ has about 38,000 students enrolled, including 12,000 international students from 141 countries. It also has one of Australia’s largest PhD cohorts with about 13,800 postgraduate students registered.

Famous former students include two Nobel laureates, two Fortune 500 company CEOs, Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush and poet Bronwyn Lea.  

The university’s main campus is located in the green and leafy inner Brisbane suburb of St Lucia – one of the most affluent areas of the city. 

5. Monash University

Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, is named after engineer and military leader Sir John Monash, and it was the first university in Australia to be named after a person rather than a place.

The university, which has about 44,000 undergraduates and a further 20,000 graduate students, has five bases in Victoria, as well as one in Malaysia. Monash also has a research and teaching centre in the Italian town of Prato, a research school in Mumbai, India, and a grad school in Jiangsu Province, China.

Famous alumni include musician Nick Cave, Booker Prize-winning novelist Peter Carey, and playwright David Williamson. 

Top universities in Australia 2019 

Click each institution to view its full  World University Rankings 2019  profile

Australia Rank 2019WUR Rank 2019UniversityCityState/Territory
1 =32  University of Melbourne MelbourneVictoria
2 49  Australian National University CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
3 =59  University of Sydney SydneyNew South Wales
4 69  University of Queensland BrisbaneQueensland
5 =84  Monash University MelbourneVictoria
6 =96  University of New South Wales KensingtonNew South Wales
7 134  University of Western Australia PerthWestern Australia
8 =135  University of Adelaide AdelaideSouth Australia
9 196 University of Technology, SydneySydneyNew South Wales
=10 201–250  James Cook University Townsville CityQueensland
=10 201–250  Macquarie University SydneyNew South Wales
=10 201–250  Queensland University of Technology BrisbaneQueensland
=10 201–250  University of South Australia Adelaide, Whyalla, Mount GambierSouth Australia
=10 201–250  University of Wollongong WollongongNew South Wales
=15 251–300  University of Canberra CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
=15 251–300  Flinders University AdelaideSouth Australia
=15 251–300  Griffith University Brisbane, Gold Coast, LoganQueensland
=18 301–350  Curtin University PerthWestern Australia
=18 301–350  La Trobe University MelbourneVictoria
=18 301–350  University of Newcastle CallaghanNew South Wales
=18 301–350  Victoria University MelbourneVictoria
=22 351–400  Deakin University GeelongVictoria
=22 351–400  University of Tasmania HobartTasmania
=22 351–400  Western Sydney University SydneyNew South Wales
=25 401–500  Australian Catholic University SydneyNew South Wales
=25 401–500  Murdoch University MurdochWestern Australia
=25 401–500  RMIT University MelbourneVictoria
=25 401–500  Swinburne University of Technology HawthornVictoria
=29 501–600  Bond University Gold CoastQueensland
=29 501–600  Central Queensland University RockhamptonQueensland
=29 501–600  Charles Darwin University CasuarinaNorthern Territory
=29 501–600  Edith Cowan University JoondalupWestern Australia
=29 501–600  Southern Cross University LismoreNew South Wales
=34 601–800  University of Southern Queensland ToowoombaQueensland
=34 601–800  University of the Sunshine Coast Sunshine CoastQueensland

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Reader’s comments (1)

#1 Submitted by harrowagenda21 on July 10, 2016 – 1:51pm
There are some additional universities below these rankings – this may confuse some readers. Australian Catholic University, University of the Sunshine Coast, Bond University, Charles Sturt University, Federation University, Victoria University, University of New England.

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Institute hits Australian top 10 in Nature index

Institute hits Australian top 10 in Nature index

27 March 2014

Ms Lucie Rankin and Dr Joanna Groom
Ms Lucie Rankin (right) and Dr Joanna Groom led
immunology research cited in the Nature Publishing
Index 2013 Asia-Pacific report. The institute was the
highest-ranked medical research institute in Australia
in the index.

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute was the highest-ranked medical research institute in Australia in the latest  Nature Publishing Index 2013 Asia-Pacific report , released today.

The index ranks institutions and countries according to the number of research articles published by their researchers in Nature-owned journals.

The institute climbed to eighth place in the Australian rankings, and 33rd place in the Asia-Pacific region in the 2013 rankings, with a 250 per cent increase in papers published in the Nature journals.

The index highlighted Australia’s strength in immunology, with the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute ranked second overall in publications in the journal Nature Immunology. Four of the five top organisations contributing to Nature Immunology were from Australia.

The report cited a research project by Ms Lucie Rankin, Dr Joanna Groom and Associate Professor Gabrielle Belz as receiving international interest. The paper discovered a mechanism by which an immune cell population essential for intestinal health  could be controlled by leafy greens in people’s diets.

Other significant research that was published by institute researchers in Nature journals in 2013 included:

  • A landmark discovery about how insulin docks on cells , which could help in the development of improved types of insulin for treating both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • The discovery of a  gene essential for survival of antibody-producing cells , which could lead to better treatments for diseases where these cells are out of control, such as myeloma and chronic immune disorders.
  • Uncovering the molecular mechanism by which cell signalling proteins prevent inflammation, which could have applications for people with blood disorders and cancers.

Institute director Professor Doug Hilton said he was pleased to see the institute improving its international standing in high-quality basic research. “The institute has a long and distinguished reputation in immunology research, which began in the 1950s and continues today,” Professor Hilton said.

“The institute is committed to improving lives, and these fundamental research discoveries are the kind of breakthroughs that, in the long-term, could lead to treatments or strategies that will make a real difference in the lives of people in the community.”

Australia retained third place, behind Japan and China, in the Asia-Pacific region in the latest rankings, improving its contribution to Nature journals by more than 50 per cent in 2013.

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