16/08/2013 - 11:28

UWA climbs world uni rankings

16/08/2013 - 11:28

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The University of Western Australia has moved up the world’s most respected university rankings for the sixth consecutive year, to be ranked fourth in Australia and 91st worldwide.

UWA has leapt 36 places globally since 2008 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities published by China’s Shanghai Jaio Tong University.

Vice-chancellor Paul Johnson said the university’s commitment to attracting world-class staff to strengthen its research and teaching profile was vindicated by the rise up the rankings.

“Our focus on international collaborations with leading research partners across the world aims to establish UWA – and Western Australia – as a global hub of excellence across a broad range of disciplines, particularly those vital for the future of communities across the planet,” Professor Johnson said.

The top 10 universities globally were Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, Cambridge, Caltech, Princeton, Columbia, Chicago, and Oxford.

The best-ranked universities in the Asia-Pacific region are the University of Tokyo (21st) and Kyoto University (26th) in Japan, and the University of Melbourne (56th) in Australia.

UWA’s success comes after Murdoch University was ranked in Times Higher Education’s top 100 universities under 50 years old rankings for the first time in June.

Curtin was ranked 87th in the Times survey.

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