There are 37 top universities in Australia included in the 2019 edition of the QS World University Rankings®, including 15 in the global top 250. Each university was ranked based on six indicators, including its reputation among academics and graduate employers, as well as its research impact.
Read on for an overview of the top Australian universities in 2019, including a closer look at the country’s top 10, or watch the video below.
So, here’s our top list:
Up 10 places to rank joint 214th in the world this year, the University of Newcastle was founded in 1965 and has its main campus in the Callaghan suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, and has a total of 26,615 students at six campuses, including one in Singapore.
The University of Technology, Sydney also improved its global rank this year, climbing 16 places to rank joint 160th with Switzerland’s University of Basel. UTS is one of the youngest top Australian universities, established in its current form in 1988.
Ranked 114th in the world in 2019, the University of Adelaide has been recognized for its innovations in various areas of research by the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA), a national research evaluation framework conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
The University of Western Australia, located in Perth, is up two places to rank 91st in the world in 2019, achieving the strongest score out of these top 10 Australian universities for its percentage of international faculty members.
Ranked joint 59th in the world with China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Monash University is mainly based in Melbourne but has five campuses in the state of Victoria and two overseas, in Malaysia and South Africa.
Next in our list of the top universities in Australia is the University of Queensland, ranked 48th in the world in 2019. UQ is mainly based in state capital Brisbane and has been responsible for a number of recent research innovations, such as the cervical cancer vaccine.
The University of New South Wales, located in Sydney, retains its position of 45th in the World University Rankings in 2019, and is a founding member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities.
Staying in Sydney, the University of Sydney climbed eight places to rank 42nd in the world in 2019, and is the oldest of these top Australian universities (established in 1850). Sydney was Australia’s highest-ranked entrant in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018 at fourth in the world.
Up two places to rank 39th in the world, the University of Melbourne achieved positions in the global top 20 for its reputation with both academics and employers. The university has a very diverse student body, with nearly 40 percent of its 50,270 students coming from outside Australia.
Continuing to rank first among the top Australian universities, Australian National University is ranked 24th in the world in 2019 and claims one of the country’s highest scores for research impact (citations per faculty member) and percentage of international student indicators.