Six Australian universities have been ranked amongst the top 100 in the world; this is according to Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings index.
The University of Melbourne was ranked as Australia’s top university coming in equal 33rd place, followed by the Australian National University in 47th, University of Queensland and University of Sydney both in 60th, Melbourne’s Monash University in 74th place, and lastly, the University of New South Wales in 78th position all made the top 100.
The annual rankings consist of the top 980 universities from all over the world by judging them on numerous categories. The different aspects are taken into consideration before the rankings list was finalised include; Teaching, Research, Citations, International Outlook, and Industry income. The main categories that contribute the highest percentage are the teaching, research, and citation categories. These three contribute a total of 90% of the total score.
Within each of the categories range of different aspects are taken into consideration. One of the aspects these aspects include the proportion of postgraduates to undergraduates. The rankings’ authors suggest, a high level of teaching that is attractive to undergraduates and shows a commitment to nurturing the next generation of academics.
Other aspects taken into consideration include; Staff-to-student ratio and Doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio.