Melbourne reaffirms top 50 academic ranking
The University of Melbourne has retained its number one position in Australia and 44th in the world according to the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities results.
It is also the fifth year in a row that the University has been ranked first in Australia according to the ARWU, and the second time Melbourne has ranked in the top 50.
The rankings emphasise the quality and output of research from institutions, and while more than 1,200 universities are ranked each year, only the top 500 are published.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said that to be recognised as among the 50 best research universities in the world is a testament to hard work by the entire University community, both those on campus and our partners beyond.
"It's a remarkable result to remain a top 50 university given the intense competition in the global higher education sector to gain greater reputation through research excellence," he said.
"During what has been quite a tumultuous time for research in Australia, we've worked hard as an institution to enhance the quality and impact of our research efforts.
"It is work we strongly believe in, tackling as it does some of the biggest challenges facing our world, from cancer treatments to water management.
"We note the high rankings of Australian universities continues to underpin our local education industry, and is essential as the sector looks to engage with Australian industries to drive economic prosperity.
"Our commitment to this work will only grow, as we flagged recently in the release of our latest Growing Esteem strategy. The University's aspiration is to connect research, learning and teaching with local, regional and international alumni and partners, solidifying our global reputation as a comprehensive research university.
"We want to provide current and future generations with education and research opportunities equal to the best in the world, and this ranking confirms that we are on the right path to meet this goal."
Since the rankings began in 2003, the University has moved up 48 spots from 92, putting it amongst the fastest moving universities in the top 100.