University of Melbourne climbs ARWU rankings

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The University has climbed nine spots since 2019.

The University of Melbourne is ranked the top University in Australia and 32nd in the world according to the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

The University has climbed nine spots since 2019 and improved one place on its 2021 ranking.

Launched in 2003, the ARWU ranks more than 1,200 universities using six indicators, including number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of highly cited researchers selected by Clarivate Analytics, and the number of articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature and Science.

University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jim McCluskey said the ranking was testament to staff.

“The University of Melbourne’s global standing is something which the entire University community is proud of,” Professor McCluskey said.

“The ARWU ranking particularly reflects the world-leading research that is conducted across the University and by our partners, forming a strong foundation for our teaching and education programs as well as the translational outcomes that benefit society.”

The ARWU is published annually by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Initially, it was launched by Shanghai Jiao Tong, a public research university based in Shanghai.