University of Melbourne climbs to 33rd in QS World University Rankings

Students on the South Lawn.
The University performed well in the research paper citation, and the academic and employer reputation indicators in the QS World University Rankings. Image: Joe Vittorio

Climbing four places to 33 in the 2023 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, the University of Melbourne was also named in the top three per cent of universities globally.

Released today, the Rankings also showed the University has the highest research output among Australian institutions, determined by a significant increase in research paper citation measuring the impact and influence of the research produced.

In addition, strong results in the academic and employer reputation indicators contributed to this year’s positive result.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Duncan Maskell was pleased with the strong performance.

“This result is a reflection of the extraordinary work of our staff and is welcome as we mark our first full semester of returning to in person teaching, learning and research since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Professor Maskell said.

“It’s particularly pleasing to be recognised for our research strength on the world stage, I’m incredibly proud of our standing as one of the largest and most productive research organisations in Australia.”

The report showed the University produced 85,000 papers over the past five years or 13 per cent of Australia’s total output.

This is the 18th edition of the QS World University Rankings.