Sydney research recognised among world’s best

The University of Sydney has continued its strong performance in global rankings, with three research areas in the top 10 globally, and 14 areas in the top 50 globally, in the latest ShanghaiRanking league table.

The prestigious ShanghaiRanking (formerly Academic Ranking of World Universities or ARWU) Global Ranking of Academic Subjects ranked Sydney Nursing 7th globally, Telecommunication Engineering 9th and Transportation Science and Technology 10th.

Other Sydney top performers include Veterinary Sciences (21), Civil Engineering (21), Clinical Medicine (27), Computer Science & Engineering (29) and Public Health (33).

The areas with the most improvement since last year were Telecommunication Engineering, jumping 12 places, and Computer Science & Engineering, jumping nine places.

Overall, 28 Sydney research areas were ranked in the top 100 globally.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Emma Johnston, a leading authority in marine ecology and co-author of a landmark report on the state of Australia’s environment released this week, congratulated Sydney academics on the strong performance.

“These results reflect the breadth and depth of Sydney research and cements us as one of the world’s top research institutions. Our research is literally changing people’s lives,” she said, noting that 49 Sydney research areas out of 54 were ranked across natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences.

“I’m proud to have recently joined such a dynamic University that is doing incredible work across so many fields.”

Examples of Sydney’s research impact in our top ranked areas include the invention of an emergency nursing framework, HIRAID (History, Identify Red flags, Assessment, Interventions, Diagnostics), which has resulted in a 50% reduction in patient deterioration in hospital emergency departments, and the development of algorithms for cellular WiFi and satellite communication that provides fast connectivity for millions of people.

The ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects measure the performance of more than 5000 universities around the world, in 54 subjects, across natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences.

Universities are measured on research output, influence and quality, as well as international collaboration and the number of international academic awards.

University of Sydney subjects that this year ranked in the Top 50:

  • Agricultural Sciences: 40th
  • Business Administration: 49th
  • Civil Engineering: 21st
  • Clinical Medicine: 27th
  • Computer Science & Engineering: 29th
  • Economics: 47th
  • Education: 40th
  • Finance: 42nd
  • Library and Information Science: 35th
  • Nursing: 7th
  • Public Health: 33rd
  • Telecommunication Engineering: 9th
  • Transportation Science and Technology: 10th
  • Veterinary Sciences: 21st