University of Melbourne ranked 33 in global university rankings

The University is ranked 33 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, with a strong performance in the teaching, research and international indicators.

The University of Melbourne remains the highest ranked Australian university.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell said he was content with the University’s performance in this year’s THE rankings.

“While I acknowledge that rankings have a place in comparing the world’s universities, I am more proud of the fact that, despite the very serious challenges of the past 12 months, the University has continued to perform at an incredibly high level in the things that really matter: educating our students and doing excellent research that makes a difference in the world,” Professor Maskell said. “That in itself is quite remarkable given the unprecedented circumstances caused by the global pandemic.

“The University’s global standing is something of which the entire University community should be proud, but in particular I want to acknowledge the University’s staff. Our staff continue to be incredibly resilient, dedicated and unwavering in their commitment to upholding the University’s mission of teaching, research excellence and impact.”

THE World University Rankings are one of a number of different rankings, each of which uses a different methodology, and therefore gives different answers.  THE rankings are based on 13 metrics contained within five pillars: teaching (30 per cent), research (30 per cent), citations (30 per cent), international outlook (7.5 per cent) and industry income (2.5 per cent).

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