28 October 2005

The University of Queensland has climbed further up the rankings of the best universities in the world according to a new report.

The annual top 200 ranking, produced by the UK’s Times Higher Education Supplement, has seen UQ climb two spots to 47th, cementing its reputation as the top university in Queensland and one of the top in Australia.

UQ is the only Queensland university to be included in the top 50 in the world and one of only six around the country.

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor John Hay, AC, said the ranking was further proof of the University’s growing reputation and standing in the international community.

“This ranking confirms The University of Queensland is a world-renowned research and teaching institution, on par with many larger international universities,” Professor Hay said.

“Our academics, researchers and students are being recognised throughout the world for their work.

“The University is also ranked 29th in the top 100 biomedicine institutions in the world, a testament to UQ’s strategic investment in this field over the past few years through the establishment of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and the Queensland Brain Institute.”

UQ was also ranked in the top 25 of the world’s top social sciences universities, 40th in the top technology universities, 56th in the top science universities and 89th in the top arts and humanities universities.

The rankings are based on surveys of more than 2300 academics, and examines the research produced, student-to-staff ratios, international students and the number of internationally recognised academics.

Harvard University, in the US, was the top ranked university in the world followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge University and Oxford.

The US dominated rankings with 54 universities, followed by Britain with 24 and Australia had 17 of the top 200, up from 14 last year.

The international ranking follows the recent Good Universities Guide ratings, which saw UQ receive the best overall rating of all Queensland universities and one of the best Australian university rankings. It has also won more national teaching excellence awards than any other Australian university.

The University is a member of the Group of Eight, an elite group of universities which conducts 70 percent of all university research in Australia. UQ is one of only three Australian members of Universitas 21, an international network of comprehensive, research-intensive universities committed to quality through benchmarking against world-best practice.

Media inquiries: Andrew Dunne at UQ Communications (3365 2802 or 0433 364 181).