4 May 2011

The University of Queensland has been ranked one of the world’s top universities in psychology (world rank 26), biological sciences (world rank 38), and medicine (ranked 33rd) in prestigious new international rankings released today.

UQ was listed in the top 40 in the world in these disciplines in the QS World University Rankings® for technical subjects http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2011/subject-rankings/.

This result correlates with UQ’s 43rd overall ranking in the top 200 QS World University Rankings® in 2010, placing UQ among the top one percent of more than 9000 international universities.

Last month UQ was listed in the top 50 in the world for chemical engineering (world rank 29), civil and structural engineering (world rank =34) and computer science and information systems (48).

It was also ranked in the top 100 in electrical and electronic engineering, and mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering (both in the band 51-100).

Rankings were based on a methodology that included academic reputation, employer reputation, and the number of citations per paper.

QS has advised it will rank 30 subjects in coming weeks on www.topuniversities.com, along with a personalized ranking tool to help students. It will release rankings in the Natural Sciences on May 19, and in Social Sciences and Management, and Arts and Humanities on May 31.

UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Max Lu congratulated UQ researchers for their strong performance in the latest QS rankings, which proved they were equal to the world’s best.

“UQ's life science, psychology and medicine offerings are the leading programs in their field in Queensland and ranked in the highest two rating bands — well above world standard and above world standard — in the recent Excellence in Research for Australia survey,” Professor Lu said.

The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2011, which were published in March, lists four Australian universities - UQ, the University of Melbourne, University of Sydney and The Australian National University - in its top 100 universities worldwide.

UQ received 81st ranking in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010-2011 released last September.

UQ ranked among the top 18 universities in the Asia-Pacific region and 108th worldwide in the 2010 Academic Rankings of World Universities study conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

To learn more about studying medicine, the life sciences or psychology at UQ, please visit www.uq.edu.au/study

Media: Jan King 0413 601 248