3 April 2017

The University of Queensland leads Australia and places 42nd globally in a new subject ranking that encompasses more than 26,000 higher education institutions.

The established Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) inaugural subject rankings highlight outstanding universities in science and social science, based on the numbers of research articles published in top-tier journals.

UQ has 13 subjects in the global top 10 – more than any other Australian university – and features in rank one for Biodiversity Conservation, rank two for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism and rank three for Marine and Freshwater Biology.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said he was thrilled that the University ranked so highly.

“This achievement showcases the hard work that our researchers and academics put in to science and social science across UQ,” he said.

“A number-one ranking in Biodiversity Conservation is an incredible achievement and underscores the impressive research firepower we bring to protecting the world’s species.

“It’s why outstanding philanthropists such as the Turner Foundation partner with us to deliver multi-million conservation projects – they know they are collaborating with the best in the world.”

With a global ranking of 42, UQ is one of only two Australian universities in the world top 50.

“To be ranked so highly by a centre that bases its results purely on research output reinforces other measures such as the Nature Ranking,” Professor Høj said.

“It highlights the breadth of multidisciplinary research and knowledge we can deploy to tackle the major challenges of the 21st Century, and to create change to build a better world

The University of Queensland ranked worldwide as follows:

World Rank



Biodiversity Conservation


Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism


Marine & Freshwater Biology


Water Resources




Engineering, Environmental


Environmental Sciences


Sport Sciences


Environmental Studies


Anatomy & Morphology






Tropical Medicine

The Center for World University Rankings publishes the largest academic ranking of global universities, drawing on data from Clarivate Analytics (previously the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters).

Media: communications@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3365 1120, +61 (0) 413 601 248. Center for World University Rankings, media@cwur.org.