Melbourne’s strong performance continues in 2017 Times Higher Education rankings

August 17 / 196

The University of Melbourne was named the third best university in the Asia-Pacific during in July, in reports published by the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific Ranking 2017.

This follows on from the announcement in June that Melbourne had, for the seventh consecutive year, been named Australia’s number one university according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2017.

The University of Melbourne is now placed 46 in the world, up three places since last year. 

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis, said it was pleasing to see the University’s dedicated and talented academics, researchers, staff and students recognised.

“In a demanding global market, we appreciate very much this endorsement of Melbourne’s standing from academic peers,” he said.

The reputation rankings are based on the world’s largest invitation-only survey of academic opinion, featuring more than 10 000 respondents from almost 150 countries. 

The result is a list of the top 100 most-regarded universities judged by leading academics as being the best for research and teaching in their field.

In the Asia-Pacifc ranking the University of Melbourne was the only university outside Asia to appear in the top five, coming in third behind the National University of Singapore and Peking University.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Margaret Sheil said that the university was pleased by this validation within a demanding global market.

“This is a strong endorsement of the University’s dedicated and talented staff and their research and teaching output, as well as the quality of our graduates."

The THE Asia-Pacific Ranking 2017 analysed universities across 38 nations in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings, with some weightings adjusted to reflect the younger profile of some of the universities in the region.

Performance indicators are grouped into five key areas: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

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