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Australian universities shine in latest QS rankings

11 Mar 2014, by Informa Insights

mfb3Australia’s top universities once again proved they are up there with the best of the global bunch, after featuring heavily in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The 2014 edition of the QS rankings – one of the most followed university ranking lists around the world – was released at the end of February and highlights the calibre of Australia’s higher education heavyweights. Top institutions such as the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Melbourne managed to stake a place in the top 20 for some of the most competitive subject areas.

The University of Melbourne was one of the leading lights from Down Under, making the top 20 globally in at least six subject areas. These include Medicine, in which it ranked an impressive 12th in the world, as well as Chemical Engineering (16th), Law (8th) and Accounting and Finance (8th).

New South Wales’ premier tertiary institutions, the universities of Sydney and of New South Wales, also reminded the world why they continue to be some of the best, both in Australia and globally.

The University of Sydney scored just behind Melbourne for Medicine, coming in at 17th place. It achieved 15th place for Civil and Structural Engineering, while placing 13th for both Law and Accounting and Finance.

P14K11_HE_600x120Not to be outdone, the University of New South Wales claimed similar rankings as its state rival, scoring 18th for Civil and Structural Engineering, 10th for Accounting and Finance and 14th for Law. It also narrowly missed out on a top 10 spot in Pharmacy and Pharmacology, coming in at 11th, although Monash University did place 8th.

Encouragingly, Law was one of the subjects in which Australian universities performed particularly well on the world stage. In addition to Melbourne, Sydney and New South Wales, ANU (15th) and Monash (16th) also made the cut. That means a quarter of the world’s top 20 law schools come from Down Under!

With such strong rankings across the board, there’s no doubt the higher education scene in Australia will continue to receive strong global attention.

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