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A new global university ranking system has singled out the University of Melbourne as the Australian institution with the best worldwide reputation.
The Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings are a variation of the group’s yearly World University Rankings, with academic experts judging universities around the world based purely on their reputation and brand power. Although THE acknowledges that the reputation rankings are “nothing more than subjective judgement”, results are tabled from input from the world’s top higher education experts and provide a good picture of which institutions have the best standing globally.
In the recently released 2014 edition of the rankings, the University of Melbourne was the only representative from Australia to make the top 50 in the world. The respected institution placed joint 43rd overall, tying with the University of Hong Kong and King’s College London.
Unsurprisingly, universities from the US and the UK continue to dominate the top spots, with the American trio of Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University making up the top three. The University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford held fourth and fifth place respectively.
Several other Australian universities managed to make the top 100 list, with the Australian National University and the University of Sydney falling into the 61st – 70th place slot (specific data on universities outside the top 50 were withheld by THE). The University of Queensland was listed in the 81 – 90 segment, while the University of New South Wales just managed to claim a top 100 spot.
University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said his university’s high placing is testament to the strong reputation it continues to hold around the world.
“The sustained leadership over time, and across several university rankings systems, shows that the university is continuing to push frontiers in intellectual growth and research expertise,” he said.
“The ongoing dedication and excellence from research and teaching staff, to professional staff, as well as students, show that the whole university community has a share in this achievement.”
Keen to learn more about the standing of Australian universities worldwide? The Higher Education Summit, to be held on the 20-21 May in Adelaide, may provide the answers.