Four research areas in ShanghaiRanking global top ten

The University of Sydney continues to excel in global rankings, with four research areas in the top 10 globally, and 18 subject areas in the top 50 globally, in the latest ShanghaiRanking league table.

The prestigious ShanghaiRanking (formerly Academic Ranking of World Universities or ARWU) Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023 (GRAS) ranked Sydney Nursing 7th globally, Telecommunication Engineering 10th, Transportation Science and Technology 10th and Business Administration 10th.

Other Sydney top performers include Public Health (18th), Veterinary Science (24th), Computer Science and Engineering (25th), and Library and Information Services (27th).

GRAS rankings use a range of objective academic indicators and third-party data to measure the performance of world universities in respective subjects. Metrics include research output, research influence, international collaboration, research quality and international academic awards.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Emma Johnston said the University of Sydney’s continued high performance in rankings is testament to the hard work of its academics.

“Our performance in these rankings is another reminder why we are one of the world’s top research institutions, succeeding across a variety of disciplines.

“These results aren’t just about numbers on a scale, they reflect real-world outcomes that are making a difference to people’s lives.”

“For example, our dementia care partnership improves the lives of people living with dementia in aged care by helping them maintain or improve their independence and function.

“Elsewhere, a recent study created a database of more than 70,000 records of animal influenza from 1970 to 2016, providing useful insights into these viruses. This data gives public health authorities a framework to detect and track viral outbreaks in animals that threaten to emerge in human populations.

“In Business, our Future of Transport Research Group created a digital interface for all transport modes, enabling commuters to reduce car use and make getting to work cheaper and simpler.”

Overall, 31 Sydney research areas were ranked in the top 100 globally. This year 18 University of Sydney subjects ranked in the top 50, up from fourteen last year:

  • Nursing – 7

  • Business Administration – 10

  • Telecommunication Engineering – 10

  • Transportation Science & Technology – 10

  • Public Health – 18

  • Veterinary Sciences – 24

  • Computer Science & Engineering – 25

  • Library & Information Science – 27

  • Clinical Medicine – 31

  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering – 34

  • Metallurgical Engineering – 35

  • Finance – 37

  • Education – 38

  • Communication – 44

  • Agricultural Sciences – 45

  • Geography – 45

  • Civil Engineering – 47

  • Economics – 47

This year’s league table contains rankings of universities in 55 subjects across Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences. More than 1,900 out of 5,000 universities across 104 countries and regions are included in the rankings.

In other rankings results this year, the University jumped 22 places in the highly regarded 2024 QS World University Rankings and is now placed equal 19th globally.

It achieved five subjects in the top 50 globally in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2024. 

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