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Top Universities in Australia 2015/16

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Sabrina Collier

Updated Apr 12, 2018



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There are 33 Australian universities featured in the 2015/16 edition of the QS World University Rankings®, seven of which rank within the global top 100, while a further 10 are in the top 300. Read on to discover the top universities in Australia this year, starting with the top 10…

1. Australian National University (ANU) 

Ranked joint 19th in the world alongside King’s College London, Australian National University (ANU) is located in the country’s capital, Canberra, and is the only university to have been created by the Parliament of Australia. It is particularly highly regarded for its politics, linguistics, geography and science courses.

2. University of Melbourne 

The University of Melbourne is currently ranked 42nd in the world, and has been ranked especially well for its education, accounting, psychology and medicine degrees. Click here to read an article comparing the two top Australian universities.

3. University of Sydney

Ranked 45th in the world, the University of Sydney’s main campus in the inner-city suburbs has also been ranked in the top 10 of the world’s most beautiful universities by The Daily Telegraph.

4= University of New South Wales (UNSW) 

Also located in Sydney, UNSW is ranked joint 46th in the world alongside fellow Australian institution, the University of Queensland. It is a founding member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of top universities in Australia with a core focus on research, and of Universitas 21, a leading global network of research universities.

4= University of Queensland (UQ) 

Also joint 46th in the world rankings, the University of Queensland (UQ) is primarily located in Brisbane and is the oldest university in Queensland, having been founded in 1909. It has produced many notable alumni, including Geoffrey Rush and Nobel Laureate Dr Peter Doherty.

6.  Monash University

Ranked 67th in the world, Monash University in Victoria was named after the prominent Australian general Sir John Monash and is home to major research facilities such as the Australian Stem Cell Center.

7. University of Western Australia (UWA) 

The University of Western Australia (UWA), located in Perth, is ranked 98th in the world rankings this year and is another research-intensive university. Its campus is known for its vibrant social, cultural and sporting life as well as its beauty.

8. University of Adelaide 

Ranked joint 113th in the world alongside the University of Science and Technology of China, the University of Adelaide is the third oldest university in Australia and is a member of the Group of Eight.

9. University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

Ranked 218th in the world, climbing 46 places from last year’s ranking, UTS attracts students from all over the world. With over 37,000 students in total, it is one of the largest universities in Australia.

10. Macquarie University

Another Sydney-based institution, Macquarie University is ranked joint 229th in the world alongside Victoria University of Wellington, and is home to 11,000 international students from over 100 countries, making it one of the most international universities in the world.

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11. University Of Wollongong – ranked joint 243rd in the world. 

University of Wollongong

12. University of Newcastle – ranked joint 256th in the world.

13. Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – ranked joint 263rd in the world.

14. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) – ranked joint 273rd in the world.

15. Curtin University – ranked joint 284th in the world.

16. University of South Australia (UNISA) – ranked 288th in the world.

17. Deakin University – ranked joint 324th in the world.

18. Griffith University – ranked joint 329th in the world.

19. University of Tasmania – ranked 379th in the world. 

University of Tasmania

20. James Cook University – ranked joint 387th in the world.

21. La Trobe University – ranked joint 394th in the world.

22. Bond University – ranked 501-550 in the world.

23. Flinders University – ranked 501-550 in the world.

24. Swinburne University of Technology – ranked 501-550 in the world.

25. Charles Darwin University – ranked 551-600 in the world.

26. Murdoch University – ranked 551-600 in the world.

27. University of Canberra – ranked 551-600 in the world.

28. Victoria University – ranked 601-650 in the world. 

University of Southern Queensland

29. University of New England – ranked 651-700 in the world.

30. University of Western Sydney – ranked 651-700 in the world.

31. Charles Sturt University – ranked 701+ in the world.

32. Edith Cowan University (ECU) – ranked 701+ in the world.

33. University of Southern Queensland – ranked 701+ in the world.

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