15 August, 2012Australia has the third highest number of universities in the global top 100 in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), released today.
It is one of just two countries to increase the number of universities in the top 100. The ranking lists five Australian universities this year, compared with four in 2011.
The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University, The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney and The University of Western Australia are all ranked in the top 100 universities.
"This is an outstanding result for Australia and demonstrates the nation's commitment to having a world class university system providing teaching and research at the highest levels," said Belinda Robinson, Chief Executive of Universities Australia, the peak body representing the university sector.
"All Australians should be very proud that our universities continue to improve their standing among the best in the world.
"The continuous improvement of Australia's university system reflects the strong commitment of the Government that has seen a substantial investment in the sector over the past five years, as well as the enormous effort all of our universities put into the relentless pursuit of delivering quality in both their research and teaching programs.
"Universities' central role in creating opportunities for all Australians to study in a world class higher education system should be acknowledged and celebrated," Ms Robinson said.
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