The Australian National University has slipped three places in the QS World University Rankings for 2016-17, from 19th last year to 22nd this year, but maintains its position as Australia’s top university and rose one place in terms of academic reputation.
The QS World University Rankings are based on a range of measures such as academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations and the ratio of staff to students.
ANU was ranked number one in Australia for overall performance, as well as for the ratio of faculty to students and for citations per faculty.
The university was ranked 25th in the world for academic reputation, up from 26th in 2015, with an overall score of 99.1 out of 100.
The findings were based on rankings for 916 institutions around the world, including 35 universities in Australia.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said he was delighted the ANU had maintained its number one position in the country.
“Everyone at ANU takes great pride in being measured against the best universities in the world, and we are committed to build on the excellence that naturally comes with the responsibility of being a truly national resource for all Australians,” he said.
“ANU is an exciting a dynamic place to work and study. Every day our researchers and students come up with new ways to help resolve the big issues confronting the nation and the world.
“Our top ranking reflects the outstanding research efforts of staff and students and demonstrates the University’s ability to conduct research that is equal to or better than the very best in the world.”