2020-21 Best Australian Universities for Native and International

(Last Updated On: November 29, 2019)

Who doesn’t want to study in the best Australian universities? Australia has gone beyond the wave of new research funding provided by international students to register its best performance in the Times University World University Rankings.

As per the source, a record 3 Australian universities have claimed the top 20 spots in this year’s rankings, with Queensland University and Canberra University having joined the top nine in the last year.

The two companies are among 19 of Australia’s 35 ranking universities that have stepped up their positions this year, with UNSW Sydney, Western Sydney University, Bond University in Queensland and Edith Cowan University in Perth logging in particularly strong. Only five Australian firms were lagging behind last year’s position, two of them a place.

Australia is now proud of the top 20 institutions in the nation, excluding the United States, the UK or Germany, and the third-most developed region behind China and Hong Kong in the last five years. Canberra has been a constant success story for 25 years, rising by 666 places since 2016 – the single largest institutional improvement in the world.

Vice-Chancellor Deep Saiyani credited the hard-working staff for enhancing the impact of research and teaching at his university. He says Canberra’s score is 99.2, compared to 95 last year, making it 16th in the world in that measure. “It is clear that our researchers are demonstrating impact and solving real-world problems,” he said.

UNSW is easily the most advanced top 100 university this year, up 25 places to 71. “It reflects our progress across the fields of research, education, innovation, equity, thought leadership, and global impact,” said Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs.

Australian universities have improved their average score in 12 out of 4 metrics that guide rankings, especially with strong performance registrations on testimonial impact, research environment, and international outlook.

The results revealed a growing concern that Australian universities are too reliant on foreign tuition fees to perform their research and bankroll for global positions. Newly released information from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has confirmed Australia as an international education force.

According to the OECD’s latest education in a glowing report, Australia has a significantly higher proportion of international students than any other jurisdiction other than Luxembourg, which has the only public universities in three foreign countries.

And 86 percent of foreign students overseas in Asia rely more on a single continent than any international education destination other than Slovenia in Australia, where around 1.5 foreign students come from elsewhere in Europe.

Australia has the highest concentration of international students (3%) in business, administration and law courses, and the second-highest concentration (4%) on postgraduate programs, citing the influence of foreign students on a profitable MBA.

Ranking expert Tony Schill of Griffith University says the Australian top research university has been equipped with “combined” foreign student recruitment infrastructure and funding for greater research. He said that their ranking could not be sustained without “major new sources” of revenue, though industry contracts, social workers and medical research futures funds could improve further.

Connor King, executive director of Innovative Research Universities, says Australia’s position and climate helped to lure foreign students. “But [the university] couldn’t have come if they didn’t believe our universities were among the best in the world.”

Mr. King attributed the success of Australia’s rankings to partially improved research productivity – a recent research evaluation exercise, Excellence for Research for Australia, as well as a trend that appears as The Data.

Australia’s leading institution, the University of Melbourne, holds its 32nd world rankings alongside Germany’s leading LMU Munich. Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell attributed Melbourne’s strong performance to its “continued focus on better communication about the results of our research” as well as its focus on teaching and research.

The University of Auckland has crossed the Tasman Sea and entered the global top 200 after a year’s absence. Auckland University of Technology has improved its position, but the other six New Zealand universities either stand out or drop in the rankings.

“New Zealand’s flag companies have performed relatively well in the face of strong international competition, but there are still serious questions about investment and funding,” said Chief Knowledge Officer Phil Batty.

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