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Australian academic subjects make marks on global ranking

UNSW Sydney has sent more subjects into a global ranking than any other Australian institution, while another took out one of the top spots.

With 38 subjects ranking in the global top 100 of ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018, UNSW also had the most subjects ranked above other Australian offerings.

These were Civil Engineering, Finance, Instruments Science & Technology, Library & Information Science, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Remote Sensing and Water Resources.

While the US and China dominated the top spots for each subject, the University of Queensland (UQ) ranked first in the world for Mining and Mineral Engineering.

Head of School for the subject Professor Ross McAree said its top position was testament to a high level of industry collaboration, research quality and impact across the resources sector.

ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 – Mining & Mineral Engineering. Photo: ShanghaiRanking

Both UQ and UNSW had three subjects ranked in the top 10. UQ was third in the world in Hospitality and Tourism Management and seventh in Biotechnology.

The Australian National University (ANU) celebrated having 11 subjects rated in the world’s top 50 – it ranked seventh for Geography and 13th for Automation & Control – while 13 subjects taught at the University of Sydney were among the top 50.

At number 6, Transportation Science and Technology was the University of Sydney’s top ranked subject, while Veterinary Sciences (at 21), Nursing (25) and Education (29) also charted.

Nursing was UTS’s best posting. At equal sixth, it was among four of the university’s subjects in the top 50.

The ranking looked at 54 subjects taught at more than 4,000 universities across the globe.

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