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How Australian university subjects fared against the world

The University of Melbourne and Australian National University has continued to perform well in an international subject ranking.

Overall, 11 Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings subject tables were published over four dates.

UniMelb was ranked first in Australia in three of the first four subject rankings, released in October. They were business and economics, education and law.

And now that all subject tables have been released, it can add computer science, life sciences, psychology, and clinical, pre-clinical and health to its list of number ones.

The last of the first four subject rankings released, social sciences, saw ANU take out the top spot among the nation’s institutions.

ANU can now also claim itself as Australia’s top performing university in the subjects of arts and humanities, and physical sciences.

Besides ANU, Monash University was the only Australian offering to take out UniMelb, coming in at equal 63rd on the engineering and technology table.

Overall, Australia’s best posting was in the subject of clinical, pre-clinical and health – UniMelb snagged equal 9th with Colombia University. It also managed to grab a top 10 spot on the law table.

Stanford University, Harvard University and Universities of Oxford and Cambridge ranked ahead of it on both tables.

Stanford and Oxford each topped the tables for four subjects, leaving only three for Harvard, Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to take out.

Other Australian institutions celebrated moves up the subject ladders. The University of Wollongong was pleased to see it had climbed to 87th in the world in engineering and technology, up from 96th last year and into the top 201–250 band for computer science, up from 250–300 last year.

Meanwhile, Swinburne University debuted in five new subjects in the ranking scheme, taking its overall total to nine.

The subject rankings are based on the same range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall world university ranking.

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