The University of Western Australia remains as the highest-ranked university in Western Australia and 7th in the nation, according to the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings released today.
The rankings show most Australian Group of Eight universities have dropped in the rankings, which compare 1258 institutions worldwide.
While The University of Western Australia improved its score in industry income and international outlook, and held steady on its teaching score, there were downward changes in UWA’s performance score in Research and Citations.
UWA held on to 7th place out of 35 ranked institutions in Australia, unchanged from last year, but the University’s overall world-wide rank dropped to 134.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater said a nationwide strategy was needed to ensure Australian universities were as well placed as possible to combat the competition from overseas institutions.
“Universities need the support of State and Federal Governments to ensure that we remain internationally competitive,” Professor Freshwater said.
“We need to discuss strategies to ensure that government policies are aligned with improving the international standings of Australian institutions.”
UWA benchmarks itself using the widely-acknowledged QS and ARWU World rankings.
This year UWA moved from 93 to 91 in the QS Rankings, and in 2018 the ARWU positioned UWA at 93rd in the world, the top-ranked university in Western Australia and sixth in Australia.
David Stacey (UWA Media Manager) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716