The University of Western Australia has risen to fourth place nationally and now ranks 91st in the world following today's release of the world's foremost performance indicator, the Academic Ranking of World Universities published by China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
UWA's remarkable run continues a trend that has seen the Perth-based university leap 36 places globally since 2008 - including entering the world top 100 for the first time last year - and keeps the State's top university on target to reach its goal of reaching the world top 50 by 2050.
It is also icing on the cake for 2013 Centenary celebrations at WA's oldest university as UWA moved up five places internationally, and overtook the University of Sydney to gain fourth spot in Australia.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson said UWA's straight run of improved rankings over the past six years was based on solid foundations created by the determined efforts of high-quality staff focussed on the University's pursuit of international research and teaching excellence.
"It vindicates our strategy of attracting world-class staff to strengthen our leading research and teaching profile, and to increase international journal publication of world-quality UWA research," Professor Johnson said.
"Our focus on international collaborations with leading research partners across the world aims to establish UWA - and Western Australia - as a global hub of excellence across a broad range of disciplines, particularly those vital for the future of communities across the planet.
"I congratulate our staff, students and researchers who have dedicated their considerable energies to the pursuit of international excellence."
The ARWU ranked The University of Western Australia 26th in the world for Life and Agricultural Sciences, in the band 51-75 in the field of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy and in the subject band 76-100 for Chemistry.
Michael Sinclair-Jones (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 00 700 783