6 Australian universities ranked in the top 100 in the world

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Six Australian universities are among the top 100 in the world, according to the 2017 Times Higher Education world university rankings.

The University of Melbourne is the highest-ranked Australian university coming in at number 32, followed by the Australian National University at 48.

The University of Sydney came in at 61, the University of Queensland at 65, Monash University at 80 and the University of NSW at 85.

All the universities, except for Melbourne, dropped down the list from their positions last year. Melbourne moved up from 33 to 32.

The University of Oxford in the UK was ranked as the number one university in the world, followed by the University of Cambridge — the first time the rankings have been led by two UK universities.

The annual rankings look at the top 1000 universities across 77 countries, measuring teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Twenty-nine other Australian universities made the top 1000. See all the Australian rankings here.

The rise of Chinese universities in the global rankings is also an interesting insight revealed in this year’s list. For the first time, two institutions ranked in the top 30 with Peking University at 29 and Tsinghua University at 30.

“The Beijing duo now outrank several prestigious institutions in Europe and the US,” Times Higher Education reports. “Meanwhile, almost all Chinese universities have improved, signalling that the country‚Äôs commitments to investment has bolstered results year-on-year.”

According to the report, while Australia has maintained a relatively steady performance, the rise of the performance of the Asian universities and the Australian government’s plan to cut funding could impact its position in future years.

See the top 100 below, or see the full set of rankings here.

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