RMIT has been ranked in the world’s top 35 universities for key subject areas in the latest QS rankings.
The University ranked 20th in the world for art and design, making it the top Australian university for the discipline, and 33rd for architecture and the built environment.
It is in the top 100 for engineering - civil and structural, electrical and electronic, and mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing – as well as computer science and information systems and business and management studies.
It is also ranked in the top 150 for chemical engineering, geography, accounting and finance, communication and media studies, and the top 200 for education, statistics and operational research.
For mathematics, it was ranked in the top 300 and for physics and astronomy, biological sciences and medicine it was listed in the top 350 in the world.
The annual subject rankings, by independent international research firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), rank universities at the level of individual fields of study.
Professor Paul Gough, Pro Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President, said the rankings was further evidence of RMIT’s reputation as a university of design.
“This is an outstanding result, a recognition of our global excellence in architecture, design and the creative arts,” he said.
“It is a reflection of our dedication to student and staff creativity, and our ambition to meet their personal, professional and vocational needs.”
Professor Aleksandar Subic, Dean of Engineering and Head of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, said RMIT’s strong industry links and global partnerships in research as well as teaching and learning were at the heart of its success.
“Our industry partnerships with companies such as Boeing, Airbus, BAE, Thales, Siemens, BMW, Rolls-Royce, Ford and Telstra have been central to the development of the University’s engineering capability and highly-skilled, sought-after graduates,” he said.
The QS subject rankings are based on a formula that combines academic reputation, employer reputation, citations and research impact.
The measurements involved evaluating more than 3650 universities across more than 13,100 academic programs.
RMIT was also recently ranked as 97th in the Times Higher Education top 100 Universities under 50 list.
This is the fourth year the prestigious publication has released the ranking, which aims to differentiate newer institutions from older or traditional universities.