Forging ahead in academic rankings

Forging ahead in academic rankings

RMIT continues to advance on the global stage with further gains made in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

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The University moved up approximately 52 places this year, roaring into the 301-400 band compared with its position in the 401-500 band in 2017.

Vice-Chancellor and President Martin Bean CBE said the continued improvement was a testament to RMIT’s research, innovation and industry connectivity.

“It’s inspiring to see so many remarkable people dedicated to shaping the world across so many different fields at RMIT,” he said.

“From humble beginnings 131 years ago as a practical institution aimed at preparing students for a changing world of work, we’ve now also become an incubator of ground-breaking technology, exceptional creativity and world-leading research.”

With the world facing some of the biggest disruption anyone has ever seen, Martin said the work undertaken at RMIT had never been more important.

“Our industry connectivity drives the way we conduct our research and because of that, we’re helping solve real-world problems,” he said.

“It’s that unique combination that makes us who we are and why being part of the future at RMIT is so exciting.”

This is the third consecutive year that RMIT has been ranked in the ARWU.

Approximately 1,500 universities are ranked in the ARWU each year out of more than 15,000 institutions globally, with the best 500 universities published.

ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals; highly cited researchers selected by Clarivate Analytics; articles published in Nature and Science; articles indexed in Sciences Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index; and per capita performance.

This latest rankings improvement follows the recent release of the ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) where RMIT had three subjects listed in the top 100.


Story: Angel Calderon and Shelley Brady

16 August 2018


16 August 2018


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