Rankings rise again

Rankings rise again

RMIT has performed strongly in the 2020 CWTS Leiden Ranking, which ranks the world’s top research intensive universities.

The University moved up 21 places to be ranked 293rd globally on proportion of international publications, and was ranked 225th on proportion of top 5% publications, up 120 places from 2019.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Vice-President, Professor Calum Drummond, said the results in the latest CWTS Leiden Ranking demonstrated the university’s focus on intensifying research and innovation and strong connections with industry.

 “As a University that works closely with industry, we are proud to conduct research that will make a real and positive difference to our society,” he said.

“These results also reflect our ongoing focus on supporting our researchers, professional support staff and graduate research students with quality facilities and opportunities to collaborate widely and across disciplines.”

The latest ranking results follow the recent release of the ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects where RMIT has gone from strength to strength, with seven subjects ranked in the top 100 this year. Engineering and Technology subjects continued as stand-out performers for RMIT.

The ShanghaiRanking relies on bibliometric data and assesses over 4,000 universities but only publishes rankings for 1,800 institutions. Art, Architecture and Design subjects are not covered by the ShanghaiRanking system.

Ranking measures included measures of research productivity, research quality, extent of international collaboration, and the highest academic recognitions.

Top 50

Mining and Mineral Engineering and Aerospace Engineering

Top 100

Automation and Control, Civil Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Instruments Science and Technology

Top 150

Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Food Science and Technology and, Transportation Science and Technology

Top 200

Telecommunication Engineering, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Communication, Finance, Management, Public Administration, and Hospitality and Tourism Management

RMIT results by subject in the 2020 ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

The subject ranking results reinforce RMIT’s global standing as reflected in other ranking schemas, including QS Rankings by Subject.


Story: Kate Milkins and Angel Calderon

09 July 2020


09 July 2020


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