The University leapt 34 places to 281st this year and has achieved a remarkable rise of 254 places overall in the past four years.
The ranking compared nearly 1,500 top institutions spread across 86 countries and focused on academic research and overall reputation.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Vice-President, Professor Calum Drummond, said these latest results continued the good news in a year of significant advancement across all major rankings schema.
“This outstanding result continues our strong academic and research performance and rapid progress on the world stage in recent years,” he said.
“It is rewarding to see that our quality of research, performance in top research publications and many international collaborations and partnerships are being recognised.
“We are proud of the real difference and contribution that our people are making to society across so many areas.”
Top rankings subjects:
RMIT’s standout subject ranking was for Civil Engineering, where the University ranked 36th in the world, up from 71st last year.
Other top-ranking subjects were Mechanical Engineering (47th), Engineering (69th), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (80th) and Computer Science (98th).
The US News Best Global Universities rankings calculated rankings across thirteen indicators including global and regional research reputation, publications, international collaboration and number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited.
RMIT’s growing esteem as a global university is reflected by its marked improvement across all major and prestigious ranking schemas in recent years.
Since 2015 the University moved up 81 places to rank 223rd in the QS World University Rankings and advanced more than 150 places to 330th in the Academic Rankings of World Universities.
The University has leapt more than 150 places since 2015 and is now ranked in the top 301-350 band in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
RMIT continued its strong performance in the 2020 CWTS Leiden Ranking, which ranks the world’s top research-intensive universities, moving up 21 places to be ranked 293rd globally on proportion of international publications, and ranking 225th on proportion of top 5% publications, up 120 places from 2019.
Story: Kate Milkins and Angel Calderon