Global reputation grows with major rankings progress

Global reputation grows with major rankings progress

RMIT has moved up 51 places in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, strengthening its reputation as a leading global university.

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The University has leapt more than 150 places since 2015 and is now ranked in the top 301-350 band.

The rankings compared 1527 institutes from 92 countries across four key areas including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

RMIT achieved a standout result for international outlook, ranking 59th globally and placing the University in the top 4% of universities for this area that includes an assessment of international collaboration.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Vice-President, Professor Calum Drummond, said RMIT’s outstanding progression in key rankings schema reflected the University’s growing esteem as a global leader and commitment to national and international collaboration.

“RMIT’s strong industry connections underpin our endeavours across the University and continue to boost our reputation for outstanding research that is making a positive difference in the world,” he said.

“Whether it is contributing directly to our communities, economy or environment, our research is geared to help solve the many challenges that are arising in our constantly changing world.

“We are proud of our standing as a highly regarded institution with a strong culture of continuous improvement.

“We are also extremely proud of our continued achievements in embedding a culture of staff and student diversity and inclusion.”

RMIT’s growing esteem as a global university is also reflected by its marked improvement across all major and prestigious ranking schemas in the past five 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.

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


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