RMIT excels again in global rankings

RMIT excels again in global rankings

RMIT has placed in the top 250 in the 2022 US News Best Global Universities rankings, consolidating the University’s reputation as one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions.

The University leapt 37 places to 244th this year and has achieved a remarkable rise of 291 places overall in the past five years.

The ranking compared 1,750 top institutions spread across 91 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 recognised the University’s strong academic and research performance and standing on the global stage.

“We are extremely proud that our quality of research, performance in top research publications and many international collaborations and partnerships are being recognised,” he said.

“At RMIT, we continue to strive to make real difference and contribution to our communities, both here and across the globe.”

Top rankings subjects

RMIT’s standout subject ranking was for Civil Engineering, where the University ranked 43rd in the world.

Other top-ranking subjects were Engineering (64th), Mechanical Engineering (67th), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (78th) and Computer Science (104th).

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.

Continued rise in major rankings

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 94 places to rank 206th in the QS World University Rankings and advanced more than 160 places to 341st in the Academic Rankings of World Universities.

The University has leapt more than 180 places since 2015 and is now ranked in the top 301-350 band in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

RMIT continued its strong performance in the 2021 CWTS Leiden Ranking, which ranks the world’s top research-intensive universities, moving up 79 places to be ranked 157th globally on citation impact, and ranking 106th on proportion of top 1% publications, up 104 places from 2020.

RMIT was also ranked number three overall in the world in the 2021 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings that showcase progress against the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by measuring a university’s environmental, social and economic impact.

Story: Kate Milkins and Angel Calderon


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