RMIT has continued to improve in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), moving up 29 places from 351 in 2021 to 322 in 2022.
The ranking released by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy demonstrates the University’s momentum as a globally recognised research and education institution with the University moving up by more than 170 places from outside the top 500 in 2015.
The 2022 ranking compared more than 2500 top institutions worldwide and focused on academic research in nature and science and alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals.
ShanghaiRanking also recently released the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, where RMIT strengthened its standing in the number of subjects ranked in the world’s top 100, whilst retaining its overall standing in the number of subjects ranked in the world’s top 200.
Subjects in the School of Engineering and College of Design and Social Context continued to gain prominence, rising further in the top ranks.
Professor Calum Drummond, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, said the results demonstrate the University’s rising reputation as a leading academic and research institution in industries where skills demand is growing.
“Our University continues to drive research in the areas of STEM and social sciences.”
“We’re proud of our growing research portfolio led by experienced academics who strive to make a real positive impact nationally and globally.”
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President, Professor Tim Marshall said he was delighted to see subjects within his college and across RMIT continuing to perform so well.
“These results are testament to RMIT’s high-calibre and innovative teaching and research practices across Art and Design, Communication and the Built Environment, and the Arts and Humanities, as well as across the University,” he said.
“It’s wonderful to see our diverse, creative and industry-connected programs continuing to be recognised here in Australia and internationally.”
Top rankings subjects:
Rankings were released in 54 subject areas across five faculty areas and more than 1,800 institutions from 96 countries are included in the 2022 edition. RMIT is ranked in 35 (compared to 34 in 2021) subjects out of 54.
Of these, nine are ranked in the top 100, compared to six last year, and 11 ranked in the 101-200 band, compared to 14 last year.
Standout subject rankings were for Aerospace Engineering where the University ranked 37 in the world up from 46 last year and Civil Engineering which moved up into the top 50 band to 47 from the 51-75 band last year.
Other top-ranking subjects were Automation and Control, Instruments Science and Technology, Mining and Mineral Engineering, Hospitality and Tourism, Food and Science Technology and Communication - all 7 in the top 100 subjects.
The University had 6 subjects in the top 150 in the areas of engineering, finance and management and another 5 in the top 200.
Story by: Katie Comas