1. World Rankings of Australian Universities
Australian universities are strongly represented in world university rankings. Depending on the ranking system, Australia has around six of the world's top 100 universities. Most of the other Australian universities rank in the top 500 or top 1000.
The table shows survey rankings of QS (also see Times), academic research rankings of Shanghai ARWU and the web publishing rankings of Webometrics.
Why world rankings are flawed
Although we have reproduced world rankings, we caution against using them for comparing universities. World rankings rely on opinion surveys and research publication stats. A high ranking doesn't mean much in terms of a student's learning experience.
World rankings don't consider student ratings or graduate salaries for example. These stats can't be effectively compared across countries. The rankings really just measure academic prestige and how much research universities publish.
2. Australian University Rankings
The most reliable Australian university rankings are from Uni Reviews Australia. They use Australian data on course ratings and graduate salaries. University performance is measured in a balanced way that focuses on education quality.
Universities are rated on 3 performance indicators (reputation, ratings, results). Scores are added to get overall rankings.
Reputation is measured by how well a university has done in world university rankings.
- World rankings indicate the esteem of a university among academics and broader society.
- A high ranking suggests a degree from the uni may be highly regarded by employers.
Ratings is course satisfaction among students, as reported in the Australian Graduate Survey. Course satisfaction is measured as the % of students who felt positively about their course experience overall.
Results is a salary measure that mathematically combines observed salaries, rates of further study, and unemployment. The indicative salary quantifies how well graduate careers are going shortly degree completion.
3. Student Satisfaction with University Courses
% of graduates with positive satisfaction rating
For satisfaction ratings by study area (e.g. business, arts), see rankings by subject.
Australian university graduates have high satisfaction rates. Around 82% are happy with their course overall.
- Graduates are surveyed some months after finishing a course.
- Over 2015 and 2016, the top university for bachelor-program satisfaction was Bond (90.1%).
- For postgraduate study, the leading mainstream university was UNE (88.6% satisfaction).