31 international collaborators in top 100 of world uni rankings

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The University of Adelaide’s position as South Australia’s leading university has been reaffirmed by the latest world university rankings. In addition, 31 of our international collaborators are in the Top 100.

The Times Higher Education  World University Rankings for 2021  has seen the University of Adelaide improve its position by two places, now ranked 118th in the world – and again 7th in Australia.

The University of Adelaide remains in the top 1% of universities worldwide.

Interim Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Brooks says the global ranking is positive news for South Australia at a challenging time for higher education globally.

While the University of Adelaide has seen a rise in ranking, we are also pleased to see 31 of our international collaborators in the Top 100:

  • #1 University of Oxford
  • #5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • #16 University College London
  • #18 University of Toronto
  • #20 Tsinghua University
  • #23 Peking University
  • #25 National University of Singapore
  • #28 Carnegie Mellon University
  • #30 University of Edinburgh
  • #34 University of British Columbia
  • #35 King's College London
  • #36 University of Tokyo
  • #39 University of Hong Kong
  • #40 McGill University
  • #41 Technical University of Munich
  • #45 KU Leuven
  • #48 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • #54 Kyoto University
  • #56 Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • #60 Seoul National University
  • #64 University of California, Davis
  • #69 McMaster University
  • #70 Fudan University
  • #73 University of Montreal
  • #78 University of Tübingen 
  • #83 University of Freiburg
  • #84 University of Copenhagen
  • #91 University of Bristol
  • #92 University of Glasgow
  • #97 National Taiwan University
  • #100 Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Congratulations to our colleagues on their ranking achievements.

The University of Adelaide is the highest-ranked university in South Australia across each of the major global rankings:

  • QS World University Rankings: 106
  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings: 118
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities: 152

It is estimated that there are well over 20,000 universities in the world.

“We know that none of the international ranking systems is perfect, but they are a broad indicator of the esteem in which a university is held,” Professor Brooks said.

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