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Overview

The ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities published by the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University), the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings and the THE (Times Higher Education) World University Rankings are considered the three most influential and widely-observed international university ranking systems.

Each of these ranking schemes aims to rank institutions against their peers using a variety of performance indicators. Data used to calculate performance is either supplied directly by institutions through an annual data collection process, or is sourced from publicly-available information such as government-published statistics or research/citations databases such as Scopus.

The approximate annual release dates for the institution-level results of the three ranking schemes are:

  • ARWU - August
  • QS - June
  • THE - September

In addition to institution-level ranking, each of the above schemes also undertakes ranking at a subject-level. The subject-level results are normally published shortly after the main ranking results are released.

ARWU Methodology

The ARWU ranking scheme uses six indicators of academic and research performance which are summarised in the table below. All indicators are derived from a given institution’s score as a percentage of the score of the top ranked institution in that indicator and are based on data obtained from publicly-available sources. Individual indicator scores are weighted to generate an aggregate overall score.

Data sources for the compilation of the ARWU are summarised below:

A full breakdown of the methodology used to compile the most recent, and previous years', rankings can be found on the AWRU website: http://www.shanghairanking.com/

QS Methodology

The QS ranking scheme uses several indicators of academic and research performance which are summarised in the table below. All indicators are derived from a given institution’s score as a percentage of the score of the top ranked institution in that indicator and are based on a mixture of data supplied directly by each institution, publicly available data and also the results of two surveys run by QS – measuring academic reputation and employer reputation.

All bibliometric and citations data for the compilation of the QS Rankings is sourced from Elsevier’s Scopus database: https://www.scopus.com

A full breakdown of the methodology used to compile the most recent, and previous years', rankings can be found on the QS website: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings

THE Methodology

The Times Higher Education methodology uses 13 indicators within five broader ‘pillars’ of Teaching, Research, International Outlook, Industry Income and Citations (see the table below). The pillar scores are weighted to generate an overall score for each institution.

All indicators are derived from a given institution’s score as a percentage of the score of the top ranked institution in that indicator and are based on a mixture of data supplied directly by each institution, publicly available data and also the results of two surveys run by THE – measuring academic reputation and research reputation.

All bibliometric and citations data for the compilation of the QS Rankings is sourced from Elsevier’s Scopus database: https://www.scopus.com

A full breakdown of the methodology used to compile the most recent, and previous years', rankings can be found on the THE website: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings

Other Rankings

Whilst the ARWU, QS and THE rankings are considered the three most influential ranking schemes, there are a variety of other global university ranking schemes which publish their results annually. A non-exhaustive list of other schemes is shown below:

Results

Overall Rankings

In 2018 the University's ranking remained stable in the ARWU scheme at position 139 whilst slight decreases were seen in the ranking positions in the QS and THE schemes to positions 114 and 135 respectively.

A breakdown of the University’s performance since 2012 within the ARWU, QS and THE schemes is shown in the table and chart below.

In all three ranking schemes the University was the eighth-ranked Australian institution, with the remainder of the Go8 topping the list.

Subject Rankings

A summary of subject areas in which the University has been ranked in the Top 100 institutions globally between 2014 and 2018 is shown in the tables below.

2018 Subject Rankings

2017 Subject Rankings
2016 Subject Rankings

2015 Subject Rankings

2014 Subject Rankings

A full summary of all University of Adelaide subject ranking results between 2014 and 2018 can be downloaded below:

University of Adelaide Subject Ranking Results 2014-2018 xls

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