Melbourne and Sydney among top 10 university cities in the world

by Ramya Manoharan | Jul 13, 2017


Melbourne has added another feather to its cap. In addition to being the most liveable city in the world, it has now been listed among the top five best university cities in the world.

Times Higher Education (THE), which releases one of the most influential university rankings in the world, has placed Melbourne fourth – on par with New York and Cambridge - in the list of cities where the top 500 universities are based.

THE Best University Cities of 2017 report says that seven of the top 500 tertiary education institutions are located in Melbourne, including the University of Melbourne and Monash University. Sydney is placed sixth on the list, along with Chicago, Stockholm, Tokyo and Washington DC. The five institutions in Sydney that are among the top 500 universities are the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales.

Sherbyl Thomas says she’s proud of being a resident of Melbourne. “This tag gives one the idea that Melbourne is not just a beautiful place but also one that is progressive and one that can contribute to the world. I hope it retains this position or goes higher up in the rankings in the next 10 years when my children will be old enough to go to uni,” she says.

University of Melbourne third in Asia-Pacific region

The University of Melbourne has received its own share of accolades, by being placed third in the list of top universities in the Asia-Pacific region. The top two in the region are the National University of Singapore and Peking University in China. Tsinghua University in northwest Beijing and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore are fourth and fifth on the list.

The Australian National University comes eighth, followed by the University of Queensland at number 10, University of Sydney at 11 and Monash University at 12.

Australia has a total of 35 universities in the list of 200 institutions in the region. Researchers suggest that building ties with academic and students across Asia, and China in particular, has helped Australia gain a prominent position on the rankings. A majority of Australia’s 280,000 international higher education students are from the Asia-Pacific region and the report says that many recruiters are also based in the region as well, forging a symbiotic relationship between these countries.

“Banking, engineering, computer science and management consultancy firms in Southeast Asia are seeing Australian campuses as an important port of call where they might find high-quality graduates who can move effortlessly between the two continents, whose global political and economic importance are growing rapidly,” says Jack Grove in his THE Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2017: Backyard Bonanza for Oz report.

Top five universities in Australia

The university is ranked 33rd in THE's World University Rankings 2016-2017 and first in Australia. The report lists six institutions in Australia among the top 100 in the world. The Australian National University (ANU) is ranked 47th, while both the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland are ranked at 60.

The University of Sydney, the oldest in Australia, is ranked as the third best in the country. Five Australian prime ministers graduated from this uni. Fourth on the list of top five universities in Australia is the University of Queensland, followed by Monash University.

Top universities in New Zealand

The University of Auckland, described as an internationally minded university by THE, comes first on the list of top tertiary institutions in the country and is ranked 165th in the world. The University of Otago comes second.

Victoria University, which comes next on the list, is best known for its law and humanities courses. Victoria is followed by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. The University of Canterbury is credited with founding the first art school in the country, and its four year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is well sought after. 

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