Ranking organisations

The five most recognised international university rankings demonstrate the growing strength of The University of Western Australia's research performance.

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
ARWU 179 115 120 127 113 112 110 96 91 88 87 96 91 93 99
QS 80 111 64 83 84 89 73 79 84 89 98 102 93 91 86
THE - - - - - - 189 190 168 157 109 125 111 134 131
USN&W - - - - - - - - - 113 128 95 88 81 -
NTU - - 213
238
212
199
190 179 166 148 137 134 129 123 116

UWA's Position in Rankings of Universities 2005-19

About the National Taiwan University Ranking (NTU)

The National Taiwan University Ranking (NTU) rankings first appeared in 2007. The ranking methodology has been relatively consistent since 2008 and is heavily reliant upon research output (Web of Science indexed articles).

Full NTU rankings
Key 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
NTU 213 238 212 199 190 179 166 148 137 134 129 123 116

NTU Ranking for UWA.

Performance Indicators

Within the NTU ranking there is no normalisation of citation data, which boosts the results of universities focused on medical and physical sciences, due to publication practices in those fields.

Staff size is not taken into account in the ranking (although the NTU team does provide a separate score for each university which has been adjusted for size).

Indicator 2015 Overall Performance Indicators Weighting (%)
Research Productivity Number of articles in the last 11 years* (2007-2017) 10 25
Number of articles in the current year (2017) 15
Research Impact Number of citations in the last 11 years* (2007-2017) 15 35
Number of citations in the last 2 years* (2016-2017) 10
Average number of citations in the last 11 years* (2007-2017) 10
Research Excellence h-index of the last 2 years (2016-2017) 10 40
Number of Highly Cited Papers* (2007-2017) 15
Number of articles in the current year in high-impact journals (2016-2017) 15

Weighting of Performance Indicators. Note: The timeframe of the three long-term indicators is consistent with that in ESI, providing cumulative data for the last 11 years.

Subject Rankings

The NTU Rankings have also expanded to include rankings by broad fields and specific subject areas for the top 300 universities in the world.

NTU Broad Field UWA 2019 Rank
Agriculture26
Engineering265
Life Sciences141
Medicine101
Natural Sciences213
Social Sciences112

NTU broad field ranking for UWA.

NTU Subject Area UWA 2019 Rank
Agricultural Sciences34
Biology & Biochemistry122
Civil Engineering100
Clinical Medicine103
Computer Science255
Economics & Business119
Electrical Engineering228
Environment / Ecology53
Geosciences45
Immunology124
Mechanical Engineering72
Microbiology193
Molecular Biology & Genetics109
Neuroscience & Behavior193
Pharmacology & Toxicolog198
Plant & Animal Science15
Psychiatry / Psychology89
Social Sciences, General109
Space Science95

NTU subject area for UWA.

About the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

The ARWU first appeared in 2003. Although there have been some changes in the criteria used to rank universities, the ranking methodology has been fairly consistent since 2005.

Full ARWU rankings
200520062007200820092010 20112012201320142015 2016201720182019
ARWU
179115120
127
113
112
110
9691
888796
919399

ARWU World Ranking for UWA.

Performance Indicators

While the ARWU provides a list of the top 500 universities world wide, only the top 100 are provided with a ranked position. The remaining institutions are ranked in bands of either 50 or 100.

However, as the ARWU provides a score for each indicator for all 500 universities, we are able to determine the ranked position of all institutions to a high degree of accuracy.

ValueIndicator
Alumni winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, with the value declining over time since the winner's graduation (100 year time limit)10%
Staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals with the value declining over time since the award was granted (100 year time limit)20%
Highly-cited researchers affiliated to the institution on the Thomson Reuter's Highly Cited website in 21 broad subject categories20%
Articles published in Nature and Science over a five year window, weighted for the position of the institution in list of affiliations20%
The number of articles and published proceedings papers listed in the Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index for the previous calendar year20%
The per capita academic performance (on the indicators above) of an institution
10%

Weighting of performance indicators.

Subject Rankings

In 2017, a new subject ranking was introduced, which expanded the subjects ranked from 5 to 52 and changed the methodology used to determine the rankings. In 2018 two new subjects were introduced bringing the total to 54.

Field Subject Rank
Engineering Environmental Science & Engineering 19
Marine/Ocean Engineering 7
Mining & Mineral Engineering 5
Water Resources 51-75
Life Sciences Agricultural Sciences 18
Biological Sciences 35
Human Biological Sciences 31
Medical Sciences Clinical Medicine 8
Nursing 76-100
Public Health 51-75
Natural Sciences Atmospheric Science 76-100
Earth Sciences 51-75
Ecology 24
Geography 76-100
Oceanography 28
Social Sciences Psychology 76-100

Subjects UWA ranked in the top 100 in 2019.

Methodology

Indicators
Definition
PUB PUB is the number of papers authored by an institution in an Academic Subject during the period of 2013-2017. Only papers of 'Article' type are considered. Data are collected from Web of Science and InCites. Papers in different Web of Science categories are grouped into relevant Academic Subjects (Classification of Web of Science Categories into Academic Subjects
CNCI Category Normalized Citation Impact (CNCI) is the ratio of citation of papers published by an institution in an Academic Subject during the period of 2013-2017 to the average citations of papers in the same category, of the same year and same type. A CNCI value of 1 represents world-average performance while a value above 1 represents performance above the world average. Only papers of 'Article' type are considered. Data are collected from InCites database.
IC International collaboration (IC) is the number of publications that have been found with at least two different countries in addresses of the authors divided by the total number of publications in an Academic Subject for an institution during the period of 2013-2017. Only papers of ‘Article’ type are considered. Data are collected from InCites database.
TOP

TOP is the number of papers published in Top Journals in an Academic Subject for an institution during the period of 2013-2017. Top Journals are identified through ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Excellence Survey or by Journal Impact Factor. In 2019, 134 top journals selected by the Survey are used in rankings of 45 Academic Subjects. In Computer Science & Engineering, 17 selected top conferences are also taken into account this year. The list of the top journals and conferences can be found here. For Academic Subjects that do not have journals identified by the Survey, the JCR top 20% journals are used. Top 20% journals are defined as their Journal Impact Factors in the top 20% of each Web of Science category according to Journal Citation Report (JCR) 2017, and then aggregated into different Academic Subjects. Only papers of ‘Article’ type are considered.

AWARD

AWARD refers to the total number of the staff of an institution wining a significant award in an Academic Subject. Staff is defined as those who work full-time at an institution at the time of winning the prize. If a researcher was retired at the time of winning the award, we count the institution where the researcher’s last full-time academic position was at. The significant awards in each subject are identified through ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Excellence Survey. The list of the significant awards in each subject can be viewed here

If a winner is affiliated with more than one institution at the time of winning the award, each institution is assigned the reciprocal of the number of institutions. If the award is awarded to more than one winner in one year, weights are set for winners according to their proportion of the prize. Different weights are set according to the periods of winning the prizes. The weight is 100% for winners in 2011-2015, 75% for winners in 2001-2010, 50% for winners in 1991-2000, and 25% for winners in 1981-1990.

Key for subject rankings indicators.

Field Subject PUB CNCI IC TOP AWARD
Natural Sciences Mathematics  100 100 20 100 100
Physics  100 100 20 100 100
Chemistry  100 100 20 100 100
Earth Sciences  100 100 20 100 100
Geography  100 100 20 100
Ecology  100 100 20 100
Oceanography  100 100 20 100
Atmospheric Science  100 100 20 100
Engineering Mechanical Engineering  100 100 20 100 100
Electrical & Electronic Engineering  100 100 20 100 100
Automation & Control  100 100 20 100 100
Telecommunication Engineering  100 100 20 100
Instruments Science & Technology  100 100 20 100
Biomedical Engineering  100 100 20 100
Computer Science & Engineering  100 100 20 100 100
Civil Engineering  100 100 20 100 100
Chemical Engineering  100 100 20 100 100
Materials Science & Engineering  100 100 20 100 100
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology  100 100 20 100
Energy Science & Engineering  100 100 20 100
Environmental Science & Engineering  100 100 20 100 100
Water Resources  100 100 20 100 20
Food Science & Technology  100 100 20 100
Biotechnology  100 100 20 100
Aerospace Engineering  100 100 20 100
Marine/Ocean Engineering 100 100 20 100
Transportation Science & Technology  100 100 20 100
Remote Sensing 100 100 20 100
Mining & Mineral Engineering  100 100 20 100
Metallurgical Engineering  100 100 20 100
Life Sciences Biological Sciences  100 100 20 100 100
Human Biological Sciences  100 100 20 100 100
Agricultural Sciences  100 100 20 100
Veterinary Sciences  100 100 20 100
Medical Sciences Clinical Medicine  100 100 20 100 100
Public Health  100 100 20 100
Dentistry & Oral Sciences  100 100 20 100 100
Nursing  100 100 20 100 20
Medical Technology 100 100 20 100
Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences  100 100 20 100 20
Social Sciences Economics  150 50 10 100 100
Statistics  150 50 10 100 100
Law  150 50 10 100
Political Sciences 150 50 10 100 20
Sociology  150 50 10 100
Education  150 50 10 100
Communication  150 50 10 100
Psychology  150 50 10 100
Business Administration  150 50 10 100
Finance  150 50 10 100
Management  150 50 10 100
Public Administration  150 50 10 100
Hospitality & Tourism Management  150 50 10 100 20
Library & lnfonnation Science  150 50 10 100

Indicators and weights.

About QS Ranking

The QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) Ranking was introduced in 2005 and was conducted in conjunction with the Times Higher Education magazine until 2009.

Full QS rankings
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
QS80111648384897379848998102939186

QS World Ranking for UWA.

Performance Indicators

The QS ranking is based on six indicators, with 50% of the score determined by academics and business employers responses to reputation surveys.

QS have excluded self-citations since 2011. In 2015, QS introduced a hybrid model where normalization is applied to citation totals at the faculty area level. Given that around 49% of global citations are in the Life Sciences & Medicine area, applying this adjustment made a substantial difference to the indicator and overall performance of certain institutions, including UWA. In 2016, QS excluded papers with more than 10 affiliated institutions.

IndicatorPercentage
Academic Reputation40%
Employer Reputation10%
Faculty Student Ratio20%
Citations per Academic (Scopus)20%
International Academic Ratio5%
International Student Ratio5%

Weighting of performance indicators.

Subject Rankings

QS employ an different set of measures for their subject rankings, which list the top 200 universities in a given field. Each of the 54 subjects (across five broad areas) has different weightings applied to four factors:

Academic reputation:
Data are pulled on a per-subject basis from the survey employed in the main ranking.
Employer reputation:
Data are pulled on a per-subject basis from the survey employed in the main ranking.
Citations per paper:
Data are extracted from Scopus, and are calculated across a five year window (2010 to 2014 for the 2016 ranking)
H-Index:
Two h-indices are calculated; one for all the papers that are attributable to the given subject (h1), and one to the papers that are only attributable to that subject (h2). These are aggregated with double weight given to h2.
Subject Weight (%) 2019 Rank
Academic
Employer
Citations
H-Index
Arts & Humanities 135
Archaeology
70 10 10 10
101-150
Architecture /Built Environment
70 10 10 10
101-150
Art & Design
90 10
151-200
English Language & Literature
80 10 10
51-100
History
60 10 15 15
51-100
Modern Languages
70 30
201-250
Linguistics
80 10 5 5
151-200
Performing Arts
80 20
51-100
Engineering & Technology 135
Chemical Engineering
40 30 15 15
151-200
Civil & Structural
40 30 15 15
33
Computer Science
40 30 15 15
151-200
Electrical & Electronic
40 30 15 15
101-150
Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing
40 30 15 15
101-150
Mining Engineering
40 30 15 15
4
Life Sciences & Medicine 84
Agriculture & Forestry
50 10 20 20
42
Anatomy & Physiology
40 10 25 25
22
Biological Sciences
40 10 25 25
51-100
Medicine
40 10 25 25
101-150
Pharmacy & Pharmacology
40 10 25 25
151-200
Psychology
40 20 20 20
42
Natural Sciences 132
Chemistry
40 20 20 20
201-250
Earth & Marine Sciences
40 10 25 25
37
Environmental Sciences
40 10 25 25
51-100
Geography
60 10 15 15
101-150
Mathematics
40 20 20 20
151-200
Physics & Astronomy
40 20 20 20
201-250
Social Sciences & Management 115
Accounting & Finance
50 30 10 10
51-100
Business & Management Studies
50 30 10 10
101-150
Communication & Media Studies
50 10 20 20
151-200
Economics & Ecomometrics
40 20 20 20
151-200
Education
50 10 20 20
51-100
Law
50 30 5 15
51-100
Politics & International Studies
50 30 10 10
151-200
Sociology
70 10 5 15
101-150
Sports
60 10 15 15
24
Statistics & Operational Research
50 10 20 20
151-200

Subject ranking and their weight by subject

About the Times Higher Education Ranking (THE)

The THE Ranking was introduced in 2005. Until 2009, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ran the rankings for the THE. The 2010 THE ranking had a new set of criteria and relied on information gathered from Thomson Reuters, as well as survey data and institutional statistics. The 2015 THE ranking moved from using Thomson Reuters to Scopus for the provision of data.

Full THE rankings
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
THE189190168157109125111134131

Time Higher Education World Ranking for UWA.

Performance Indicators

There has been some tweaking of the indictors since the introduction of the ranking in 2010 including an indictor for the level of international collaboration (judged using publication data in the WOS).

The THE ranking utilises Z scores for all data sets except for the results of the academic reputation survey.

Each data point is given a score based on its distance from the mean average of the entire data set, where the scale is the standard deviation of the data set.

IndicatorPercentage
Teaching - the learning environment 30%
Citations - research influence 30%
Research - volume, income and reputation 30%
International Outlook - staff, students and research 7.5%
Industry income - innovation 2.5%

Weighting of Performance Indicators

There has been some tweaking of the indictors since the introduction of the ranking in 2010 including an indictor for the level of international collaboration (judged using publication data in the WOS).

The THE ranking utilises Z scores for all data sets except for the results of the academic reputation survey.

Each data point is given a score based on its distance from the mean average of the entire data set, where the scale is the standard deviation of the data set.

The Z-score is then turned into a "cumulative probability score" to arrive at the final totals.

For the results of the reputation survey, the data are highly skewed in favour of a small number of institutions at the top of the rankings. In the 2012-13 ranking, THE introduced an exponential component to increase differentiation between institutions lower down the scale.

In 2015, THE removed 649 papers with more than 1,000 authors from the citations indicator, which prevents individual very highly cited papers from skewing the citation score criteria of small institutions.

Also in 2015, THE blended equal measures of a country-adjusted and non-country-adjusted raw measure of citations scores. THE argue that this presents a 'more rigorous approach to international comparison of research publications'.

The move from Thomson Reuters to Scopus bibliometric assisted in UWA's significant rise in the 2015 ranking. At the time of the ranking Scopus covered significantly more Australian journals than Thomson Reuters, thereby increasing UWA’s score for papers per faculty member and citation scores.

the world university rankings 2016-2017 methodology

The world university rankings 2016-2017 methodology.

Subject Rankings

THE also conducts rankings by subject areas, with UWA ranked in the top 100 in two key fields.

Subject UWA 2020 Rank
Engineering & technology126-150
Computer science201-250
Arts & humanities201-250
Education101-125
Law75
Social sciences126-150
Business & economics151-175

UWA’s subjects rankings.

About the US News & World Ranking

US News & World – the US newspaper famous for its annual ranking of American universities – launched a global ranking system in 2014. In 2018, the ranking has refined its methodology each year since its inception; therefore, this year's results are not directly comparable to previous years'. Compared to the QS and THE rankings, the US News and World methodology has a greater focus on research, but still includes a reputational survey component.

Full USN&W rankings
Key20142015201620172018
US N&W113128958881

US News & World Ranking for UWA.

Performance Indicators

Broad Indicator Indicator Weighting (%)
ReputationGlobal research reputation12.525
Regional research reputation12.5
Research ProductivityPublications1015
Books2.5
Conferences2.5
Citation MetricsNormalized citation impact1050
Normalized citation impact7.5
# publications in top 10% highly cited papers12.5
% publications in top 10% highly cited papers10
# publications in top 1% highly cited papers5
% publications in top 1% highly cited papers5
International CollaborationInternational collaboration 5
% publications with international collaboration5

Weighting of Performance Indicators.

Subject Rankings

US N&W also conducts rankings by subject areas, with UWA ranked in the top 200 in sixteen key fields:

Subject UWA 2018 Rank
Plant and Animal Science20
Agricultural Sciences22
Environment/Ecology41
Geosciences45
Psychiatry/Psychology58
Molecular Biology and Genetics129
Clinical Medicine93
Social Sciences and Public Health120
Immunology111
Space Science117
Biology and Biochemistry140
Economics and Business159
Engineering135
Arts and Humanities147
Pharmacology and Toxicology117
Neuroscience and Behaviour
159

Subject areas ranked in the top 200.