Ranking organisations

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

In 2014, UWA was one of only eleven universities worldwide to achieve a QS Five Star Plus rating. UWA was awarded the maximum rating of Five Stars in the following areas: research; employability; teaching; facilities; internationalisation; innovation; specialist criteria and access.

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
ARWU17911512012711311211096918887969193
QS801116483848973798489981029391
THE------189190168157109125111-
USN&W---------1131289588-
NTU--213
238
212
199
190179166148137134129123

UWA's Position in Rankings of Universities 2005-17

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 20102011201220132014 2015 201620172018
NTU213238212199190179166148137134129123

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 2018 Rank
Agriculture25
Clinical Medicine110
Life Sciences125
Social Sciences125
Natural Sciences196
Engineering260

NTU broad field ranking for UWA.

NTU Subject Area UWA 2017 Rank
Plant & Animal Science15
Agricultural Sciences28
Geosciences40
Environment / Ecology53
Mechanical Engineering70
Civil Engineering124
Pharmacology & Toxicolog149
Electrical Engineering228
Computer Science241
Physics269

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
20052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
ARWU
179115120
127
113
112
110
9691
888796
9193

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.

FieldSubjectRank
EngineeringEnvironmental Science & Engineering18
Marine/Ocean Engineering12
Mining & Mineral Engineering5
Water Resources51-75
Life SciencesAgricultural Sciences14
Biological Sciences46
Medical SciencesClinical Medicine39
Nursing76-100
Public Health48
Natural SciencesEarth Sciences51-75
Ecology29
Oceanography *24
Social SciencesPsychology76-100

Subjects UWA ranked in the top 100.

Indicators
Definition
PUB PUB is the number of papers authored by an institution in an Academic Subject during the period of 2011-2015. Only papers of 'Article' type are considered. Data are collected from InCites database. 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 2012-2016 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 2012-2016. Only papers of ‘Article’ type are considered. Data are collected from InCites database. TOP is the number of papers published in Top Journals in an Academic Subject for an institution during the period of 2012-2016.

TOP

Top Journals are identified through Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Excellence Survey or by Journal Impact Factor. In 2018, 123 top journals selected by the Survey are used in rankings of 41 Academic Subjects. In Computer Science & Engineering, 14 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) 2016, 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.

Subject Weight (%)
PUB CNCI IC TOP AWARD
Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
23.8%23.8%4.8%23.8%23.8%
Biotechnology
31.3%31.3%6.3%31.3%
Chemical Engineering
23.8%23.8%4.8%23.8%23.8%
Civil Engineering
23.8%23.8%4.8%23.8%23.8%
Computer Science & Engineering
23.8%23.8%4.8%23.8%23.8%
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
23.8%23.8%4.8%23.8%23.8%
Environmental Science & Engineering
23.8%23.8%4.8%23.8%23.8%
Marine/Ocean Engineering
31.3%31.3%6.3%31.3%
Mechanical Engineering
23.8%23.8%4.8%23.8%23.8%
Mining & Mineral Engineering
31.3%31.3%6.3%31.3%
Water Resources
29.4%29.4%5.9%29.4%5.9%
Life Sciences
Agricultural Sciences
31.3%31.3%6.3%31.3%
Biological Sciences
23.8%23.8%4.8%23.8%23.8%
Human Biological Sciences
31.3%31.3%6.3%31.3%
Veterinary Sciences
31.3%31.3%6.3%31.3%
Medical Sciences
Clinical Medicine
23.8%23.8%4.8%23.8%23.8%
Dentistry & Oral Sciences
23.8%23.8%4.8%23.8%23.8%
Medical Technology
31.3%31.3%6.3%31.3%
Nursing
29.4%29.4%5.9%29.4%5.9%
Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
31.3%31.3%6.3%31.3%
Public Health
31.3%31.3%6.3%31.3%
Natural Sciences
Atmospheric Science
31.3%31.3%6.3%31.3%
Earth Sciences
23.8%23.8%4.8%23.8%23.8%
Ecology
31.3%31.3%6.3%31.3%
Geography
31.3%31.3%6.3%31.3%
Mathematics
23.8%23.8%4.8%23.8%23.8%
Oceanography
31.3%31.3%6.3%31.3%
Social Sciences
Business Administration
48.4%16.1%3.2%32.3%
Communication
48.4%16.1%3.2%32.3%
Economics
36.6%12.2%2.4%24.4%24.4%
Education
48.4%16.1%3.2%32.3%
Finance
48.4%16.1%3.2%32.3%
Hospitality & Tourism Management
45.5%15.2%3.0%30.3%6.1%
Law
48.4%16.1%3.2%32.3%
Management
48.4%16.1%3.2%32.3%
Political Sciences
45.5%15.2%3.0%30.3%6.1%
Psychology
48.4%16.1%3.2%32.3%

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
QS801116483848973798489981029391

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 (%) 2017 Rank
Academic
Employer
Citations
H-Index
Arts & Humanities 105
Archaeology
70 10 10 10
101-150
Architecture
70 10 10 10
101-150
Art & Design
90 10
151-200
English
80 10 10
101-150
History
60 10 15 15
51-100
Languages
70 30
201-250
Linguistics
80 10 5 5
151-200
Performing Arts
90 10
50
Engineering & Technology 121
Chemical Engineering
40 30 15 15
101-150
Civil Engineering
40 30 15 15
37
Computer Science
40 30 15 15
151-200
Electrical Engineering
40 30 15 15
101-150
Mechanical Engineering
40 30 15 15
151-200
Mining Engineering
50 20 15 15
7
Life Sciences & Medicine 58
Agriculture
50 10 20 20
32
Anatomy
40 10 25 25
13
Biology
40 10 25 25
51-100
Medicine
40 10 25 25
51-100
Pharmacy
40 10 25 25
151-200
Psychology
40 20 20 20
51-100
Natural Sciences 134
Chemistry
40 20 20 20
201-250
Earth Sciences
40 10 25 25
32
Environmental Sciences
40 10 25 25
51-100
Geography
60 10 15 15
51-100
Mathematics
40 20 20 20
101-150
Physics
40 20 20 20
251-300
Social Sciences & Management 68
Accounting & Finance
50 30 10 10
51-100
Business
50 30 10 10
51-100
Communication
50 10 20 20
151-200
Economics
40 20 20 20
101-150
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
51-100
Sports
60 10 15 15
21
Statistics
50 10 20 20
151-200

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
THE189190168157109125111

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 three key fields.

SubjectUWA 2017 Rank
Life Sciences69
Education79

UWA’s subjects ranked in the top 100.

About the US News & World Ranking

The US News & World Ranking was first created in 2014. As the ranking is relatively new, the methodology has undergone a number of revisions. 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
Key2014201520162017
US N&W1131289588

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 2017 Rank
Plant and Animal Science18
Agricultural Sciences25
Environment/Ecology40
Geosciences60
Psychiatry/Psychology68
Molecular Biology and Genetics97
Clinical Medicine97
Social Sciences and Public Health104
Immunology118
Space Science130
Biology and Biochemistry140
Economics and Business143
Engineering147
Arts and Humanities155
Pharmacology and Toxicology169
Neuroscience and Behaviour
175

Subject areas ranked in the top 200.