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
ARWU179115120127113112110969188879691
QS8011164838489737984899810293
THE------189190168157109125111
USN&W---------11312895-
NTU------189190168157109125129

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 (publications of a university).

Full NTU rankings
Key2007200820092010 2011 20122013 201420152016 2017
NTU213238212199190179166148137134129

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* (2004-2014) 10 25
Number of articles in the current year (2014) 15
Research Impact Number of citations in the last 11 years* (2004-2014) 15 35
Number of citations in the last 2 years* (2013-2014) 10
Average number of citations in the last 11 years* (2004-2014) 10
Research Excellence h-index of the last 2 years (2013-2014) 10 40
Number of Highly Cited Papers* (2004-2014) 15
Number of articles in the current year in high-impact journals (2013-2014) 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 FieldUWA 2017 Rank
Agriculture27
Social Science122
Clinical Medicine112
Life Sciences139
Engineering262
Natural Sciences236

NTU broad field ranking for UWA.

NTU Subject AreaUWA 2016 Rank
Plant & Animal Science19
Agricultural Sciences25
Geoscience38
Environment/Ecology53
Mechanical Engineering87
Civil Engineering106
Pharmacology & Toxicology177
Electrical Engineering231
Computer Science244

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
2005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
ARWU
179115120
127
113
112
110
9691
888796
91

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.

Broad Subject Area Rankings

In recent years, along with many other ranking systems, the ARWU has branched out and now produces a number of broad subject area rankings and more refined subject field rankings. However, only the top 200 universities are listed, and individual ranked positions are limited to the top 50.

The methodology for subject rankings also departs somewhat from the ARWU. Rather than a Nature and Science score, the 'Percentage of papers published in top 20% journals' in the field/discipline are used. Also, the per capita academic performance indictor has been removed, and the value of staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals has been reduced to 15 percent.

For the Engineering field, a new indicator, 'Total engineering-related research expenditures' has also been introduced, which replaces the Award and Alumni criterion for Nobel Prizes and the Fields Medal.

ARWU Broad Subject Area
UWA's 2016 Rank
Life and Agricultural Sciences
24
Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy
51-75
Social Sciences
76-100
Natural Sciences & Mathematics
201+
Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences
201+

UWA's ARWU ranking by broad subject area.

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.

Indicators
Definition
PUBPUB 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).
CNCICategory Normalized Citation Impact (CNCI) is the ratio of citation of papers published by an institution in an Academic Subject during the period of 2011-2015 to the average citation 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 2011-2015. 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 2011-2015. Top Journals are identified through ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Excellence Survey or by Journal Impact Factor. In 2017, 94 top journals selected by the Survey are used in rankings of 33 Academic Subjects. The list of the top journals 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) 2015, and then aggregated into different Academic Subjects. Only papers of ‘Article’ type are considered. In the Academic Subject of Public Health, although a top journal is selected by the Survey, there is no ‘Article’ type paper on it, therefore we use JCR top 20% journals instead.

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 (%) UWA 2017 Rank
PUB CNCI IC TOP AWARD
Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
23.823.84.823.823.8
201-300
Biotechnology
31.331.36.331.3
201-300
Chemical Engineering
23.823.84.823.823.8
201-300
Civil Engineering
23.823.84.823.823.8
201-300
Computer Science & Engineering
23.823.84.84.842.9
151-200
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
23.823.84.823.823.8
151-200
Energy Science & Engineering
23.823.84.847.6
201-300
Environmental Science & Engineering
23.823.84.823.823.8
16
Marine/Ocean Engineering
31.331.36.331.3
9
Mechanical Engineering
23.823.84.823.823.8
101-150
Mining & Mineral Engineering
31.331.36.331.3
7
Water Resources
31.331.36.331.3
76-100
Life Sciences
Agricultural Sciences
31.331.36.331.3
14
Biological Sciences
23.823.84.823.823.8
30
Human Biological Sciences
31.331.36.331.3
151-200
Veterinary Sciences
23.823.84.847.6
151-200
Medical Sciences
Clinical Medicine
23.823.84.823.823.8
42
Medical Technology
31.331.36.331.3
151-200
Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
23.823.84.823.823.8
51-75
Public Health
31.331.36.331.3
51-75
Natural Sciences
Earth Sciences
23.823.84.823.823.8
51-75
Ecology
31.331.36.331.3
22
Geography
31.331.36.331.3
76-100
Mathematics
23.823.84.823.823.8
201-300
Physics
23.823.84.823.823.8
401-500
Social Sciences
Economics
36.612.22.424.424.4
201-300
Education
41.713.92.841.7
76-100
Finance
48.416.13.232.3
201-300
Hospitality & Tourism Management
48.416.13.232.3
51-75
Management
41.713.92.841.7
101-150
Psychology
41.713.92.841.7
101-150

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
2005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
QS8011164838489737984899810293

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 46 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 (%) 2016 Rank
Academic
Employer
Citations
H-Index
Arts & Humanities 108
Archaeology
70 10 10 10
51-100
Architecture / Built Environment
70 10 10 10
101-150
Art & Design
90 10
101-150
English Language & Literature
80 10 10
51-100
History
60 10 15 15
51-100
Languages
70 30
151-200
Linguistics
80 10 5 5
201-250
Performing Arts
90 10
33
Philosophy
75 5 10 10
151-200
Engineering & Technology 124
Chemical Engineering
40 30 15 15
151-200
Civil & Structural Engineering
40 30 15 15
48
Computer Science & Info Systems
40 30 15 15
151-200
Electrical Engineering
40 30 15 15
101-150
Mechanical Engineering
40 30 15 15
101-150
Mineral & Mining Engineering
50 20 15 15
11
Life Sciences & Medicine 55
Agriculture & Forestry
50 10 20 20
31
Anatomy & Physiology
40 10 25 25
13
Biological Sciences
40 10 25 25
51-100
Medicine
40 10 25 25
51-100
Pharmacy & Pharmacology
40 10 25 25
201-250
Psychology
40 20 20 20
41
Natural Sciences 143
Chemistry
40 20 20 20
201-250
Earth & Marine Sciences
40 10 25 25
43
Environmental Sciences
40 10 25 25
51-100
Geography
60 10 15 15
51-100
Mathematics
40 20 20 20
151-200
Physics & Astronomy
40 20 20 20
201-250
Social Sciences & Management 78
Accounting & Finance
50 30 10 10
51-100
Business & Management Studies
50 30 10 10
51-100
Communication & Media Studies
50 10 20 20
101-150
Economics & Econometrics
40 20 20 20
101-150
Education
50 10 20 20
51-100
Law
50 30 5 15
101-150
Politics & International Studies
50 30 10 10
151-200
Sociology
70 10 5 15
101-150
Sports-related Subjects
60 10 15 15
20
Statistics & Operational Research
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 Sciences67
Education79
Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health86

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
Key201420152016
US N&W11312895

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 Collaboration 10

Weighting of Performance Indicators.

Subject Rankings

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

Subject UWA 2017 Rank
Plant and Animal Science22
Agricultural Sciences26
Environment/Ecology44
Geosciences63
Psychiatry/Psychology70
Molecular Biology and Genetics107
Social Sciences and Public Health108
Clinical Medicine112
Immunology114
Engineering140
Space Science142
Arts and Humanities157
Neuroscience and Behavior157
Biology and Biochemistry161
Economics and Business168

Subject areas ranked in the top 200.