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 2020
ARWU 179 115 120 127 113 112 110 96 91 88 87 96 91 93 99 85
QS 80 111 64 83 84 89 73 79 84 89 98 102 93 91 86 92
THE - - - - - - 189 190 168 157 109 125 111 134 131 139
USN&W - - - - - - - - - 113 128 95 88 81 86 -
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 20162017201820192020
ARWU179115120127113112110969188879691939985

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.

Please refer to the ARWU website for information on the methodology.

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

Field Subject Rank
Engineering Environmental Science & Engineering 21
Marine/Ocean Engineering 5
Mining & Mineral Engineering 4
Water Resources 46
Life Sciences Agricultural Sciences 17
Biological Sciences 34
Human Biological Sciences 33
Medical Sciences Clinical Medicine 29
Nursing 76
Public Health 51
Natural Sciences Earth Sciences 50
Ecology 47
Oceanography 22
Social Sciences Hospitality & Tourism Management  76
Psychology 51

Subjects UWA ranked in the top 100.

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 (%) 2020 Rank
Academic
Employer
Citations
H-Index
Arts & Humanities
60 20 10 10
158
Archaeology
70 10 10 10
101-150
Architecture
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
151-200
Linguistics
80 10 5 5
151-200
Performing Arts
80 20
51-100
Philosophy
70 5 10 10
101-150
Engineering & Technology
40 30 15 15
143
Chemical Engineering
40 30 15 15
151-200
Civil & Structural
40 30 15 15
30
Computer Science
40 30 15 15
201-250
Electrical & Electronic
40 30 15 15
151-200
Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing
40 30 15 15
151-200
Mining & Mineral
40 30 15 15
3
Life Sciences & Medicine
40 10 25 25
92
Agriculture & Forestry
50 10 20 20
45
Anatomy & Physiology
40 10 25 25
23
Biological Sciences
40 10 25 25
51-100
Medicine
40 10 25 25
101-150
Pharmacy & Pharmacology
40 10 25 25
101-150
Psychology
40 20 20 20
51-100
Natural Sciences
40 20 20 20
139
Chemistry
40 20 20 20
251-300
Earth & Marine Sciences
40 10 25 25
29
Environmental Studies
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
50 30 10 10
133
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 and Training
50 10 20 20
51-100
Law & Legal Studies
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
20
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 2020
THE 189 190 168 157 109 125 111 134 131 139

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
Key201420152016201720182019
US N&W11312895888186

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.