UQ leads Australia in ranking of top-10-rated subjects


The University of Queensland leads Australia and places 42nd globally in a new subject ranking that encompasses more than 26,000 higher education institutions.

The established Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) inaugural subject rankings highlight outstanding universities in science and social science, based on the numbers of research articles published in top-tier journals.

UQ has 13 subjects in the global top 10 – more than any other Australian university – and features in rank one for Biodiversity Conservation, rank two for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism and rank three for Marine and Freshwater Biology.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said he was thrilled that the University ranked so highly. “This achievement showcases the hard work that our researchers and academics put in to science and social science across UQ,” he said. “A number-one ranking in Biodiversity Conservation is an incredible achievement and underscores the impressive research firepower we bring to protecting the world’s species. “It’s why outstanding philanthropists such as the Turner Foundation partner with us to deliver multi-million conservation projects – they know they are collaborating with the best in the world.”

Professor Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor and President

With a global ranking of 42, UQ is one of only two Australian universities in the world top 50. “To be ranked so highly by a centre that bases its results purely on research output reinforces other measures such as the Nature Ranking,” Professor Høj said. “It highlights the breadth of multidisciplinary research and knowledge we can deploy to tackle the major challenges of the 21st Century, and to create change to build a better world.

The University of Queensland ranked worldwide as follows:

World Rank Subject
1 Biodiversity Conservation
2 Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism
3 Marine & Freshwater Biology
4 Water Resources
6 Ecology
6 Engineering, Environmental
6 Environmental Sciences
7 Sport Sciences
8 Environmental Studies
9 Anatomy & Morphology
9 Ergonomics
9 Rehabilitation
10 Tropical Medicine

The Center for World University Rankings publishes the largest academic ranking of global universities, drawing on data from Clarivate Analytics (previously the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters).


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