UQ rankings prove international impact


With a strong focus on research and teaching excellence, UQ is committed to providing our students with an education the world will recognise.

In 2018, UQ has excelled on the world stage, and proven student satisfaction on home soil as measured by several key independent rankings. We are proud of these outcomes, which are the results of dedication and hard work from our outstanding people.

2019 U.S. News Best Global Universities

In the University’s latest rankings success, UQ has climbed to 42nd place in the world (up from 45th last year) in the 2019 U.S. News Best Global Universities Ranking released on 30 October, 2018.

UQ has six subject areas in the world’s top 30:

  • 6th in Environment/Ecology
  • 19th in Agricultural Sciences 19th
  • 21st in Social Sciences and Public Health 
  • 23rd in Plant and Animal Science 
  • 24th in Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • 30th in Microbiology.

2018 – 2019 The Center for World University Rankings

UQ has taken 3rd in Australia and 74th in the word in the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) 2018 - 2019.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 

UQ has held its position in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2018  — also known as the Shanghai Jiao Tong ­— ranking 55th globally and second in Australia for the third successive year.

2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings

The University has climbed yet another place in the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings, matching its overall global ranking of 48th. The result places UQ well within the top 10 per cent of institutions worldwide for positive graduate employment prospects.

National Taiwan University (NTU) Ranking

UQ continues to be ranked overall 3rd in Australia, and took 43rd globally.

The NTU Ranking publishes its latest overall, six field and fourteen subject rankings of world universities based on the performance of scientific papers. UQ ranks in the top 50 in the world for three fields in 2018:

  • 4th in Agriculture
  • 19th in Social Sciences
  • 37th in Life Sciences.

Read more about UQ's performance in the National Taiwan University (NTU) Ranking.

TIMES Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific (APAC) University Ranking 2018

UQ ranks 9th in the Asia Pacific and 65th globally in the TIMES Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific (APAC) University Ranking 2018.

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018

In 2018 more than 4000 institutions were ranked in 54 subjects across natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences. UQ is the only Australian university with a number 1 spot and with three subjects ranked within the top 10:

  • 1st in Mining and Mineral Engineering
  • 3rd in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • 7th in Biotechnology.

Read more about UQ's performance in the 2018 ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

2019 QS World University Rankings

UQ is ranked 1st in Queensland, 5th in Australia, and 48th in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings. The 2019 QS World University Rankings considered more than 4700 universities from 151 countries and evaluated more than 1200 of them in detail. QS evaluated universities according to the following six indicators:

  • academic reputation (40%) 
  • employer reputation (10%)
  • faculty/student ratio (20%)
  • citations per faculty (20%)
  • international faculty ratio (5%)
  • international student ratio (5%).

Read more about UQ’s QS World University Ranking.

2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject

UQ is ranked top 30 in the world in 10 subjects, in the QS World University Rankings by Subject: 

  • 3rd in Sport Sciences
  • 10th in Mineral and Mining Engineering
  • 12th in Environmental Sciences
  • 15th in Education
  • 16th in Hospitality and Leisure Management
  • 24th in Chemical Engineering
  • 25th in Agriculture and Forestry
  • 25th in Pharmacy
  • 27th in Psychology.

UQ ranks 1st in Australia in both environmental sciences and chemical engineering, and 3rd in the world in sports-related subjects. Five UQ subjects rank 2nd in Australia, including agriculture and forestry, biological sciences, hospitality and leisure management, materials science and sports-related subjects. 

Read more about UQ’s performance in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Nature Index top academic institutions

UQ climbed from 3rd in Australia last year to 1st position on the 2018 Top Institutions Table. The University’s global position jumped 17 places to 110th in the world. UQ ranks 60th in the world in Life Sciences, and 86th in the world in Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The Nature Index tables are based on weighted fractional counts of high-quality natural sciences research outputs published in Nature Index journals for the previous calendar year.

Read more about UQ’s performance in the Nature Index.

2018 CWTS Leiden Rankings

UQ is 1st in Australia and 28th in the world for global research quality in the 2018 CWTS Leiden Ranking.

The University’s life and earth sciences ranks 11th globally, with 2453 publications in recognised journals, including 42 in the top 1% most frequently cited. UQ’s social sciences and humanities ranked 30th with 1634 publications in recognised journals, including 23 in the top 1% most frequently cited.

The 2018 CWTS Leiden Ranking measures the impact of research publications and collaborations of universities around the world, and is based on Web of Science indexed publications. This ranking separately reports scientific impact and collaboration rather than aggregating many dimensions of university performance into a single rank. 

Read more about UQ's performance in the CWTS Leiden Ranking.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

UQ is ranked 1st for student experience among the Group of Eight (Go8) universities.

UQ also ranked well above the national average in:

  • teaching quality at 83.4% (national average 80.9%)
  • learning resources at 87.1% (national average 84.1%)
  • full-time employment outcomes at 73.3% (national average 70.6%).

Results are based on the 2016 and 2017 student experience surveys.

The QILT is a series of national, higher education surveys endorsed by the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training that covers the student life cycle from commencement to employment. QILT provides prospective students with relevant and transparent information about Australian higher education institutions from the perspective of recent students and graduates.

Find out more about UQ’s student satisfaction in the QILT surveys.

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