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UNSW sweeps ARWU world subject rankings

July 15, 2019

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney has swept the influential ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (ARWU) 2019, scoring the most subjects ranked first in Australia for the second year in a row. Globally it was again listed as having the most number of subjects ranked, with 52 out of 54, for the third year in a row.

The university has 13 subjects ranked first this year compared with 11 in 2018. Three UNSW subjects have been ranked in the top 10 globally and 22 subjects in the top 50.

In the top 10 globally were Water Resources, which was ranked seventh, Mining and Mineral Engineering at eighth and Civil Engineering at ninth.

Thirteen UNSW subjects – Water Resources, Civil Engineering, Remote Sensing, Finance, Library and Information Science, Telecommunication Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Atmospheric Science, Psychology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Management, and Mathematics – ranked first in Australia.

ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects has published the ARWU by academic subjects since 2009. The rankings assess more than 4000 universities across 54 subjects in natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences.

UNSW deputy vice-chancellor (Research) Professor Nicholas Fisk acknowledged UNSW’s achievements in continuing to climb up the ranks and congratulated the hard-working university community on the excellent results.

“Today’s results in these prestigious rankings underscore the breadth, depth and consistency of UNSW research across almost the whole range of disciplines. Off the back of recent success in various national and international rankings, this supports UNSW not only as a leader in research quality and impact, but also for our research reach,” said Prof. Fisk.

United States universities continued to dominate the rankings, occupying first place in 35 disciplines, followed by China with 11. The best performing institution in the world continued to be Harvard, taking 14 crowns, ShanghaiRanking said in a statement.

The methodology to determine the ranking includes the number of papers published, international collaboration and citation impact. Results are based on subject analysis of last year’s global ARWU rankings. 

UNSW Sydney offers an incredible study environment to nurture growth and encourage forward-thinking through its 3000-strong faculty and 7000-strong research community that has powered some of the most seminal research. For more details, please visit

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