What are the top ranking universities in Australia? How well do they perform in the international league tables? According to the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2009, Australian National University (ANU) is the No. 1 institution in the nation, ranked 48th best globally, followed by Monash and UNSW.

According to THES-QS World University Ranking 2008, the highest ranked university is ANU (16th internationally), followed by University of Sydney (37th internationally) and University of Melbourne (38th internationally).

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2008, ANU is again the Number ONE institution in Australia (59th globally), followed by Melbourne (73rd globally) and Sydney (97th globally). The prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities are all ranked among the World's top 300 in the league table. Go8 includes ANU, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, UWA, Queensland, Monash and UNSW.

The Top 10 Universities in Australia (Webometrics):
National Rank, Institution, World Rank
1 Australian National University 48
2 Monash University 111
3 U of New South Wales 120
4 U of Sydney 125
5 U of Queensland 127
6 U of Melbourne 130
7 U of Adelaide 248
8 U of Western Australia 318
9 Queensland U of Technology 353
10 Rmit University 371

Source: Webometrics 2009

Top 10 Australian Universities (published by the Melbourne Institute in 2007):
  1. Australian National Uni
  2. Uni of Melbourne
  3. Uni of Sydney
  4. Uni of Queensland
  5. Uni of New South Wales
  6. Monash
  7. Uni of Western Australia
  8. Uni of Adelaide
  9. Macquarie
  10. Queensland U of Technology
Teaching Performance Rankings (Top 10 list) (published in the Australian newspaper):
1 - University of Wollongong
2 - Australian Maritime College
3 - University of Melbourne
4 - Swinburne University of Technology
5 - University of Queensland
6 - Australian National Univ
7 - Univ of New England
8 - Univ of Canberra
9 - Univ of Ballarat
10 - Univ of Sydney

* Suggested Reading:

Newsweek Ranking of Australian Universities

IRU Australia Universities in Global Ranking

Best TAFE Courses in Australia

Australia's University in ARWU Top 500
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek