Only one Australian university has been named in the world’s top 20 list for 2018, according to a major global ranking of higher education institutions.
The Australian National University in Canberra topped the local list in the QS World University Rankings, released on Thursday, moving up two places from last year to be ranked 20th in the world.
Sydney University slipped down four places to 50th, while other universities across Australia performed well in the international rankings, with many surging up the list.
Best university in the country: The Australian National University in Canberra has been named in the world’s top 20 list for 2018, coming in at 20th place
Sydney University (pictured) slipped down four places to 50th, while other universities across Australia performed well
The University of Queensland (pictured) came in at equal 47th place on the international rankings
Did you university crack the top 100?
* 20 Australian National University
* =41 University of Melbourne
* 45 University of New South Wales
* =47 University of Queensland
* 50 University of Sydney
* 60 Monash University
* =93 University of Western Australia
There are seven Australian universities in the top 100 this year and another 10 in the top 300.
The University of Melbourne, NSW and Queensland all managed to crack the top 50, while Monash and the University of Western Australia squeezed into the top 100.
Overall, 37 Australian institutions made the rankings – two more than last year – alongside 922 international universities.
The QS rankings are based on the expert opinion of tens of thousands of academics and employers from around the world plus research papers and citations.
The University of Melbourne came in at equal 41st on the list – and second in Australia – on the list, which takes into account expert opinions of thousands of academics and employers
Heavyweight: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came 1st in the world for the second year in a row
The top three universities in the world remained unchanged from last year, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) coming in at first place.
Stanford University came in at second, while prestigious Ivy League university Harvard came in third.
United Kingdom heavyweights Cambridge, Oxford, UCL and the Imperial College of London all made it inside the top 10.
Australian National University Vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt said the result was a wonderful testament to the institution’s world-leading research and the dedication of its staff and students.
‘ANU is a truly global university, and we work hard to attract the best and brightest students, academics staff and researchers from around the world,’ he said.
Stanford University (pictured) came in at second, while prestigious Ivy League university Harvard came in third
The QS rankings are based on the expert opinion of tens of thousands of academics and employers from around the world plus research papers and citations