How do you decide which is the right university for you?
While it can be difficult to choose between universities, you will find that there are some key differences between them that can help you make the big decision. The most important thing is to determine what sort of character and focus the university has and ensure that it aligns with your own personality, interest and goals. Every university has its own persona, advantages/disadvantages and ranking standings in different ranking tables around the world.
Here we provide you some tips on which universities you can consider base on our detailed research & findings.
One of the most reliable source to determine a top-quality University is to use the QS World University Rankings as a reference. You may ask why? The reason is because most top-quality Universities pay very heavy attention to improve their standards (teaching quality, student experience, research output and graduate employability) to perform well in this annual ranking table. Most importantly many huge organisations especially the ones listed in Forbes Global 2000 companies use the QS rankings as a key reference when hiring potential graduates.
The QS Rankings are based on the expert opinion of more than 75,000 academics and 40,000 major employers around the world. It also analysed 12.3 million papers and more than 75 million research citations. It is one of the most famous worldwide university ranking organisations. 37 Universities in Australia is listed in the QS Rankings 2019 table and there are 15 Universities ranked top 250 globally.
| Academic reputation||40%||Based on internal global academic survey|
| Faculty/Student ratio||20%||A measurement of teaching commitment|
| Citations per-faculty||20%||A measurement of research impact|
| Employer reputation||10%||Based on a survey on graduate employers|
| International faculty ratio||5%||A measure of the diversity of the academic staff|
| International student ratio||5%||A measurement of the diversity of the student community|
So which University should you consider? Based on the 2019 rankings table, we highlight the following 7 Universities which is ranked top 100 in the world:
|Australia Ranking||World Ranking||University||City|
|1||23||Australian National University||Canberra|
|2||39||University oF Melbourne||Melbourne|
|3||42||University of Sydney||Sydney|
|4||45||University of New South Wales||Sydney|
|5||48||University of Queensland||Brisbane|
|7||91||University of Western Australia||Perth|
We also include a short clip to showcase the campus & facilities of the top 10 Universities in Australia
Universities to consider
ANU continues to be ranked number 1 in Australia and 24th in the world in 2019. It is a world-leading university in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. ANU’s location points to their unique history ties to the Australian Government and special standing as a resource for the Australian people.
The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1853, it is Australia’s second oldest sandstone university and the oldest in Victoria. 4 Australian prime ministers and 9 Nobel laureates have graduated from the University of Melbourne which is the most of any Australian University.
The University of Sydney (USYD) is founded in 1850 and was Australia’s first university and is regarded as one of the world’s leading universities. USYD offers the widest range of academic programs of any university in Australia and have been ranked top 50 universities in the world for the 14th year in a row. Its stunning campus is ranked in the top 10 of the world’s most beautiful universities by the British Daily Telegraph
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is the youngest and the founding member of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) a coalition of ‘Australia’s Leading Universities. UNSW is renowned for the quality of its graduates and its commitment to new and creative approaches to education and research. It is a powerhouse of ideas and innovation.
The University of Queensland (UQ) is located in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland and is known as the sunshine state of Australia. The main campus occupies much of the riverside suburb of St Lucia in Brisbane where students can hop on a free City Hopper ferry to jump between the city and the campus. UQ’s award-winning teachers employ innovative methods to meet the academic and professional needs of students.
If you are thinking of studying but unsure of which University is the best?
Below is a quick point of reference for your consideration.
Information is based on the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject
|Subject/Discipline||TOP RANK||Rank 2|
|Arts and Humanities||UMELB||ANU||USYD|
|Engineering and Technology||UMELB|
|Life Sciences and Medicine||UMELB||USYD||Monash|
|Social Sciences and Management||UMELB||ANU|
|Accounting and Finance||UMELB|
|Agriculture & Forestry||ANU|
|Anatomy & Physiology||UMELB||USYD||UWA|
|Archaeology||ANU||USYD||La Trobe University|
|Art & Design||RMIT||UTS||UNSW|
|Business & Management Studies||UMELB||UNSW||Monash|
|Civil & Structural Engineering||UNSW||USYD||UMELB|
|Communication & Media Studies||UMELB||QUT||UQ|
|Computer Science & Information Systems||UMELB||USYD||ANU|
|Earth & Marine Sciences||ANU||UMELB||UWA|
|Economics & Econometrics||UMELB||ANU||UNSW|
|English Language & Literature||USYD||UMELB||ANU|
|Hospitality & Leisure Management||Griffith||UQ||Monash|
|Library & Information Management||RMIT||Monash|
|Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering||USYD||ANU|
|Mineral & Mining Engineering||Curtin||UWA||UNSW|
|Pharmacy & Pharmacology||Monash||USYD||UQ|
|Physics & Astronomy||ANU||UMELB||USYD|
|Politics & International Studies||ANU||USYD||UMELB|
|Social Policy & Administration||ANU||UMELB||USYD|
|Statistics & Operational Research||UMELB||ANU||Monash|
|Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies||Monash||USYD||Deakin|
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