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University of Sydney: World Rankings, National Rankings, Subject-wise Rankings 2020

Bhavya Rawal Bhavya Rawal
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With an incredible breadth and depth of subjects and disciplines offered at the University of Sydney, the university has been regularly ranked among the world’s top 50. A reimagined undergraduate curriculum, intensive research, and excellence in teaching, the University of Sydney ranks among the top 5 Australian universities

As per Times Higher Education Rankings, the University of Sydney rankings have been within top 65 in the world since 2015. Similarly, as per Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World rankings, the university ranks within the top 50 since 2012. 

The University of Sydney Business School was recognized by QS for its accounting and finance program among the top 25 in the world for the 7th consecutive year (in 2020). Master of management of the University of Sydney B-School is recognized by The Financial Times ((2013-2019), The Economist (2017-2019), and by QS (2020). The rankings are

  • FT Rankings-2019: #29
  • The Economist-2019: #35
  • QS 2020: #34

University of Sydney World Rankings

The research excellence of University of Sydney is driven and supported by more than 90 research centers. This helps the university for being recognized by various ranking agencies among the best universities in the world. Some of the global rankings of the University of Sydney by popular ranking agencies are as follows:

Ranking Agency2020 Rankings2019 Rankings
Quacquarelli Symonds#42#42
Times Higher Education#60#59
ARWUTo be announced#80
US News#27-
NTUTo be announced#29

Other University of Sydney Rankings

  • THE World Impact Rankings (2020): #2
  • QS Graduate Employability (2020): #4
  • THE World Reputation Rankings (2019): #61-70
  • US News Rankings Best Colleges in Australia/New Zealand: #2
  • QS 2021 Rankings for University of Sydney #40. 

The ranking agencies take account of various factors and focus on institutions for assessing their performance in each. These factors are usually based on students' experience, research intensiveness of a college, teaching excellence, citations, and more. Recognizing various factors of ranking of institutions allows a future aspirant to have a broader picture of the factors that they should consider while planning to pursue a degree abroad. Discussed below are certain world rankings of the University of Sydney along with their criteria or methodology. 

University of Sydney Rankings: QS

QS rankings for the University of Sydney have been consistently between the top 50 institutions in the world. Along with the World Rankings, the University of Sydney is also ranked among the top 5 institutions for its graduate employability rankings.

The factors used by QS to generate these rankings are as follows:

Academic Reputation97.440%
Employer Reputation95.310%
Faculty: Student21.420%
Citations per Faculty69.620%
International Faculty1005%
International Students1005%

The overall score generated is 77.1 for the University of Sydney QS World Rankings.

QS rankings use the following criteria for ranking the universities for their graduate employability:

Employer Reputation95.630%
Alumni Outcome93.825%
Partnership with Employers98.425%
Employer Student Connections99.210%
Graduate Employment Rate95.910%

The overall score is 98. University of Sydney ranks #4 position for its graduate employability.

This is higher than Harvard University graduate employability. The graduate employability is majorly suggestive of how easy do the graduates of masters program from University of Sydney find a job.

The graphical image below depicts the world and graduate employability rankings of University of Sydney for the past 5 years:

University of Sydney Rankings: QS

*Graduate employability rankings for the year 2021 are yet to be disclosed.

University of Sydney Rankings: Times Higher Education

Times Higher education ranking for the University of Sydney (2020) is #60. The parameters on which THE rankings are determined are discussed below followed by the University of Sydney rankings for the past 5 years.

Industry Income67.77.5%
International Outlook89.22.5%

The overall score of University of Sydney as per THE World Ranking’2020 is 69.3.

University of Sydney THE rankings

University of Sydney Rankings: US News

The University of Sydney is one of the oldest universities in Australia. It currently ranks #27 as per US News Best Global Universities rankings. Among various parameters that US News considers while ranking a university some are highly focussed on the research intensiveness of the university. These are detailed below:

Ranking IndicatorsRelative RanksWeightage
Global research reputation#6012.5%
Regional research reputation#212.5%
Normalized citation impact#20510%
Total Citations#227.5%
Number of publications among 10% most cited#2612.5%
Percentage of total publication that are among 10% most cited#22310%
International collaboration- relative to country#5685%
International collaboration#3615%
Number of highly cited papers among top 1% of the field#315%
Percentage of total publications that are among top 1% most highly cited papers#2685%

The total score is 78

University of Sydney Rankings: CWRU 

As per Center of World University Rankings (2020-2021), the University of Sydney is ranked among the top 100 in the world. CWUR ranks a university based on the following parameters:

  • Quality of Education Rank: #176
  • Alumni Employment Rank: #607
  • Research Performance Rank: #38
  • Overall Score: 81.9

The University of Sydney currently ranks #98 as per CWUR rankings 2020-21.

Other University of Sydney World Rankings

Apart from the above-mentioned rankings, some of the agencies that ranked University of Sydney among the top world universities are NTU and ARWU. Given below is a graphical image representing the comparison of these two rankings over the past few years:

University of Sydney Rankings

University of Sydney Rankings in Australia

The university is recognized as one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Australia. It is recognized among the top 5 universities and is known for accelerating a student’s leadership journey. 

Some of the national rankings of University of Sydney are:

  • QS Rankings: #2
  • THE Impact Rankings: #1
  • US News Best Global Universities in Australia: #2
  • CWUR National Rankings: #2

University of Sydney Subject Rankings

The University of Sydney offers over 400 subject areas to choose from. Various programs of University of Sydney are ranked by various agencies as the best in the world. Given below are some of the subject rankings of University of Sydney:

SubjectsQS Ranking (2020)NTU Rankings (2019)
Engineering & Technology#61#109
Natural Science#49#104
Social Science & Management#25#17
Life Science#24#54
Arts & Humanities#22-

Rankings, where University of Sydney ranked #1 in Australia, are given below along with their world rankings:

  • Oncology- #7
  • Veterinary Medicine- #12
  • Arts and Humanities- #14
  • Masters in Management- #27
  • Performing Arts- #15

Other subjects of the university that are recognized by various ranking agencies are:

SubjectAustraliaWorldRanking Source
Accounting & Finance322QS
Anatomy & Physiology428QS
Business & Management Studies341QS
Civil Engineering214QS
Life Sciences457THE
Metallurgical Engineering446ARWU
Public Health334ARWU

With ranking among the world’s and nation’s best universities, the University of Sydney ensures its students with education quality that has been challenging traditions for more than 160 years. It also offers the largest mobility program in Australia by partnering with around 250 universities in 40 countries ensuring students with a world-class education and research experience.

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