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Best universities in Australia 2022

Find the best universities in Australia with Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2022 data

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September 2 2021
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Top 10 universities in Australia 2022

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World University Rank 2022 Australia Rank 2022 University City State/territory
33 1 University of Melbourne Melbourne Victoria
=54 =2 Australian National University Canberra Australian Capital Territory
=54 =2 The University of Queensland Brisbane Queensland
57 4 Monash University Melbourne Victoria
=58 5 University of Sydney Sydney New South Wales
70 6 UNSW Sydney Kensington New South Wales
111 7 University of Adelaide Adelaide South Australia
=132 8 The University of Western Australia Perth Western Australia
=143 9 University of Technology Sydney Sydney New South Wales
=170 10 University of Canberra Canberra Australian Capital Territory

If you are looking to study in Australia, you will need to know which are the top universities in Australia. 

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There are 37 top universities in Australia, according to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2022, and six of them feature in the prestigious top 100, meaning there is no shortage of choice.

The best Australian universities are spread across the country, from Perth in the west to Brisbane in the east, Darwin in the north and Hobart in the south.


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The best university in Australia, according to the THE rankings, is the University of Melbourne – the only university in the country to make the top 50 of the overall world ranking (33). It is followed by the Australian National University and The University of Queensland in joint 54th place, Monash University (57) and the University of Sydney (58).

Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind the UK and the US – pretty impressive for a nation of just 24 million people.

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5. University of Sydney

 - Founded in 1851, the University of Sydney is the oldest university in Australia.
- Approximately 46,000 students attend the University of Sydney, representing some 134 nations.

The are more than 280 overseas exchange programmes in place with more than 30 countries.

No fewer than five Australian prime ministers attended the university, including Edmund Barton who, in 1901, won Australia’s first ever federal election.

There are more than 90 research centres at the university undertaking globally recognised research in a range of areas. 

4. Monash University

Monash University was founded in 1958 and is the largest university in Australia.
- Famous alumni include musician Nick Cave, Booker-winning novelist Peter Carey, and playwright David Williamson.

The university was named after the engineer, military leader and public administrator Sir John Monash.

Students can choose from more than 6,000 courses across 10 faculties: art, design and architecture; arts; business and economics; education; engineering; information technology; law; medicine, nursing and health sciences; pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences; and science.

The university has many campuses across Victoria and Australia, as well as international campuses in Malaysia, Italy, India and China. It operates several libraries at all its campuses, housing more than 3.2 million items in total.


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=2. The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland has about 40,000 students enrolled, including 12,000 international students from 141 countries.
- It also has one of Australia’s largest PhD cohorts with about 13,800 postgraduate students registered.

Famous graduates include a Nobel laureate, two Fortune 500 company CEOs, Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush and poet Bronwyn Lea.  

The university’s main campus is located in the green and leafy inner Brisbane suburb of St Lucia – one of the most affluent areas of the city. There are two other campuses as part of the university and 40 teaching and research sites. 

Approximately a third of the students come from overseas from more than 142 countries. 

=2. Australian National University

- The Australian National University was established in 1946.
- It is located in Canberra, Australia’s capital city and seat of government. 

The university was originally created as a postgraduate research university by the Parliament of Australia

It counts six Nobel prizewinners among its faculty and alumni, and is even run by a Nobel laureate. Brian Schmidt, who won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics (with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess) for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, is the institution’s vice-chancellor.

ANU has many partnerships with international universities, including Yale University, the University of Oxford, ETH Zurich, and the National University of Singapore

1. University of Melbourne

- The University of Melbourne was founded in 1853, making it the second oldest university in the country. 
- Nobel prizewinner Peter Doherty (physiology and medicine) and fellows of the Royal Society David Solomon and David Boger all teach or research at Melbourne.

It is home to 47,000 students and 6,500 members of staff, and has 280,000 alumni around the world (some 15 per cent of whom live outside Australia).

More than 12,000 international students are enrolled at the University of Melbourne, and if you do get a place there, you will be joining students from 130 countries.


Top universities in Australia 2022

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World University Rank 2022 Australia Rank 2022 University City State/territory
33 1 University of Melbourne Melbourne Victoria
=54 =2 Australian National University Canberra Australian Capital Territory
=54 =2 The University of Queensland Brisbane Queensland
57 4 Monash University Melbourne Victoria
=58 5 University of Sydney Sydney New South Wales
70 6 UNSW Sydney Kensington New South Wales
111 7 University of Adelaide Adelaide South Australia
=132 8 The University of Western Australia Perth Western Australia
=143 9 University of Technology Sydney Sydney New South Wales
=170 10 University of Canberra Canberra Australian Capital Territory
192 11 Macquarie University Sydney New South Wales
=193 12 Queensland University of Technology Brisbane Queensland
201–250 =13 Griffith University Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan Queensland
201–250 =13 La Trobe University Melbourne Victoria
201–250 =13 Western Sydney University Sydney New South Wales
201–250 =13 University of Wollongong Wollongong New South Wales
251–300 =17 Australian Catholic University Sydney New South Wales
251–300 =17 Curtin University Perth Western Australia
251–300 =17 Deakin University Geelong Victoria
251–300 =17 Flinders University Adelaide South Australia
251–300 =17 James Cook University Townsville City Queensland
251–300 =17 University of Newcastle Callaghan New South Wales
301–350 =23 RMIT University Melbourne Victoria
301–350 =23 University of South Australia Adelaide South Australia
301–350 =23 Swinburne University of Technology Hawthorn Victoria
301–350 =23 University of Tasmania Hobart Tasmania
401–500 =27 Edith Cowan University Joondalup Western Australia
401–500 =27 University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba Queensland
401–500 =27 Victoria University Melbourne Victoria
501–600 =30 Bond University Gold Coast Queensland
501–600 =30 Charles Darwin University Casuarina Northern Territory
501–600 =30 Murdoch University Murdoch Western Australia
601–800 =30 Federation University Australia Brisbane Victoria
601–800 =30 Southern Cross University Lismore New South Wales
601–800 =30 University of the Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast Queensland
801–1000 =36 Central Queensland University Rockhampton Queensland
801–1000 =36 Charles Sturt University Bathurst New South Wales
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