Top Universities In Australia 2021

Top Universities In Australia 2021: Australia features 36 universities in the recently released QS World University Rankings 2021. Of these, only six have fallen in rank this year, with the majority of Australian universities making significant improvements.

Australian National University (ANU) is once again the top university in Australia this year, despite dropping two places in the rankings.

The rankings are based on a methodology which assesses each university on its academic and employer reputations, research impact and more.

Read on for a closer look at the country’s top 10 universities, as well as a brief overview of how the other 26 performed.

QS World University Rankings 2021 – Top 10 Universities in Australia

Aus. Rank

Global Rank




Australian National University (ANU)



University of Sydney


  41 University of Melbourne
4   44

University of New South Wales (UNSW)


  46 University of Queensland (UQ)
6   55

Monash University


  92 University of Western Australia (UWA)
8   106=

University of Adelaide


  133= University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
10   196

University of Wollongong

10. University of Wollongong

Entering the Australian top 10 this year is the University of Wollongong, placing 196th in the world after rising an incredible 16 places. The university performs well for the citations per faculty indicator, ranking 75th in the world – a reflection of its high quality of research output

The University of Wollongong was originally founded in 1975 on the donations of local people. Since then the university has acted in partnership with its communities to make an impact in the Illawarra region and to address society’s economic, environmental, social and medical challenges.

9. University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

In joint 133rd, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has risen seven places in the world university rankings this year. UTS scores exceptionally well in the citations per faculty, international students and employer reputation indicators, ranking 67th, 78th and 85th respectively.

Established in 1988, UTS is one of the youngest top Australian universities. Their aim is to advance knowledge through research-inspired teaching, using their partnerships with industry, professions and the community.

8. University of Adelaide

Established in 1874, the University of Adelaide is Australia’s third oldest university and places joint 106th place this year in the world university rankings.

The University of Adelaide ranks 44th worldwide for the international students indicator and more than 7,860 of the university’s 21,142 students are international students from over 100 different countries.

7. University of Western Australia (UWA)

The first of seven Australian universities to feature in the top 100 in the world, the University of Western Australia falls five places in the rankings to 92nd in 2021.

UWA outscores all of the Australian universities above it for both the proportion of international faculty members and the number of citations per faculty member (a measure of research output).

6. Monash University

Monash University climbs three places this year, to steal 55th position. It ranks among the world’s 50 best universities for its academic reputation indicator (43rd) and earns a perfect score in the international students indicator.

Monash University is mainly based in Melbourne but has five campuses in the state of Victoria and two overseas, in Malaysia and South Africa.

5. University of Queensland (UQ)

Entering the five top universities in Australia now, we start with the University of Queensland (UQ), which rises one place this year to claim 46th.

The university’s alumni include two Nobel laureates, Peter C. Dogerty and John Harsanyi; Academy Award winner, Geoffrey Rush; and leaders in government, law, science, public service and the arts. Researchers from UQ have been responsible for a number of recent innovations, such as the cervical cancer vaccine.

4. University of New South Wales (UNSW)

In 44th place is the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Despite falling one place in this year’s world university ranking, the University of New South Wales remains in fourth place in Australia.

UNSW is a founding member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities. The university places in the top 50 for all but one of the indicators, performing less well in the faculty student ratio indicator.

3. University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne drops three places in the world rankings this year, placing 41st in the world. A member of the Group of Eight, it boasts the title of being the highest ranked Australian university for both academic and employer reputation and ranks in the world top 30 for both.

The university also performs well in the international students indicator and international students make up 42 percent of its student population, coming from more than 130 countries.

2. University of Sydney

After rising two places this year, the University of Sydney is Australia’s second-best university, ranking 40thworldwide. It earns perfect scores in the international faculty and international students indicators.

Founded in 1850, the University of Sydney was Australia’s first university and is a member of the Group of Eight.

1. Australian National University (ANU)

Australian National University (ANU) is the top Australian university for another year running, scoring well across almost all of the indicators, including the academic reputation, international faculty, international students and citations per faculty ratio indicators, which all rank within the top 50 worldwide.

The main ANU campus is located in Acton, Canberra, but there are also campuses in New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

The remaining 26 Australian universities are ranked from number 11 as follows.

QS World University Rankings 2021 – Top Universities in Australia

Aus. Rank

Global Rank University



University of Newcastle, Australia (UON)

12   =214

Macquarie University


  =217 Curtin University



Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

15   =223

RMIT University


  =275 Deakin University
17   =295

University of Southern Australia (UniSA)



Griffith University

19   =308

University of Tasmania



Swinburne University of Technology

21   =398

La Trobe University


  =414 Bond University
23   =423

Flinders University


  =456 University of Canberra
25   =462

James Cook University (JCU)


  =474 Western Sydney University
27 551-560

Victoria University


571-580 Murdoch University
29 591-600

Central Queensland University


651-700 Edith Cowan University (ECU)



Charles Darwin University

=31 701-750

University of Southern Queensland


751-800 Southern Cross University
=34   801-1000

Australian Catholic University


  801-1000 Charles Sturt University
=34   801-1000

University of New England Australia

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