The University of New South Wales has again been ranked in the world's top 50 universities, cementing its position as a global leader.

UNSW came in at 47 on the UK Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2009, one of six Australian institutions to make the top 50.

"We're delighted to see UNSW retain its position as one of the top universities in the world," said Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Henry.

"We are particularly pleased to have a global ranking of 18th on employer satisfaction - this is a great tribute to the quality of our graduates.

"More generally, it's pleasing that all of Australia's top research intensive universities - the Group of Eight - have ranked in the top 100. It shows that our universities are continuing to punch above their weight in an increasingly competitive global environment."

Harvard once again claimed the top spot, with Cambridge second and Yale third.

The annual rankings of the leading 200 universities are based on six factors: academic and employer surveys, staff-student ratios, research citations and the proportion of international staff and students.

Full results are available at The Times website.

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