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UNSW’s standing as one of the world’s leading universities has been further strengthened as it consolidates its top 50 position in the QS World University Rankings, announced today.

The 2015-16 league table ranks UNSW at 46 – up from 48 last year.

UNSW enjoys an enviable employer reputation, ranking 22 in the world. On academic reputation, the ranking is 42.

In individual subject areas, UNSW continues its rise in Engineering and Technology – up six places from last year to 21. Also ranked 21 is Social Sciences and Management. Arts and Humanities has jumped 10 places to 41 and Life Sciences and Medicine has jumped four to 43.

The biggest improvement came in Natural Sciences, which jumped 40 places to 61.

UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs says the results reflect a positive trend across a range of rankings and other indicators.

“I am delighted with the performance of UNSW in the latest QS World University Rankings,” Professor Jacobs says.

“This ranking is yet another strong endorsement of the trajectory of UNSW and the cutting-edge research and high quality teaching performed by our talented staff.

“The success of our students and alumni as well as our strong relationships with corporate and industry partners enable us to achieve this positive ranking.

“Importantly, our ranking demonstrates that UNSW has a solid foundation on which to implement our ambitious 2015-2025 strategy. Our strategy will establish UNSW as Australia’s global university, and will take us even higher in the rankings,” Professor Jacobs says.

The annual QS rankings use six indicators to compare the world’s top 800 universities: academic and employer reputation, staff–student ratios, research citations and the proportion of international staff and students.

The full QS rankings are available here.