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Rankings success for Monash

Monash University's Wind Tunnel
The Monash Wind Tunnel is a leading aerodynamic test facility and reflects the success of the University's engineering department.

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Monash University welcomed the ShanghaiRanking's 2017 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) released June 28 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities’ (ARWU), in which the University came first in Australia in eleven subjects (two tied equal first) and overall had sixteen subjects ranked internationally in the top 50.

Six Engineering subjects ranked number one in Australia, with Monash’s highest achieving subject being metallurgical engineering, which received an international rank of 9th.

Monash also ranked number one in Australia for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (22nd in the world), Law (28th in the world), Economics (43 in the world) and Education (19 in the world).

Monash President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the 2017 rankings reflected the University’s continued endeavours to advance its exceptional record in research, education and international collaboration:

“Monash was named the most innovative university in Australia by Reuters earlier this month, and this latest result is further recognition of the positive impact the University is making in research and innovation worldwide,” Professor Gardner said.

This is the first year that the ShanghaiRankings GRAS ranking has produced a comprehensive set of academic subjects. There are now 52 subjects across natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences ranked. In 2017, more than 4,000 universities were ranked.

Rankings criteria

To be included in the academic subject rankings, universities are required to meet a minimum publication threshold during the period of 2011-2015, with the threshold varied for different subjects. The GRAS uses information sourced independently from the InCites database (sourced from Web of Science) and uses indicators including: number of papers (PUB); Category Normalised Citation Impact (CNCI); International Collaboration (IC); the number of papers published in TOP Journals, and the total number of staff winning significant awards.

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