Current rankings

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) has ranked the University of Newcastle in the top 251-275 group of universities, up from 276-300 in 2012.

Nationally, UON has moved up two places since 2012 to rank ninth in the country, and the University is now the highest ranked by the THE outside a capital city in Australia.

Times Higher Education rate institutions across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook and use 13 performance indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

The University of Newcastle was the only Australian university among six finalists in the 2013 Times Higher Education International Video Competition.


QS World University Rankings

In 2013, QS World University Rankings also placed the University of QS World University Ranking logoNewcastle in the top three per cent in the world, specifically at position 298, and at 26th in the world on their list of the world's highest achieving universities under the age of 50 - the QS Top 50 under 50.

Our ranking improvement of seven places on the QS Top 50 under 50 list was the biggest improvement for any Australian university.

QS use a set of six indicators to present a multi-faceted view of the relative strengths of the world's leading universities.

Twelve disciplines in top 200 and rising

Taking a closer look at the 2014 QS Subject Rankings, 12 University of Newcastle disciplines are now ranked in the top 200 universities across the globe. 

Our star performer is the Civil and Structural Engineering discipline which entered the world's Top 50, increasing its ranking by 14 places up to 45th in the world.

The University's Geography discipline ranked in the top 100 for the second year in a row, and Linguistics, which entered the QS World subject rankings last year, moved into the top 100 in 2014.

The University's other Engineering subjects, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, each ranked in the world's top 200. The Environmental Sciences program debuted on the Top 200 list this year. 

These outstanding results highlight our consistent delivery of high-impact research and world-class education outcomes. And we just keep getting better.

About World university rankings

In the global higher education sector, universities are more and more drawn to independent ranking systems to measure their position in the world. 

Each year, various world-wide systems measure our academic and research performance against the world's best universities, including the Ivy League in the USA, the Russell Group in the United Kingdom, the 'Group of 9' in China and of course, Australia's own prestigious institutions.

Top 100 Most International Universities

The University of Newcastle has been named by the Times Higher Education (THE) as one of the top 100 most international universities in the world.

Using the 'international outlook' indicator, from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, UoN achieved an international indicator score of 70.5, placing it 93rd in the global list.

The international indicator examines a university's international student numbers, its percentage of international staff and the proportion of its research papers published with a co-author from at least one other country.


QS Stars - Rated for ExcellenceQS Stars 2014 rated for excellence

In 2014 we once again achieved the maximum overall QS Stars ranking of five stars, with five and four star ratings across key areas.

QS Stars gives universities the opportunity to highlight their strengths via awarded recognition and across a broad set of criteria. Over 30 criteria contribute towards the overall assessment grouped into eight categories: research, employability, teaching, infrastructure, internationalisation, innovation, engagement and the institution's standing in specialist subjects.


Excellence in Research Australia (ERA)

In 2012, Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) ranked us equal 7th for our research that is "well above world standard", with the maximum score of five in 22 broad categories. We were the only university to achieve a score of five for our Social Work research. 

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2012 assessment is conducted by the Australian Government to measure the research performance of Australia's higher education institutions.