International Ranking Schemes
There are a number of international ranking schemes used to compare universities across a range of indicators. These indicators are then combined to provide an overall score which determines a university's ranking.
The University of Newcastle continues to build its global reputation for being one of the world's most prestigious universities. For over 50 years, our outstanding educators have achieved a long list of accolades and our world-class researchers are recognised internationally for their contribution to many fields of inquiry. Our remarkable students continue to impress with stories of success within the region and on the national and world stage.
The University of Newcastle has a proud history of achievement that has led to strong outcomes in international university rankings. Together and as individuals, we are among the world's best.
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First compiled in 2004, the QS World University Rankings currently ranks 1,000 of the world's finest universities.
In 2019, UON placed 207th in the QS World University Rankings, up an impressive 91 places in seven years.
See our media release which outlines the University of Newcastle's performance in the QS World University Rankings.
See the 2020 QS World University Rankings.
The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2019 list the best global universities based on core missions including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. THE World University rankings utilises 13 performance indicators to measure performance on the 5 core missons – Teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
The 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) ranks the University of Newcastle in the top 350 universities in the world.
The Good Universities Guide rates the performance of Australian universities on a broad range of indicators and examines the educational experiences and outcomes of graduates. To receive five star ratings in any category, a university needs to score amongst the top 20% of higher educations in the category.
In the 2019 Good Universities Guide, the University of Newcastle (UON) has achieved impressive five-star ratings for social equity (#1 in NSW) and overall experience.
ARWU considers every university that has any Nobel Laureates, Fields Medallists, Highly Cited Researchers, or papers published in Nature or Science. In addition, universities with a significant amount of papers indexed by Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) are also included. In total, more than 1,200 universities are ranked and the best 500 are published on the web.
In 2017, UON ranked in the top 301-400 universities in the world.
ShanghaiRanking has published the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by academic subjects since 2009. Over 4,000 universities are ranked in 54 subjects across Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences.
In 2019, the University of Newcastle achieved outstanding results, with six subjects ranked in the world's top 150. Notably, the University ranked 8th in the world for Automation and Control Engineering.
The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative is an evaluation of research quality in universities by the Australian government. It is administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and was conducted in 2010, 2012 and 2015.
The ERA assessment covers six years of research and judges research quality.
In 2015, the ERA assessment placed the University of Newcastle in the Top 8 universities for research that is 'well above world standard'. The UON achieved the highest possible '5' rating for 22 fields of research, an increase from 18 in 2012.
Visit our ERA data page for a better understanding of the assessment and a detailed view of our results.