Reputation boost for University of Adelaide in latest world university rankings

A boost in reputation for outstanding teaching and learning and world-class research has seen the University of Adelaide again climb in the world university rankings – reaching 111 globally and 7 in Australia in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2022.

The University of Adelaide is now placed 111 in the world and is again 7 in Australia in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2022.

The latest THE rankings have now seen the University of Adelaide soar by almost 100 places in less than 10 years, amid growing competition among tens of thousands of universities around the world.

“The University of Adelaide truly is a world-class university, with an excellent reputation for its teaching and learning and research. Our community and the people of South Australia should be justifiably proud of this latest result,” says the University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Peter Høj AC.

“Over the past eight years the University of Adelaide’s ranking has climbed by almost 100 places and has been on a trajectory of growth towards the world’s top 100.

“With well over 10,000 universities worldwide, we have firmly cemented our reputation among the top 1% of all universities. This is not an easy thing to do in the face of major competition locally and globally,” Professor Høj says.

The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Jennie Shaw, says the latest THE ranking reaffirms the value of a University of Adelaide education.

“What this means for Adelaide graduates is that they receive an education recognised as among the very best anywhere in the world,” Professor Shaw says.

“The quality of our graduates’ learning is not only highly regarded, they will embark on careers with new knowledge, new ways of thinking, and the ability to tackle the world’s great challenges – skills that are highly relevant to their future success.

“Our students also benefit from learning in a campus environment in the heart of one of the world’s most liveable cities; the global pandemic has reinforced how much our students value that campus environment,” she says.

The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Anton Middelberg, says the latest rise in global rankings also has other potential benefits for South Australia and the nation.

“Being ranked among the best in the world means that top universities and industry from across the globe want to collaborate with us. They recognise that our expertise holds great value for them, and by collaborating we will be able to generate mutually beneficial outcomes for industry, government and the communities we serve,” Professor Middelberg says.

“The Lot Fourteen innovation precinct is one such example, with our world-leading expertise in machine learning and artificial intelligence being sought after by industry and government partners, working in an innovation ecosystem that simply didn’t exist in Adelaide 10 years ago.

“The same can be said for the BioMed City precinct in Adelaide’s west end, which will soon be home to our new $80 million cancer institute, SAiGENCI (South Australian immunoGENomics Cancer Institute), or our collaboration with industry and government to secure the nation’s sovereign capability in vaccine manufacture for the benefit of all Australians,” he says.

Current global rankings for the University of Adelaide:

  • QS World University Rankings: 108
  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings: 111
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities: 133
  • US News Best Global Universities: 73