Rankings and ratings
UTS: Top-ranked young university in Australia*
Our steady rise in international rankings over a number of years shows that UTS has been on the right track in a long program of investment in research and teaching and the kind of campus that will support innovation in both.
As ever, our results are thanks to the hard work of our staff, the quality of our students, the impact of our alumni and the commitment of our partners.
Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President
* QS Top 50 Under 50 2016–2021
The most prestigious international rankings agencies have ranked and rated UTS highly in recent years. Here are some of our recent achievements:
- 100 per cent of UTS research in the broad Fields of Research (FOR) at world standard or above in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation.
- Almost 80% of UTS’s assessed research areas rated as having a “high” impact beyond academia (the highest proportion in the country), in the 2018 Engagement and Impact Assessment (EIA).
- 5 stars for excellence across 7 categories (QS Stars Rating 2018–2021).
- Highest performing university in Australia under 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2021).
- Ranked in the Top 150 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021).
- Ranked in the Top 200 universities globally (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021).
- Clarivate Analytics has named ten UTS academics on their list of Highly Cited Researchers 2019, and two of them in two categories (Highly Cited Researchers 2019).
- Ranked 69th in the world for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).
- Winner, Hybrid Learning Award (QS Reimagine Education Awards 2015).
- 11th highest performing university in the world under 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2021).
Fuller details of our recent rankings and ratings performance are given below.
ERA — Excellence in Research for Australia
The Australian Government benchmarked 100 per cent of UTS research in the broad Fields of Research (FOR) at world standard or above in the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation. The results demonstrate an increase in the quality of research at UTS, with more than 70 per cent of our research classified as ‘above world standard’ (ERA ranking 4) or ‘well above world standard’ (ERA ranking 5).
UTS has also increased the number of areas classified as ‘well above world standard’ (the highest assessment), including the following: physical sciences, environmental sciences, agricultural and veterinary sciences, artificial intelligence and image processing, econometrics, macromolecular and materials chemistry, physical chemistry, genetics, biomedical engineering, human movement and sports science, and nursing.
This is the fourth round of ERA, which the Australian Research Council administers to provide an assessment of research excellence within the Australian university sector. The data informs the government’s strategic research investment decision-making process.
EIA - Engagement and Impact Assessment
In the inaugural Engagement and Impact Assessment (EIA), the Australian Government rated almost 80% of UTS’s assessed research areas as having a “high” impact beyond academia, the highest proportion in the country.
In this assessment, research impact was considered in terms of non-academic contributions of research, such as those to the economy, the environment, culture, or society.
Areas in which UTS rated “high” in all three areas (Engagement, Impact, and Approach to Impact) were Biological Sciences, Engineering, Medical and Health Sciences, Built Environment and Design, and Law and Legal Studies.
The EIA 2018 National Report is available via the ARC website. To read more, visit the UTS new release here.
QS World University Rankings
UTS ranked 9th in Australia at 133 (up from 140) in the QS World University Rankings 2021. UTS also ranked 11th in the world and 1st in Australia in the QS Top 50 under 50 in the QS GLOBAL index of newer universities – those less than 50 years old. The rankings are based on research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.
QS World University Rankings
|University of Technology Sydney||218||193||176||160||140||133|
UTS ranked 69th in the world and 7th in Australia in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020. The highest indicator being for UTS's graduate employment rate with the latest figures showing that 78 percent of Australian-resident undergraduates are in employment within four months of graduating.
QS Graduate Employability Rankings
|Institutional Ranking: UTS||69||64||69|
QS Field Rankings in top 150
|Arts & Humanities||96||159||136|
|Engineering & Technology||112||118||106|
|Social Sciences & Management||68||118||125|
QS Subject Rankings
In QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, UTS is among the world’s top institutions in 23 of 48 subjects including nursing, art and design, sports, library and information management, law, accounting and finance, business, communication, computer science, education, architecture, civil engineering, economics, electrical engineering, environmental sciences and statistics. UTS is the highest ranking university in Australia in Nursing and Library and Information Management.
Subject Fields in the Top 150
|Art & Design||31||29||28||23||23|
|Library and Information Management||-||-||-||36||32|
|Accounting & Finance||49||51-100||51-100||51-100||51-100|
|Business & Management Studies||51-100||51-100||51-100||101-150||101-150|
|Communication & Media Studies||51-100||51-100||51-100||51-100||51-100|
|Computer Science & Information Systems||51-100||51–100||51-100||51-100||51-100|
|Education & Training||151-200||101-150||51-100||101-150||51-100|
|Economics & Econometrics||51-100||51-100||101-150||101-150||101-150|
|Architecture / Built Environment||-||101-150||101-150||51-100||51-100|
|Engineering Civil & Structural||101-150||101-150||101-150||51-100||51-100|
|Engineering Electrical & Electronic||101-150||101-150||101-150||51-100||51-100|
|Statistics & Operational Research||-||151-200||101-150||101-150||101-150|
Times Higher Education World University Rankings
UTS is ranked 160 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which judges world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. UTS is 9th in Australia in the THE World University Rankings top 1000.
UTS ranked 2nd in Australia and 15th globally in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020, a comprehensive system designed for universities under 50 years old with indicators linked to industry innovation as well as academic excellence.
|THE WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS||2017||2018||2019||2020||2021|
|University of Technology Sydney||201-250||201-250||196||194||160|
|THE YOUNG UNIVERSITY Rankings (2013-2020)||2013||2014||2015||2016||2017||2018||2019||2020|
|THE Subject Rankings (Broad Subjects)||2018||2019||2020|
|Engineering & Technology||101-125||101-125||101-125|
|Business & Economics||126-150||126-150||101-125|
|Arts & Humanities||251-300||201-250||201-250|
|Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health||251-300||301-400||251-300|
* Pending (not released yet)
Note: UTS did not rank in years prior to 2018
Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
UTS has ranked in the top 300 world universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) conducted by the Shanghai Rankings organisation. ARWU's published rankings for UTS are shown in the table below.
|Academic Ranking of World Universities||2016||2017||2018||2019||2020|
|Institutional Ranking: UTS||301-400||301-400||301-400||201-300||201-300|
|Computer Science and Engineering||-||48||47||29||13|
|Automation & Control||-||NR||101-150||76-100||76-100|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering||-||51-75||101-150||101-150||76-100|
|Energy Science and Engineering||-||151-200||101-150||101-150||51-75|
|Hospitality and Tourism Management||-||51-75||43||43||76-100|
|Instruments Science and Technology||-||151-200||NR||NR||51-75|
|Transportation Science and Technology||-||NR||NR||NR||51-75|
CWTS Leiden Rankings
The CWTS Leiden Ranking measures the impact of research publications and collaborations of universities around the world, and is based on Web of Science indexed publications. In 2020, UTS ranked first in Australia for the proportion of publications in the top 10% of citations for their field, for All Sciences. Over fifteen per cent of UTS papers have appeared in the top ten per cent of All Science journals world-wide, leading UTS to rank 1st in Australia for the third year in a row in this indicator of research excellence.
|Biomedical & Health Sciences||172||148||198||181||218|
|Life & Earth Sciences||233||190||72||29||43|
|Mathematics & Computer Science||12||6||2||6||4|
|Physical Sciences & Engineering||285||137||154||110||56|
|Social Sciences & Humanities||246||298||363||334||300|
* For the proportion of publications in the Top 10% of citations in their field – PP(Top 10%), calculated using fractional counting. Minimum publication output of 100.
UTS has been awarded a significant five stars result for excellence in seven out of eight categories of higher education by QS™ for 2018–2021.
- Teaching: 4 Stars
- Research: 5 Stars
- Internationalisation: 5 Stars
- Employability of our graduates: 5 Stars
- Innovation: 5 Stars
- Inclusiveness: 5 Stars
- Facilities: 5 Stars
- Specialist: Five stars achieved in the academic discipline of Nursing
UTS Business School has been awarded a significant five stars result for excellence in six out of nine categories of higher education by the QS Initiative — QS Stars Business Schools — a rating system for university business schools.
- Teaching & Student Quality: 5 Stars
- Research: 4 Stars
- Internationalisation & Diversity: 5 Stars
- Employability of our graduates: 5 Stars
- Innovation & Entrepreneurship: 5 Stars
- Facilities: 5 Stars
- Rankings & Public Evaluations: 5 Stars
Reimagine Education Award
UTS has been recognised as a world leader in innovative teaching and learning practices, winning the Hybrid Learning Innovation category of the 2015 Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards in Philadelphia.
UTS was nominated for its learning.futures initiative, a several-year-long program aligning future-focused curriculum with informed technology use, designed in tandem with a $1 billion transformation of the UTS City campus.
The award, for the most innovative blended pedagogy to enhance student learning, was accepted by the UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) Professor Shirley Alexander, one of the architects of learning.futures. learning.futures builds on the UTS model of practice-oriented, research inspired learning, integrating the best of online and face-to-face experiences.