The University of Melbourne has overtaken the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra to become Australia's highest-ranked university.
ANU in rankings
Melbourne was ranked 36th in the Times Higher Education magazine world university rankings, with ANU the next highest-ranked Australian university at 43rd.
They were followed by the University of Sydney at 71st, the University of Adelaide at 73rd and the University of Queensland at 81st.
The only other Australian universities ranked in the top 200 were the University of NSW, which ranked 152nd and Monash University (178th).
The rankings are the first released by Times Higher Education since the magazine split with research company QS, which had previously produced the rankings.
They are based on 13 indicators including research publications and citations, public and industry income and proportion of international students and faculty.
Meanwhile ANU has also ranked 66th in the world in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities.
The University fell two places overall in the rankings, which are produced by China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
ANU was placed 28th in Physics, 37th in the broad subject field of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, while also coming in the 51-75 group in both Life an agricultural Sciences and Social Sciences.
Vice-Chancellor of ANU, Professor Ian Young said he was pleased by the result.
“While rankings are imperfect and tend to jump around year-to-year, they do give us a sense of how we sit amongst our peers globally,” Professor Young said.
“It is great to see ANU, as a relatively small institution, continue to sit amongst the best in the world.
“It’s a real testament to the quality of ANU people that we rank strongly.”
The University of Melbourne again took out Australia's top-ranking place at 54, improving on last year’s performance which saw it come in at 57th place.
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