ANU still top
The latest international league table of universities puts the ANU at the head of the Australian list.
ANU ranked 27th in the world on the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings for 2013-2014. However, it has fallen from 24th place last year and 26th place in 2011.
Its main Australian rival, the University of Melbourne, is closing the gap, coming in 31st this year, up from 36th in 2012.
Vice Chancellor at ANU, Ian Young said he had been waiting for the results of the latest ranking "with interest".
"While rankings are imperfect measures and jump around year-to-year, they do provide some comparison with our international peers," Professor Young said.
The University of Sydney rose one place to 38 while the University of Queensland rose three places to 43. Twenty Australian universities made the top 400.
The rankings are considered one of the top three most influential and reputable international league tables alongside the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities originating from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
In this latest ranking, ANU is placed alongside partners in the International Alliance of Research Universities - the University of California, Berkeley, the National University of Singapore and University of Tokyo as well as the University of Hong Kong and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris.
"To be placed among such peers is an honour. This is an outcome of which we can all be proud, and a reflection of the commitment and quality of ANU staff and students,'' Professor Young said.
Edition 379, 17 September 2013