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At a time when there is not much good news for Australian universities Macquarie University has just gained its highest ever world ranking placing it within the top 200 in the world.

The 2021 UK Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings ranked Macquarie at 195th placing it in the top one percent of universities worldwide.

Every ranking uses a different set of criteria and what sets the THE rankings apart is an assessment on international outlook among its five pillars of higher education excellence: teaching, industry income, research, and citations.

Macquarie has also risen to 24th place (from 33rd) in the THE’s Golden Age University Rankings. The Golden Age ranking uses the same five pillars to identify the best universities established for more than 50 years, but less than 80 years.

The Times Higher Education Rankings are not the only rankings to show a leap forward this year. In June, the QS rankings saw Macquarie move up 23 places to 214th globally. This also places Macquarie in 12th place among Australian universities and consolidates its position in the top one percent of universities worldwide. QS assesses more than 3,500 institutions globally on research, teaching, employability and international outlook, and publishes the standings of the top 1,000 universities worldwide. Reputation is a key measure, with the views of more than 139,000 academics and employers accounting for half of the total score.

The Times Higher Education and QS rankings assess the performance of the University across all disciplines and are a result of Macquarie University’s increasing reputation for excellence and impact in research and teaching, of which both are a focus of Macquarie’s strategic plan. The rankings are testament to the hard work of Macquarie’s academics and staff over the past few years.

MGSM Alumni Association would like to congratulate the Vice Chancellor and the team of academics and staff for these results.

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