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Australian universities slip down the world rankings

Only two Australian universities have made it onto the World University Rankings list top 50 for 2019.

According to Times Higher Education (THE), the prestige of Australian tertiary education seems to be slipping, with just nine universities making it into the top 200 in the world.

Budget cuts and increased competition from Asian universities seem to be playing a role in the rapid decline. 

The University of Melbourne (pictured) topped the list again coming in at 32nd, the highest Australian placement on the list for the second year in a row

Australian National University (pictured) also just made it into the top 50, coming in at 49th- slipping one spot from last year

Australian National University (pictured) also just made it into the top 50, coming in at 49th- slipping one spot from last year

The University of Melbourne topped the list again, with the highest Australian placement, coming in at 32nd for the second year in a row.

Canberra’s Australian National University also just made it into the top 50, coming in at 49th- slipping one spot from last year.

Ellie Bothwell, global rankings editor at THE expressed concern despite some Australian Universities showing progress.

‘The national picture is a cause for concern, with many universities declining or remaining stagnant,’ she told The Herald Sun. 

The University of Sydney (pictured) managed to climb two places to 59th but just missed out on the top 50 by 9 places

The University of Sydney (pictured) managed to climb two places to 59th but just missed out on the top 50 by 9 places

‘As funding cuts take hold and pressure mounts to cap international student numbers — combined with intensifying competition from Asia — Australia’s universities could well face an uphill struggle in the coming years.’

But while Australian universities slip down the list, those in Asia continue to rise.

Tsinghua University in China climbed eight places to 22nd in the world, overtaking world-renowned institutions such as Princeton, Yale and MIT.

The University of Sydney climbed two places to 59th while the University of Queensland and Monash University also managed to stay inside the top 100 in the world. 

AUSTRALIA’S TOP 9 UNIVERSITIES 2019

#32 – University of Melbourne

#49 – Australian National University

#59 – University of Sydney

#69 – University of Queensland

#84 – Monash University

#96 – University of New South Wales

#134 – University of Western Australia

#135 – University of Adelaide

#196 – University of Technology, Sydney

 

Source: THE World Ranking List

The University of New South Wales plummeted eleven places to 96th and the University of Western Australian fell spectacularly 23 places to 134th. 

The Federal Government announced measures to freeze funding for bachelor courses resulting in $2.2billion savings for taxpayers.

Universities Australia chief executive Catriona Jackson said Australia’s world class standing was at risk unless cuts were reversed.

‘Funding cuts are bad for local and international students. They threaten quality,’ she said. 

Oxford University took out first place in the world for the third year in a row with University of Cambridge coming in second and Standford placing third.   

The University of New South Wales plummeted eleven places to 96th 

The University of New South Wales plummeted eleven places to 96th 

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